What is the Lifespan of Your Home HVAC System? Tips to Help It Last Longer Than You Expect

Whether it’s your summer cooling costs or your winter heating bill, if your energy costs are rising yearly, some may be due to how efficient your system is running and if it’s being overworked. Unfortunately, our HVAC system is a system that can easily get overworked during those super cold winters we have in New Jersey or even during the summer.

The average HVAC system lifespan ranges from 10 to 25 years, depending on your climate and the heating and cooling system you have. However, this lifespan could be far less if your HVAC system is overworked and poorly maintained.

A professional energy audit is the only way to determine whether your HVAC system is underperforming or overworked. If this is a concern of yours, we can help. We at Muccia Plumbing would be happy to look at your system and offer a maintenance package to ensure it runs at its peak performance.

How Often Should You Perform HVAC Maintenance?

It would be best if you got your HVAC system looked at by plumbing companies twice a year to ensure everything is running as expected. Here at Muccia Plumbing, our team of experts is there to help you determine if your HVAC system is running efficiently or if it’s time to look at a replacement.

While our systems last 10-25 years and, in some cases, longer, you must care for your system properly to improve its longevity. Let’s take a look at some other ways to improve the lifespan of your HVAC system.

Purchase a Smart Thermostat.

The invention of a smart thermostat has homeowners controlling their home’s HVAC system from anywhere using their devices. These thermostats assist you with keeping your energy costs down by automatically adjusting to your schedule. Smart thermostats are amazing; even having a programmable thermostat can help control your energy usage and reduce the need for your HVAC system to work and run so much. This can help improve the overall longevity of your overall system.

Increase the Thickness of Your Insulation.

The less frequently you run your HVAC system, the longer it will last. And insulation is your best friend when keeping your treated air inside your home. You can quickly check the insulation in your attic area or floors, but to better understand where you stand, you should call on a professional. A professional energy audit is the best way to identify and evaluate your insulation issues.

Inspect Your AC Condenser.

Your air conditioner’s condenser is located outside your home and is designed to withstand the elements. However, it can be damaged by windblown debris and hail from severe storms. Examine your AC condenser for signs of damage now and then, especially after a major storm.

While you’re at it, remove any leaves or weeds that have accumulated on or around the condenser. Also, cut down any vegetation growing right next to the unit. Your condenser needs room to breathe, too.

Replace the Filter regularly.

The majority of homeowners use disposable 30-day fiberglass filters or 3-month pleated filters, which should be checked on a regular basis. If they are extremely dirty, they should be replaced immediately, even if it is ahead of schedule.

Your system will work harder to circulate the air throughout your home with a clogged air filter. This is especially taxing on the fan, but the entire system suffers when it can’t breathe.

HVAC Repair

While system failure is inevitable, it is something that you can push out for a few years. However, avoid getting caught not having a plan in place for when the time comes that a system replacement makes more sense than another HVAC repair.

By following these tips, you can improve the lifespan of your HVAC system. But, remember, proper maintenance twice a year is also critical. During that time, we can discover small issues that require HVAC repair and take care of them before they become bigger problems. From air conditioning installation to HVAC repair, Muccia Plumbing has you covered. By following these tips, you can extend the life of your HVAC system and put off replacement.