Here's a Timeline for HVAC Replacements and Maintenance

August 18, 2016

As a responsible homeowner, you can do your part to save energy and increase home comfort by taking basic care of your HVAC system. (Have you changed your air filter lately?) Though, just like your car, your HVAC system needs to follow an HVAC maintenance timeline to help prevent early failure and system replacement. Here are some tips to help.


Preventive HVAC Maintenance Timeline

Like the term suggests, "preventive HVAC maintenance" helps prevent system malfunctions and failures through comprehensive system inspections, diagnostics, tests, and cleaning. For example, your technician needs to clean the A/C or heat pump's evaporator coil for it to cool your home most efficiently. Refrigerant is measured for optimal charge in order to absorb maximum heat from warm return air. Moreover, to drive free airflow, the blower assembly is checked and cleaned, and your ducts are inspected for leaks and sealed tight if necessary. Whew! That doesn't even touch on fall furnace maintenance. Though, this HVAC maintenance timeline does:
  • Schedule preventive maintenance in the fall season for your heating system.
  • Schedule preventive maintenance in the spring season for your A/C or heat pump.
  • Include annual preventive maintenance for the spring or fall for your water heater, ductwork, and ductless mini split.

HVAC Replacement Timeline

HVAC systems available today offer digital technologies that drive higher energy efficiency and superior comfort compared to older systems. If you are facing an expensive repair or you are dissatisfied with the performance of your old system, it literally pays in the long run in greater energy savings to opt for a high-efficiency HVAC system. However, if your current systems only need some renewed TLC, you may expect to extend service life with regular maintenance as follows:
  • Central air and heat pump systems may last an average of 10 to 15 years.
  • Gas furnaces may last 20 years or more.
  • Metal ductwork can last a lifetime with regular maintenance.
  • Ductless mini splits may last 15 years or more.
If your HVAC maintenance timeline needs rejuvenating, please contact Lozier Heating & Cooling today to schedule preventive maintenance. We've kept Central Iowa homeowners comfortable since 1906! Our goal is to help educate our customers in the greater Des Moines, Iowa area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). Credit/Copyright Attribution: "Clker-Free-Vector-Images/pixabay"