Is your HVAC system 5, 10, or even 20 years old and still going? Maybe you don’t even know how old your A/C and furnace actually are, nor have an inkling of their maintenance history. That’s not unusual, but it should be remedied ASAP. Use this guide to get a good grasp for your HVAC maintenance timeline and system replacement down the road.
Professional preventive maintenance is essential for the efficient operation of your A/C, furnace, and ductwork. Worn and dirty parts just don’t perform well — it’s as simple as that.
Schedule maintenance with your HVAC provider twice a year. Just like inspecting your CO and smoke detectors each spring and fall, make preventive maintenance easy and consistent — spring for cooling and fall for heating.
You can help your HVAC system get the most out of its years with simple do-it-yourself maintenance tasks. Check your air filter each month and change it as needed. A clogged filter can make your cooling and heating systems fail quickly.
Keep the area around the outdoor portion and the grille of your A/C or heat pump clear of leaves, debris, snow and ice, and any other obstructions to airflow.
There are generally three reasons to replace your HVAC system. First of all, if you’re facing an expensive repair to an older cooling or heating system, you may be better off spending the repair funds for a new high-efficiency unit.
Secondly, you may want to replace your old system to enjoy the superior comfort and energy savings afforded from new “smart” HVAC systems.
Or, your old A/C, heat pump, or furnace has finally stopped working — down for the count for good. If you’re just curious and not necessarily facing a repair or replacement decision, you may expect your A/C or heat pump to last 10-15 years. If you use a gas furnace, you can squeeze out 20 years of reliable heating if you take good care of it.
For questions about your HVAC maintenance timeline or system replacement, contact Team Bob’s Heating Cooling Plumbing!
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Traverse City, Michigan and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about HVAC maintenance timelines and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Guide or call us at 231-714-6196.
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