As the temperature dips, you may be wondering whether your HVAC system is ready for another winter. Maybe it seemed to be having difficulties in the heat this past summer and you aren’t sure how it’ll handle the ups and downs of the coming seasons.
Inevitably, every homeowner has to consider how long their HVAC system will actually last. Unfortunately, there’s no single answer to that question, since HVAC life expectancy can depend on several factors. However, there are ways to extend the life expectancy of your HVAC system, which will save you a lot of money in the long run and keep you comfortable too.
Is There a General Life Expectancy on My HVAC System?
Based on the specific unit you have, the manufacturer may include an estimated life expectancy. However, this is just an estimate. An overall estimate could be up to 15-20 years or more based on the model and use.
Keep in mind that each unit is unique in the sense that it will run and become fatigued based on your individual needs and home environment. These are just two factors that can actually decrease the life expectancy of the system.
This doesn’t account for accidents or miscellaneous component wear, or even environmental anomalies like harsh winter effects. Things can and do happen that will tax your HVAC unit to the point that it breaks down sooner than expected. Though in many cases, such damage can usually be repaired or even prevented through routine maintenance.
HVAC Maintenance: the Key to Extending Your Unit’s Life Expectancy
Routine HVAC maintenance is a proven way to extend the life expectancy of your system. In addition to keeping your house safe, cool, and warm, you’ll find that you actually save money over time.
Regularly servicing your heating and cooling systems with trained professionals helps you stop minor wear or component issues from escalating into expensive problems. The last thing that you want is to replace an HVAC unit that you’ve only had for a few years due to a simple oversight!
Here are a few basic HVAC maintenance points to check regularly:
- Clean or change air filters
- Lubricate all motors and bearings (if necessary)
- Change refrigerant insulation whenever necessary
- Check for worn bearings in all motors
HVAC maintenance is highly preventative in nature because it ensures that critical systems are working effectively so that the whole unit remains functional. And of course, your chosen HVAC Specialists are solving immediate mechanical problems affecting you in the present. Remember, it’s cheaper to maintain than it is to replace!
Repairs get more expensive if not addressed immediately to prevent further degradation. Take the time to ensure that your HVAC unit is properly maintained so that you can enjoy much better use out of the HVAC system as a whole.
Extend the Life Expectancy of Your HVAC System with Exxel Mechanical Services
At Exxel Mechanical Services, we offer Silver and Gold plans to provide flexible pricing options and specific HVAC services for you to choose from. Not sure what your furnace or AC unit needs? All of our services come with a free inspection so we can fully evaluate your HVAC system(s) and provide the best solutions to keep your equipment running safely and effectively.