Your HVAC system represents a substantial investment, so you should do everything you can to make it last as long as it can. HVAC systems are designed to run for many years — some might last for as long as two decades, and are only replaced because the homeowner is looking for greater HVAC efficiency or more modern features. If you’d like to extend HVAC system life in your home, read the following.
Get the Right Size Equipment
The key to long-lived HVAC equipment actually starts before you install it. Make sure you get the right size equipment. A system that’s too large will short cycle, turning on and off too often, while a system that’s too small will struggle to cool or heat a home. Both scenarios wear out equipment before its time. Insist the HVAC consultant use Manuals J, S and D to determine the proper size of the HVAC system being installed.
Change the Air Filter
Changing the air filter is the single most important thing you can do to preserve the life of your HVAC system. A clean air filter keeps particles out of the system better than a dirty one, and also helps the A/C or furnace to run more efficiently, without straining to cool or heat. A dense, good quality, pleated air filter also captures smaller particles that might be recirculated in your home’s air.
Schedule HVAC Maintenance Twice a Year
You can’t just turn on the A/C and furnace every year, run them for extended periods, and expect them to keep working forever. Sooner or later, parts break down and need to be replaced. It’s always best to catch potential problems before they become big problems. A typical HVAC system checkup should include inspection of controls, thermostat, electrical connections and blower. For the furnace, the service tech should check the burners and heat exchanger, and for the A/C, the condenser and evaporator coils, as well as the compressor and refrigerant charge.
For more on how to extend HVAC system life, contact Bradbury Brothers Heating & Air Conditioning. We serve Montgomery, Shenandoah, Tomball and the surrounding area.