AC units can be expensive, so we understand when we get questions from homeowners like, “How can I extend the life of my heating and cooling unit?” Our team at Air Tech of Conroe wants to help by answering this question.
Throughout this blog, we provide some different ways you can help extend the life of your HVAC unit.
Schedule Preventive Maintenance
It is essential to receive maintenance on your AC unit at least twice a year. Receiving care from a skilled technician will ensure your system is prepared to take on any heating and cooling challenge. During maintenance, our team will check every nook and cranny of the unit to ensure no issues. Our technicians will also run multiple tests on your system to ensure everything runs smoothly.
The best time to schedule your HVAC’s preventive maintenance is during the spring and fall. Spring and fall signal the time of year when you move your system from cooling to heating or vice versa. It is vital to schedule these maintenance appointments to ensure your system is ready to take on the challenge of cooling you off from Conroe’s heat.
Using “Auto” Fan Setting
Most modern thermostats have two settings, one of them being “auto.” When your fan is on “auto,” it will only operate when your AC unit is actively heating or cooling your home. Only using your unit’s fan when needed will significantly increase the lifespan of your system and your AC’s efficiency.
When set to “on,” your HVAC unit’s fan will continuously work and blow out air, whether heating or cooling. Constantly having your AC unit’s fan on will overwork the unit.
Upgrade to a Smart Thermostat
Another way to extend your HVAC unit is by investing in a smart thermostat. Smart thermostats are simple to learn and can help save you money and energy. They can program your house based on different factors. Some smart thermostats even have a mobile phone app that allows you to change the temperature from your phone.
Change Filters Regularly
Changing your air filters is something every homeowner must do for multiple reasons, one reason being it will help keep your system running smoothly. When your air filters become clogged, your AC unit will overwork itself. Making sure not to overheat your system will ensure it lasts longer.
Clean Outdoor Units
Your condenser unit located outside your home can get covered with dirt and large debris. It is vital to check up on your outdoor unit to ensure it stays clear of debris. When your outdoor unit is clogged by debris, it will overheat your system.
When Do You Need a New HVAC Unit?
While we all wish our systems could last forever, this isn’t the case. There are many different reasons you may need a new AC unit. Here are a few things to look out for when considering if you need a new unit:
- Your system is over ten years old.
- You have inconsistent heating or cannot keep your home at a comfortable level.
- Odd sounds or noises that are coming from your unit.
- Your energy bills have increased unexplainably.
- A repair will cost more than getting a new system.
If you are still unsure if you need an AC replacement, give us a call! Our team is ready to help you decide if buying a new unit is the right move for your household.
Be Kind To Your HVAC Unit
Making sure you are taking proper care of your AC unit is the number one thing you can do to extend the unit’s life. Our Air Tech of Conroe team is ready to help; give us a call today!
If you are in the Conroe area looking for reliable heating and air companies, we are your team to call!