5 Insider Mistakes You Should Never Do To Your HVAC System

Ian Mutuli
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Ian Mutuli

Ian Mutuli

Founder and Managing Editor of Archute. He is also a graduate architect from The University of Nairobi, Kenya.
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The air conditioners and furnaces in your home are critical components. Not only are broken furnaces and air conditioners inconvenient, but they can also be dangerous to your health. A lot of typical HVAC concerns, on the other hand, may be prevented.

Routine maintenance and periodic inspections by a trained expert will help you avoid a lot of typical HVAC issues. While HVAC systems have never been more efficient than ever before, common HVAC mistakes can quickly negate any efficiency improvement. Such errors include:

When it comes to HVAC installation, you’d want an HVAC contractor that’s both skilled and competent. As a result, selecting installers who have the necessary knowledge and skills to install your home's HVAC system is beneficial. It also assures that the system is maintained correctly by a certified team.

Installation experts frequently claim that they’re the most qualified to help. A little research and due diligence will go a long way in your favor. It's important to remember that the cheapest quote isn’t always the best option, however you don't want to go too far. As a result, aim for a pricing point in the middle.

Analyze the feedback and comments from customers. Make an effort to collect the credentials for the installation service as well. You may make an informed selection about who’ll install your HVAC system based on this information.

2. Forgetting Filter Replacement

Your HVAC system's air filters work to keep the air you breathe in your house as clean as possible. Additionally, they’re necessary for the HVAC system to function correctly. You should replace your filters every one to three months or as directed by the manufacturer. Otherwise, the ventilation of your HVAC system will be hindered, enabling dangerous air contaminants to circulate throughout your home.

It’s critical to change your filters regularly if you have pets, or someone in your household suffers from allergies or respiratory difficulties. If you're not sure how to clean or replace your filters, a trustworthy heating service company can always help.

3. Keeping An Outdated Unit

Your air conditioner will ultimately need to be replaced, regardless of how often you service it. With adequate care and maintenance, the average air conditioning system can last up to 15 years. As a system evolves, it develops defects and performs less efficiently than before. Continuing with the previous system is never a wise decision.

If your unit is close to 15 years old or much older, it should be replaced right away. Replace the gadget as soon as feasible. The sooner you act, the less money you'll have to spend on power costs, and the more comfortable your home will be.

4. Not Cleaning Vents And Enclosed Spaces

Whether you have windows or a central air conditioner, both must work harder as the amount of room to cool grows. Allowing doors or vents to remain open while rapidly cooling an area lengthens the time it takes to reach the correct temperature and puts additional strain on your equipment.

You can help extend the life and efficiency of your air conditioner by closing the door and allowing the air conditioner to cool a specific area, or by closing specific vents, if you have a central unit. You can also prevent cool air from leaking into unintended locations and reduce the amount of air that needs to be cooled.

5. Failing To Do Tune-Ups

Air conditioning tune-ups aren’t a waste of money. Your HVAC professional will check for proper operation of the thermostat, mechanical components of the HVAC system, and safety devices, as well as clean the coils, inspect the wires for wear and tear, test the performance of all components, and discover potential concerns, such as a mechanical failure.

If you can schedule a tune-up for your HVAC system during the year when it isn't in use as much, it’ll be ready to go when you need it most. You run the risk of disregarding potential HVAC system problems if you don't have a tune-up. It may necessitate your HVAC system to operate more efficiently throughout the year, or it may force it to fail at a critical time.


The most cost-effective strategy to extend the life of your HVAC system is to perform routine maintenance. Learn about the most common air conditioning maintenance blunders and make a conscious effort to avoid them. If you've committed any of the following HVAC installation mistakes in your home, don't panic. There are various ways accessible to assist you in preventing them in the future. Furthermore, when installing or maintaining an HVAC system, you can never go wrong with the help of a knowledgeable professional.

Ian Mutuli

About the author

Ian Mutuli

Founder and Managing Editor of Archute. He is also a graduate architect from The University of Nairobi, Kenya.
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