In general, an HVAC system will last 15 to 25 years, but several different factors can affect its lifespan, including:
At Air Authority, our NATE-certified technicians know what it takes to keep a HVAC system running smoothly for as long as possible. Below, we’ll expand on each of these factors to help you keep your AC and furnace running smoothly for as long as possible.
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It would be best if you had your HVAC equipment professionally serviced once a year. Regular HVAC maintenance will ensure that your system is working safely and runs efficiently. Regular ongoing maintenance from a certified tech will also prevent frequent breakdowns due to excessive wear and tear or malfunctioning parts. Even though service visits require a monetary investment, it’s worth it in the long run. With preventative maintenance, your HVAC system will last longer because you can catch minor issues before they become big, costly problems.
Replacing your air filters regularly will prevent unnecessary wear and tear on your HVAC system because it won’t have to work as hard to pump air through a dirty filter. Not to mention, old and deteriorating air filters can release fibers and debris into your HVAC system, contributing to mechanical breakdowns or failures that leave you without heat or air conditioning when you need it most.
At a minimum, you should change your HVAC air filters every three months. But, it’s best to check them monthly and if they look dirty or dusty, replace them.
Proper sizing and usage of HVAC equipment
When it comes to HVAC systems, bigger isn’t always better. For example, if your AC is too big for your home, it will short-cycle (turn on and off frequently). This leads to excessive wear and tear on your system, which will reduce its lifespan. Likewise, if your AC is undersized, it will have to work longer and harder to keep your home cool.
Similarly, if you run your heat or AC while doors or windows are open, you’ll not only waste valuable energy, but your HVAC system will also have to work harder to cool or heat your home.
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If you need help maintaining your HVAC equipment, we’re here to help. With years of industry experience and countless happy customers, you can rely on us to keep your air conditioner and furnace running smoothly when it matters most. Call (210) 290-8270 or contact us online to schedule your service today.
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