Great Tips for Extending the Life of Your HVAC System

An HVAC system is a big investment, not just because it’s expensive but also because it’s something you’ll use almost every day of the year in Amarillo. Keeping your furnace, heat pump, and/or air conditioner in top working condition means you’ll get more years out of your installation, and more comfort out of those years.

Great Tips for Extending the Life of Your HVAC SystemHere are some tips to help you make sure that your system will be with you for many years to come:

  • Check your air filter monthly and change as needed. It seems like no big deal, but a clogged air filter is the leading cause of HVAC failure. When the filter is clogged, the system can’t circulate air, which means homeowners put more demands on it, the fan motor is overtaxed, and in some cases the furnace can risk overheating. A clean air filter keeps your system healthy.
  • Schedule your annual maintenance. Signing a service agreement with your local HVAC contractor can help keep you on top of this. Having your system checked out once a year means that fewer large issues will catch you unaware; your contractor may be able to catch problems and fix them before they become costly breakdowns.
  • Don’t try DIY repairs or use off-brand replacement parts. Not only do you have no guarantee of quality or compatibility when using third-party parts or service, but you could also void your warranty.
  • Keep vents clear, open and unobstructed. When your vents are closed, blocked by furniture or cluttered, the air pressure in your whole system can change. And if you’re closing vents to save money by not conditioning one room, think again; it may actually cost you more.
  • Keep outdoor units clean. Your A/C or heat pump’s outdoor condenser needs good clearance on the three sides to operate effectively.

If you want to learn more about how to keep your HVAC system working better, longer, call us up at Amarillo Air Conditioning!

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Amarillo, Texas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about HVAC systems and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.

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