Do you know that the average lifespan of your air conditioner is 12 to 15 years? Furnaces last for nearly two decades. If you don't have plans to move to a new location, you would inevitably replace your HVAC system. But both ACs and heaters require proper maintenance if they are to last that long. You can't expect them to keep working at their optimal condition without cleaning the filters or changing the refrigerant.
If you don't pay attention to their maintenance, they may not last half their expected lifespan. Here are a few ways to extend the life of your HVAC system:
1. Schedule tune-ups twice a year
Usually, HVAC systems don't require high maintenance. That doesn't mean you will only call a technician when the system fails to work correctly. Routine checkups are essential if you want the HVAC system to last long. It is best if you schedule tune-ups at least twice a year. This would include thoroughly inspecting the HVAC system, lubricating moving parts, clearing the grime from condensate drain tube, replacing filters, cleaning the condenser, checking refrigerant levels, and examining the heat exchanger for chips and cracks.
2. Installing a damper
Installing HVAC dampers can improve the efficiency of your AC and furnace. They even increase the longevity of your HVAC system. Dampers affect the ability of your HVAC to maintain a comfortable humidity and temperature level in your home. New dampers not only increase the life of HVACs and improve their efficiency but also lower their energy consumption. They make your HVAC work at their optimal condition without too much effort. You can talk to the HVAC technician regarding the replacement of the damper.
3. Use the auto fan setting
Many HVAC systems come with dual fan settings: "On" means the fan would run continuously, and "Auto" says the fan will run only when the HVAC system is actively cooling or heating. Some systems have dual-speed fans. They offer energy-efficient fan settings between cooling and heating cycles. Using the "auto" setting allows the system to work according to the room temperature. It doesn't force the HVAC unit to work hard when it doesn't need to.
4. Check the condenser
Your AC's condenser takes a lot of beating, especially during severe storms and heavy rainfall. Although they are built to last for years, it is best to check the condenser regularly. Look for signs of damage after a significant storm. Keep weeds and leaves away from the capacitor so that it can breathe freely.
5. Use a smart thermostat
Smart thermostats are not just easy to control; they are also easily programmable. You can switch it from your mobile or tablet from anywhere. It is possible to program some of the smart thermostats to adjust your HVAC system. They learn its schedule. Accordingly, they make energy-saving adjustments. This means your HVAC would not work at full power all the time. That helps in extending its lifespan.
Your HVAC system should run throughout its expected lifespan if you maintain it properly. Follow the tips above to ensure that it works optimally instead of breaking down in just a few years.