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How Can I Guarantee A Longer Lifespan For My HVAC System

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Getting The Most Life From Your HVAC In Austin

Having air conditioning in Austin is not really a luxury, with summers regularly in the 100s–it’s a necessity. Even in winter, we’ll get with those infamous arctic blasts. Your HVAC system during these times, becomes the hero of your home battling the elements to keep you comfortable. But just like any hero, it needs TLC to stay in top shape.

Maintaining optimal comfort within your home depends on how well your Austin air conditioning system can perform. However, even the most advanced systems can encounter operational challenges.

What can cause your system to have a shortened life? Well, that’s a question with a lot of possible answers, but let’s cover the usual suspects:

  1. Clogged Air Filters: These vital components filter out contaminants and other dirt pet dander etc. When overburdened with dust and debris, they impede airflow, straining the system and increasing energy consumption. Regular cleaning or replacement, typically monthly, is your first line of defense.
  2. Refrigerant Issues: It’s what makes cooling possible. But if you’re experiencing leaks,  it can lead to diminished cooling capacity and even system failure. Routine maintenance appointments allow technicians to monitor refrigerant levels and address any concerns promptly.
  3. Evaporator Coils Freezing: When moisture encounters cold evaporator coils, ice formation can occur, creating an airflow obstruction. While regular maintenance helps combat this, if frost develops, safely disable the system and allow natural thawing. Avoid manual removal to prevent coil damage.
  4. Electrical Malfunctions: Faulty wiring, tripped circuits, or malfunctioning switches can disrupt normal operation. Scheduled maintenance and professional diagnostics for persistent issues are crucial. Remember, leave electrical work to qualified technicians.
  5. Thermostat Misalignment: An inaccurate or malfunctioning thermostat can throw your comfort into disarray. Check batteries, ensure proper placement, and consider upgrading to a programmable thermostat for enhanced control and energy efficiency.

The Best Defense Is Being Proactive

Now, just because these problems can occur, doesn’t mean you can’t mitigate the likelihood of their occurrence. The key is being proactive with the care of your HVAC system. Here are some best practices to make a habit that will extend the life of your system.

  1. Preventative Maintenance: Regular system checkups by qualified Oasis technicians serve as preventative medicine for your HVAC system. We meticulously analyze components, assess refrigerant levels, and proactively identify potential issues before they turn into serious failures.
  2. Filter Vigilance: Monthly filter cleaning or replacement remains an essential practice. Filters can be a double-edged sword. When they are clean they block out contaminants, but when dirty, they can choke your system out.
  3. Duct Issues: Every 3-5 years, schedule duct inspections and cleaning to guarantee unhindered airflow and optimal system performance. This also enhances indoor air quality, benefiting both your health and your HVAC system’s lifespan.
  4. Envelope Sealing: Leaky windows and doors act as energy vampires, causing conditioned air to escape and causing your system to become overworked. Regularly assess weather stripping and caulking around windows and doors, addressing any gaps to minimize unnecessary strain.
  5. Solar Shading: Direct sunlight through windows can significantly increase your system’s workload. Installing awnings, blinds, or curtains can effectively block heat gain and reduce energy consumption.
  6. Coil Care: Outdoor condenser coils collect dust, leaves, and debris like a magnet. Clean them gently with a garden hose once a month (when the system is off) to ensure proper airflow and prevent overheating. It’s like giving your system a spa day, keeping it refreshed and performing optimally.

Lifestyle Changes Can Help Too

While there are maintenance-focused things you can do to ensure your system lasts as long as possible, our habits can impact that as well. There are some serious lifestyle changes you can make to give your system a break as well.

  1. Thermostat Tuning: Don’t crank the thermostat in a knee-jerk reaction to the weather. Adjust it gradually and strategically. Every degree you adjust can save up to 3% on energy bills. Plus, your system won’t have to do Olympic sprints every time you get a temperature whim. Think of it as a sustainable dance of comfort and cost-effectiveness.
  2. Sealing the Deal: As mentioned, leaky windows and doors are energy suckers, forcing your system to work overtime. Also how you use doors and windows makes a difference. Letting the dog out? Don’t leave the door open while waiting for them. You’re letting all the air out. The same goes for windows, especially in Austin where it can be 70° in the afternoon and 50° at night. If you open windows for fresh air, make sure you close them when using the AC or Heat.
  3. Upgrade Wisely: If your system is nearing retirement age (10-15 years), consider an upgrade. Newer models are more efficient, and quieter, and come with cool features like smart thermostats. But don’t rush into anything! Consult Oasis Services for a professional assessment and recommendations that fit your budget and needs. It’s like getting an expert opinion on a new car purchase, ensuring you pick the perfect comfort companion for your Austin adventures.
  4. Warranty Warranty Warranty: Never skip the warranty. Register your system’s warranty and keep it handy. Knowing your coverage can save you headaches and prevent unnecessary repair expenses. Think of it as a superhero’s shield, protecting you from unexpected repair costs.

The Ultimate Pro Tip

Partner with Oasis Services! Let us be your go-to for all things HVAC in Austin. Whether it’s regular maintenance, a thermostat upgrade, or a full HVAC replacement—we’re ready to serve you with integrity and honesty.

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At Oasis Services, we want to make sure that you are comfortable in your own home even during the toughest of summers. Let us take care of all your HVAC needs so that you can rest easy knowing that your unit will function efficiently and reliably. Whether it’s an upgrade to a brand-new HVAC system or simply replacing or repairing an aging unit, we’ve got you covered. Our team of professionals will deliver exceptional service and installation, ensuring that your system runs flawlessly and saves you money. With our commitment to quality and affordability, you can be confident in choosing us. Call us now and take the first step towards an oasis of cool comfort.