One of the most important steps you can take to extend the life of your air conditioner, heat pump, and HVAC system is to schedule regular maintenance appointments with a qualified technician. This allows for timely inspections, cleaning, and adjustments. This proactive approach helps identify potential issues early on and ensures that your system operates at its optimal performance level. Additionally, following the manufacturer’s recommended maintenance guidelines can contribute to the longevity of your HVAC system.
There are several other things you can do to keep your HVAC system functioning properly:
- Change your air filter regularly.
- Keep the area around your unit clean and clear of debris.
- Keep your thermostat at a consistent temperature: Constantly adjusting your thermostat can put additional strain on your HVAC system, causing it to work harder than necessary.
- Keep your outdoor unit shaded: If your outdoor HVAC unit is located in direct sunlight, it can cause it to overheat and work less efficiently. To combat this, consider planting trees or installing a shade structure to keep your unit cool and shaded during the hottest parts of the day.
By following these tips and taking proactive steps to care for your HVAC system, you can enjoy many years of reliable, efficient cooling and heating.
Asking how to extend the life of an HVAC system is a frequent question we get, along with the questions below.
- How long can an HVAC system last?
- What time of year is the least expensive to replace an HVAC system?
- How often should HVAC filters be changed?
How long can an HVAC system last?
The lifespan of an HVAC system can vary depending on multiple factors, including the quality of the equipment, usage patterns, maintenance practices, and environmental conditions. While some HVAC systems may experience significant issues and require replacement within 10 to 15 years, it is possible for a well-maintained system to last up to 30 years or even longer.
However, it’s important to note that even with meticulous maintenance, there may come a point where the cost of repairs outweighs the benefits of keeping an older system. As HVAC technology advances, newer units often improve energy efficiency and performance. Therefore, if your system is approaching the 20- to 30-year mark, consider upgrading to take advantage of the latest features and potentially reduce energy consumption.
What time of year is the cheapest to replace HVAC?
How often should HVAC filters be changed?
Generally speaking, the majority of HVAC and air filter manufacturers advise changing your air filter every 90 days, or 3 months. This may vary depending on your home’s location (such as in dusty, dry areas), whether you have any pets, and the system and equipment’s age.
If you have other questions about maintaining your HVAC system and getting the most life out of it, get in touch at (434) 296-9980, or use our contact form. Let Fitch Services in Charlottesville, Virginia, be your ultimate resource for maintenance and repairs for HVAC, plumbing and electrical.