4 Ways to Prevent HVAC Failure

September 20, 2020

HVAC systems are quite resilient and last up to two decades, if not longer, when maintained properly. In most cases, HVAC failures don’t result from a single problem; instead, failure often follows an accumulation of issues and is generally seen in systems that haven’t been maintained. Although you’ll never keep an HVAC system running forever without replacing it, these four tips should substantially extend the life of your home’s heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system.

1. Regularly Change the Filters

HVAC filters need to be changed at least every three months. Many homeowners make the mistake of trying to save money by skimping on air filters, potentially never replacing them. To save money while keeping your HVAC system in good shape, consider buying washable filters. Although these, too, need to be replaced at some point, washable filters will help you save money while protecting your home’s ventilation system.

2. Check Your Breaker

In some cases, HVAC units won’t turn on at all. While thoughts of sinking many thousands of dollars into a system-wide replacement may be running through your head, a simple fix might return things to normal. You may have overloaded the home’s electrical circuitry by plugging too many devices in. Locate your breaker box, identify the switches your HVAC system runs on, and see if that brings it back to life.

3. Identify Potential Blockages

HVAC units automatically shut down when they struggle to find sufficient airflow. This is done as a precautionary measure to prevent electrical shortages or overheating, which could potentially result in fires. Go outside and see if anything’s clogged up your HVAC unit. You may need professional help for making this determination.

4. Investing in Regular Maintenance

Professional maintenance is the No. 1 way to prevent HVAC system failure and extend the life of your home’s heating and cooling network. It’s affordable, readily available, and a prudent cost-saving measure.

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