Common Mistakes That Can Doom Your HVAC System

Many homeowners fall into the same traps when it comes to taking care of their HVAC systems. Some of these problems stem from neglect, others from a shoddy installation. But preventing damage and staying on top of issues will make your system last longer.

Here are a few common mistakes that can ruin your HVAC unit:

Air Filter Neglect — How many times do we need to warn you to change your air filter? Impeded airflow overworks your machine and wears out its components. When you change your filter, you hvacguarantee healthy air circulating through your home and lessen your unit’s workflow.

Wrong Size and Position — If your HVAC system is too large, it will cost a fortune cycling on and off to make your home comfortable. If your HVAC system is too small, you’ll struggle to keep your house cool and overwork your machine. Going hand in hand with the size of your HVAC system is its location. A centralized unit seamlessly disperses air evenly, whereas a unit stuck in a corner requires more energy to get the job done.

Ignoring Maintenance and Potential Issues — If something seems wrong with your HVAC system, it probably is! Don’t ignore regular maintenance and be proactive in correcting small issues that arise. Failure to fix the problem only leads to significant damage.

Extreme Use (Or Lack Thereof) — Avoid output extremes to prevent damages! Continuously running your system without ever shutting it off doesn’t give it adequate time to cool down. Conversely, not running your machine for long periods of time leaves you susceptible to mold and mechanical problems.

Running the AC with the Door Open — This is only a problem if you weren’t raised in a barn! Letting in hot air into your house during summer months increases your home’s relative humidity. Even if the temperature might seem acceptable, your system will still work hard to reduce humidity.

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