Whether you bought your HVAC system new or inherited it when you moved into your home, you want to make sure it lasts as long as possible. Did you know that many HVAC systems last an average of 20 years? When homeowners follow a proper HVAC maintenance timeline, they often see their systems reaching or exceeding that average.
Let’s take a look at what a good HVAC maintenance timeline looks like:
If you buy your system new, you want to start off on the right foot. Get a professional evaluation to determine the proper size of units for your system so they aren’t overworked. This helps extend their life.
Also, make sure you have your new system professionally installed. DIY can save money in the short term, but a simple mistake in the installation can shorten the life of your system or create a safety hazard.
If you’re inheriting your system or have had it a while, you can move to the middle of the timeline. This section has two parts:
- Monthly maintenance that you can do yourself.
- Seasonal maintenance done by the pros.
In general, monthly maintenance involves keeping your filters clean by washing them if they’re reusable or replacing them if they’re disposable.
In addition, during the summer months, you can check your outside A/C unit periodically to make sure the condenser fins are clean and no plants or debris are blocking air flow.
Twice a year, get your HVAC technician to do a routine maintenance checkup. In the fall, have him service your furnace. In the spring, have him service your air conditioner. Some of the areas a maintenance checkup cover include:
- Making sure the controls are working properly on the unit
- Checking for leaks (coolant, air, gas)
- Inspecting and tightening electric connections
- Looking for signs of problems before they require costly repairs
Whether you’re near the start or the end of your HVAC maintenance timeline, we can help you get the most out of the HVAC system in your Cleveland-area home. Contact Geisel Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing today!
Our goal is to help educate our customers about energy and home comfort issues. For more information about maintenance and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Guide or give us a call at 440-345-8795.
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