When you extend your HVAC system’s life, you not only delay its replacement but you also cut its energy consumption. Both save you money and help your system run dependably when you need it to the most. That said, here are four ways to prolong your system’s lifespan.
Check the Air Filter Regularly
Tend to the air filter when the system is in regular use. Nothing reduces the lifetime of an HVAC system faster than a dirty air filter. The filter traps dust and dirt that otherwise harms the parts and increases its running time. The filter must also be the exact size for the system and not exceed the manufacturer’s recommendations for density.
Keep an Eye on the Outdoor Condenser
Remember to pay attention to the outdoor condenser. During the colder months, the outdoor condenser has to cool the heated refrigerant from your home. Making sure it isn’t blocked with vegetation and the condensing coil is clean. Clean the condenser every spring and intermittently throughout the summer. When it’s time to turn the A/C off in the fall, don’t cover the condenser, since moisture that doesn’t evaporate quickly can damage its parts.
Don’t Block the Air From Flowing Naturally
One of the myths surrounding HVAC systems is that you can extend the life of an HVAC system by closing off rooms you don’t use and blocking the registers. This action will actually increase the wear on the equipment, since it increases the air pressure. It may even cause the ductwork to develop leaks, sending conditioned air elsewhere, taking the equipment longer to heat or cool your home, and adding wear to the system.
Contact a Professional for an Inspection
Have a professional HVAC technician service your system annually. As heating and cooling systems run, they create vibrations that loosen parts. Some of the components require lubrication and thorough cleaning, like the condensate drainpipe that removes water from the cooling side of the HVAC system. The technicians bring your system back to factory settings as much as possible, lowering energy consumption and prolonging its life.
The pros at Gartner Heating & Cooling can help you extend the life of an HVAC system with thorough professional maintenance. We’ve provided top-notch HVAC services for homeowners in Chicago and its northern suburbs since 1985.
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