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Maximize Your HVAC System: How to Extend the Equipment’s Life Span

HVAC system life spanIn the Fort Worth and Benbrook area, choosing quality heating and cooling equipment goes a long way toward avoiding unexpected breakdowns. What really helps extend the life of an HVAC system, however, is proper, routine maintenance, much of which you can do by yourself.

  • Look after the air filter – A dirty air filter interferes with airflow and places strain on components. This is the number one cause of HVAC system malfunctions. During the heating and cooling seasons, a 1-inch fiberglass filter should generally be changed every month or two. Higher-efficiency models, such as pleated synthetic filters, last longer, improve efficiency and help extend the life of an HVAC system.
  • Clean the outdoor unit – The aluminum fins on the air conditioner’s outdoor unit can gather grass clippings, leaves, and other yard debris that prevent it from taking in the right amount of airflow. Periodically remove this debris using a stiff brush. Once or twice per season, use a garden hose to rinse the fins down from the inside out.
  • Monitor the drain lines – Now and then, check the A/C drip pan and drain line for blockages that can cause a backup. If you have a high-efficiency condensing furnace, this too has a drain line that should be monitored for blockages.
  • Maintain good airflow – To prevent damaging airflow and pressure problems, don’t close more than one or two registers and avoid blocking them with furniture or drapes. Once or twice a year, vacuum out the inside of the register to encourage good airflow.

DIY upkeep helps, but annual professional maintenance of your home HVAC system is essential to ensuring it reaches its full life span.

For more pro tips on how to maintain and extend the life of an HVAC system, or to schedule an annual inspection, contact us at Airwise Heating & Air Conditioning.

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