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Five Common Mistakes Homeowners Make with their HVAC Units

Are you unknowingly causing harm to your home’s HVAC system? You could be causing damage that could cost you a substantial amount of money. The five most common mistakes are:

1. Not Scheduling Precision Tune-ups

Even if you aren’t experiencing trouble with your home’s HVAC system, regular maintenance service is needed at least once a year to check and clean its components. In the same way you schedule tune-ups for your car or check-ups for your body, the heating and cooling equipment does as well. During a routine maintenance visit our technicians will also test your system for any problems and can replace worn or broken parts. Failing to schedule regular service can dramatically reduce the lifetime of your HVAC system by allowing dirty or damaged parts to cause further problems.

2. Ignoring Problems
If you are having problems with your heating or cooling system, it’s important to address these issues as soon as possible. If you continue to allow problems to persist it can cause widespread damage and increase your costs. Not replacing failing parts can lead to permanent damage of the entire system.

3. Not Replacing Air Filters
Air filters helps prevent particles such as dust, dirt, pollen, and animal dander from collecting inside your air conditioner and air ducts. Air filters should be changed once every 30-90 days, depending upon the type of filter your system uses. If you neglect replacing the air filter, it could become clogged and reduce the amount of airflow through your system, making your furnace or air conditioner work harder and more prone to breaking down.

4. Overlooking Needed Duct Repairs
Another important part of your air conditioning unit is the duct work. The ducting system of the home delivers the conditioned air throughout the home. When you have a duct leak, it creates extreme inefficiencies in the delivery of the air. Leaking ducts may heat and cool completely unused areas of the home, like attics, basements, walls or crawlspaces. This wasted energy may cause the run time of the system to overwork itself and fail faster.

5. Using the Thermostat Improperly
Your thermostat controls the temperature inside your home. Using this vital tool properly is an important part of protecting your HVAC system. Making constant adjustments to the thermostat while your system is on can cause the system to run improperly. Setting your thermostat properly can save you money and life on your HVAC unit.

Don’t fall victim to these five common traps. Contact Spencer Heating and Air Conditioning today at (972) 446- COOL (2665) or find out more at and let us make sure your system remains in great condition.