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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Most homeowners don't look forward to buying a new HVAC system. Not only is it expensive, but it can be stressful and take a lot of time while you research your options. In order to minimize the number of times you need to buy an HVAC system, take care of the one you have. You can extend HVAC system life by doing the following.

Tips to Extend HVAC System Life

  • Changing the air filter often. You should inspect and change the air filter as needed. Your filter is responsible for removing harmful particles from the air, and gets clogged over time as they accumulate. A dirty air filter reduces airflow, which makes your blower motor work harder. This can lead to a short lifespan if your filter is regularly dirty.
  • Clean your system. While it's a good idea to get a professional cleaning once in a while, your cleaning priorities should be focused to the outdoor condenser unit. Grass, leaves, dust and more can accumulate over the outdoor coil and lower your system's efficiency. You can usually clean it by simply spraying it gently with a garden hose.
  • Keep your vents open. You might be tempted to close air vents in certain parts of your home, but try not to. If a vent is continually closed, moisture can buildup and cause mold, which then gets into your air. Mold is bad news for your HVAC system and for your health.
  • Vacuum and dust vents. Even if your vents are open, it's possible for dust and other debris to collect and clog them, having the same effect on airflow. Use a damp rag or vacuum to clean the vents every once in a while.
  • Check your discharge pipe. The pipe that leads outdoors and is part of your HVAC system is called a discharge pipe. If it becomes frozen and clogged in the winter, you will face a hefty repair bill. Inspect it often, especially before winter and remove any blockages.

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