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How to Extend the Lifespan of Your HVAC System

June 7, 2024 | Blog

As the summer heat intensifies in Highland Park, ensuring your HVAC system is running efficiently becomes a top priority. At Public Service Plumbers, we understand the importance of a reliable HVAC system, especially during the sweltering months. Founded in 1959, we have been the trusted provider of HVAC and plumbing services in Highland Park, University Park, and Addison. Our commitment to excellence and customer satisfaction is reflected in our tagline, “Service is our middle name.”

Extending the lifespan of your HVAC system not only saves you money but also ensures your home remains comfortable year-round. Here are some expert tips to help you maximize the longevity of your HVAC system.

1. Regular Maintenance is Key

One of the most effective ways to extend the lifespan of your HVAC system is through regular maintenance. Schedule bi-annual check-ups with a professional HVAC technician from Public Service Plumbers. During these visits, our experts will:

  • Inspect and clean the system components
  • Check for any wear and tear
  • Ensure the system is running efficiently

Regular maintenance helps identify potential issues before they become major problems, saving you from costly repairs and ensuring your system runs smoothly.

2. Change Air Filters Regularly

Air filters play a crucial role in maintaining the efficiency of your HVAC system. Over time, filters can become clogged with dust, dirt, and other particles, forcing your system to work harder. This not only reduces efficiency but also shortens the lifespan of your HVAC unit.

We recommend changing your air filters every 1-3 months, depending on usage and the type of filter. A clean filter ensures better air quality and reduces the strain on your system.

3. Keep the Outdoor Unit Clean

The outdoor unit of your HVAC system is exposed to the elements and can accumulate dirt, leaves, and debris. This can obstruct airflow and reduce the efficiency of your system.

Regularly inspect and clean the outdoor unit to ensure it is free from obstructions. Trim any nearby vegetation to maintain at least two feet of clearance around the unit. This simple step can significantly improve the performance and lifespan of your HVAC system.

4. Use a Programmable Thermostat

A programmable thermostat allows you to set specific temperatures for different times of the day, reducing the workload on your HVAC system. For instance, you can set the thermostat to a higher temperature when you are not at home and lower it before you return.

This not only saves energy but also reduces wear and tear on your system, extending its lifespan. At Public Service Plumbers, we can help you choose and install the right programmable thermostat for your home.

5. Seal and Insulate Your Home

Proper insulation and sealing of your home can significantly reduce the strain on your HVAC system. Ensure that your windows, doors, and ductwork are properly sealed to prevent air leaks.

Insulating your home helps maintain a consistent temperature, reducing the need for your HVAC system to work harder. This not only extends the lifespan of your system but also lowers your energy bills.

6. Avoid Overworking Your System

During the hot summer months, it can be tempting to set your thermostat to the lowest possible temperature. However, this can overwork your HVAC system and lead to premature wear and tear.

Instead, set your thermostat to a comfortable yet efficient temperature. Using ceiling fans can also help circulate cool air, reducing the need for your HVAC system to run constantly.

7. Address Repairs Promptly

If you notice any unusual noises, reduced airflow, or other issues with your HVAC system, it is essential to address them promptly. Ignoring minor problems can lead to more significant issues and costly repairs down the line.

At Public Service Plumbers, our licensed professionals are available to diagnose and repair any issues with your HVAC system.

8. Upgrade When Necessary

While regular maintenance and care can extend the lifespan of your HVAC system, there comes a time when upgrading to a newer, more efficient model is the best option. Modern HVAC systems are designed to be more energy-efficient and environmentally friendly, providing better performance and lower operating costs.

If your system is over 10-15 years old and requires frequent repairs, it may be time to consider an upgrade. Public Service Plumbers can help you choose the right system for your home and ensure a seamless installation process.

Maintaining Comfort for Years to Come

Extending the lifespan of your HVAC system requires regular maintenance, proper care, and timely upgrades. By following these expert tips, you can ensure your system runs efficiently and reliably for years to come.

At Public Service Plumbers, we are committed to providing top-notch HVAC and plumbing services in Highland Park, University Park, and Addison. For all your HVAC needs, contact Public Service Plumbers today at (214) 612-7292 or click here to schedule online. Let us help you keep your system running smoothly and efficiently, so you can enjoy a comfortable home all summer long. Remember, “Service is our middle name.”

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