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How to Extend the Life of My HVAC Unit

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Ensuring your HVAC unit has regular maintenance and upkeep will extend its life, and it will also help you troubleshoot any issues when they come up. But where do you start? What can you do on your own to extend the life of your unit? HVAC maintenance may feel intimidating, but it is actually pretty simple.

Where Do I Start with Regular HVAC Maintenance?

First, make a checklist to troubleshoot issues and protect against problems. There are several steps you can take on your own to keep your unit healthy. Write them down, or even schedule them on your calendar to help you stay on track.

Below is a list of six troubleshooting tasks you should add to your checklist:

  • Change the filter according to the manufacturer’s recommendations. Most recommend changes anywhere from monthly to once every three months.
  • Keep ductwork, grills and vents clean. Dust your supply and return air vents regularly.
  • Check condensate drains. Some condensation is normal, but blockages can cause damage to your HVAC unit.
  • Keep vents unblocked and open. Blocking or closing vents can affect the balance of your system and even allow mold to develop in your ducts.
  • Remove debris from the outdoor condensing unit.
  • Change the humidifier water panel approximately twice a year

When Should I Call the Professionals for Maintenance?

You can perform much of the basic maintenance for your HVAC unit. However, it is important to have regular professional HVAC cleaning and inspection as well. Most manufacturers recommend a yearly inspection by your professional HVAC technician. Depending on the age of your HVAC, you may require services more often to keep your system in the best shape possible.

Whom Can I Call to Perform HVAC Troubleshooting and Maintenance Services?

When you are ready to schedule your HVAC cleaning and inspection or need some pro assistance troubleshooting your system, it is important to use a reputable and trustworthy HVAC company. If you are in the Oxford, North Carolina area, contact our team at Brummitt Heating and Cooling. We can answer your questions and provide the expert maintenance you need to get the most out of your HVAC.

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