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How to Avoid Costly Heating and AC Replacements

With the winter months fast approaching, many people may be looking at a faulty heating unit or furnace. Once the cold of winter passes, others may find their air conditioning unit having problems in the brutal summer heat. Your HVAC system can be one of the biggest surprise expenses you may find yourself dealing with as a homeowner. Even worse, these systems often fail when they are needed most. However, by taking some steps ahead of time, it is possible to extend the life of your HVAC system and to avoid costly emergency scenarios.

Regular Maintenance Checks

Over time, anything mechanical will start to break down and experience problems. Regular maintenance checks can catch problems early before they cause a total system failure. This allows for cheaper repairs. There are plenty of things you can do as a homeowner, but having your furnace and air conditioner, not to mention your vents and ducts, professionally inspected is a wise investment. Perhaps the most important step is regular checks and replacement of your filters as they get dirty.

Use Wisely

Stressing your heating and cooling units is a major cause of breakdowns and expensive replacements. This is especially true in times of severe hot or cold weather. Older units should be used somewhat conservatively and should not exceed most recommended temperature settings. Digital and programmable thermostats can help adjust temperatures when people are out of the house, and stripping down or layering up at night can let occupants stay comfortable without taxing the system. Avoid closing over 20 percent of your registers to maintain and avoid stressing your HVAC system. Vents and registers should also not be blocked by objects, curtains, carpeting, etc.

Use Professional Help

HVAC systems can be very complex and are notoriously difficult and complicated to fix. As such, it is generally recommended to have a professionally trained HVAC technician handle most repairs and detailed checks. Technicians specializing in HVAC come with a wide array of specific tools to get the job done and are also trained in safety around the HVAC units. Make sure to contact a professional at the first sign of trouble, such as lack of airflow, insufficient temperatures, unfamiliar noises, etc. A quick repair will save money on a replacement and can extend your unit’s lifespan.

Heating and air conditioning are important for the comfort of your home. The last thing a homeowner wants is to be left in the heat of summer or cold of winter without a functioning HVAC unit, leading to emergency expenses and panicked purchases. Ensuring proper maintenance, usage, and rapid responses to any problems can curtail many issues and can keep your system running smoothly for a longer time and at maximum efficiency.

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Tim Esterdahl

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