How To Prolong The Life Of Your HVAC Unit

If you want to keep your HVAC in the best shape possible to prolong its life, we put together 12 things you should consider doing. Homeowners rely on their HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) units to keep their homes comfortable all year round. but…

Homeowners rely on their HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) units to keep their homes comfortable all year round. But, like all mechanical systems, HVAC units require regular maintenance to function properly and last as long as possible. By taking a few simple steps, homeowners can extend the life of their HVAC units and avoid costly repairs or replacements.

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Here are 12 things homeowners can do to prolong the life of their HVAC unit:

  1. Change air filters regularly. Dirty air filters can restrict air flow, causing the HVAC unit to work harder and eventually lead to a breakdown. Homeowners should change their air filters every 1-3 months, depending on usage and conditions. Read our blog How often should house filters be changed to see when you should replace your filters.
  2. Clean the outdoor uni. Leaves, debris, and dirt can build up on the outdoor unit. Homeowners should clean the outdoor unit at least twice a year, or more frequently if needed.
  3. Keep the HVAC system level. An HVAC unit that’s not level can cause problems with refrigerant flow and lead to a breakdown. If you notice your unit is not level, please call one of our Austex professional technicians out to help.
  4. Keep the indoor unit clear. Don’t place furniture or other objects close to the indoor unit, which can block air flow and reduce efficiency.
  5. Schedule regular maintenance. Preventative maintenance contracts include two service visits per year for one unit.
  6. Check duct work for leaks. Leaky duct work can reduce the efficiency of the HVAC unit and increase energy bills. Homeowners should have their duct work inspected and repaired by a professional.
  7. Insulate the duct work. Insulating duct work can help reduce heat loss in the winter and heat gain in the summer, improving the efficiency of the HVAC unit.
  8. Install a programmable thermostat. A programmable thermostat allows homeowners to set the temperature in their home to match their schedules, reducing energy usage and prolonging the life of the HVAC unit. Ask one of our technicians for an upgraded smart thermostat, so you can control it from your phone!
  9. Upgrade to an energy-efficient HVAC system. If your HVAC is getting pretty old. It may be time to ask one of our technicians about upgrading your HVAC system. An energy-efficient HVAC system can reduce energy usage, lower energy bills, and extend the life of the unit.
  10. Keep the area around the outdoor unit clear. Make sure there’s at least two feet of clearance around the outdoor unit to allow proper air flow.
  11. Avoid short-cycling. Short-cycling is when the HVAC unit turns on and off too frequently, putting extra strain on the system and reducing its lifespan. Homeowners should make sure their HVAC system runs for at least 15 minutes each time it cycles.
  12. Upgrade insulation. Improper insulation can make it harder for the HVAC unit to cool or heat the home, reducing its efficiency and lifespan.

By following these 12 simple steps, homeowners can prolong the life of their HVAC unit and keep their homes comfortable for years to come. Regular maintenance and a few simple upgrades can save homeowners money in the long run by reducing energy bills and avoiding costly repairs or replacements.

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