Depending on the model, heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) equipment can last change to 10-12 years. Other factors that can have a negative impact on your equipment’s lifespan include:
- Poor Quality Components
- Oversized AC Systems
- Improper Installation
- Installation in Corrosive Environments
Still, the most significant factor in determining the life expectancy of HVAC equipment is whether you have properly maintained the system. Going without regular maintenance is detrimental to the system’s longevity and may lead to issues sooner rather than later.
Unmaintained systems have to work 20% harder than serviced HVAC units just to keep up, putting them under unnecessary added stress. According to the Indoor Air Quality Association, preventative and proactive maintenance reduces your risk of repairing HVAC units by 95% and removes airborne contaminants 2 to 5 times better than their poorly maintained counterparts.
To get the most out of your HVAC equipment, experts suggest having HVAC maintenance performed twice yearly: once for your AC in the spring before the summer heat kicks in and again in the fall to prep your heater before winter comes.
Troubleshooting minor issues can also reduce the likelihood of needing to repair your HVAC equipment significantly. Keeping an eye out for trouble helps you stay on top of small issues before they become serious problems. In addition to that, it can increase the lifespan of your machine by keeping parts working efficiently so that no other component has to pick up the slack.
While most maintenance and troubleshooting tasks will fall on a qualified technician, you can do a few things to maintain your HVAC efficiency right at home.
- Change Air Filters: Clogged air filters can lead to further clogs in the unit. They also increase the stress on your machine, making it work harder. When this happens, your bills increase, and the air output decreases along with its quality.
You should change your filters every 2 to 3 months for optimal performance.
- Clean the Coils: Making sure your HVAC’s coils and fins are debris-free will help keep air flowing more evenly throughout the house.
It’s a simple task, but make sure you don’t use too much pressure. If you bend a fin, no worries. Buy a simple fin comb from any hardware store to straighten them out.
- Set Your Thermostat: Turn up the temperature in your house when you plan on staying gone. This lessens the time the system must run to maintain your specifications.
Doing small things to keep up your HVAC equipment’s efficiency will go a long way. However, don’t forget to watch for anything out of the ordinary while performing these tasks. Repairing HVAC equipment gets more expensive the longer you wait, so it pays to catch red flags early through troubleshooting.