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The Truth About Mechanical Wear and Tear On HVAC Systems

What You’re Missing About Mechanical Wear and Tear on Your HVAC System

Mechanical wear and tear on HVAC systems is one of the top contributors to the home’s financial cost. Not only will it eventually affect the performance of your system, impacting your home comfort and temperature, but also it can lead to serious emergency repairs down the line.

Luckily, there is some simple care and knowledge of how the system works as well as how to prevent those issues that can extend the life of any HVAC system. This article will be covering some of those tips, and help you get a better understanding of your HVAC system and how it can change over time.

How Age Can Deteriorate Your HVAC System

hvac wear and tearThese systems have a lot more HVAC parts than homeowners may think. Of those parts, the vast majority are constantly in motion when the system is on. While this is great for keeping the home temperature controlled, it can also lead to mechanical wear and tear on the system.

Those mechanical parts, which include various belts, motors, and bearings in the HVAC system, don’t last forever. With longterm use, mechanical wear and tear eventually cause issues like airflow problems, overheating, and trouble maintaining a consistent temperature in the home.

Dust and dirt that is allowed to build up in the system also contributes to mechanical wear and tear. That build-up eventually causes the machine to slow down and even stop working entirely.

The Damages Caused By Mechanical Wear and Tear

The biggest damage mechanical wear and tear causes on an HVAC system is in the homeowner’s wallet. Parts that start to get run down and eventually break are expensive if the problem is not caught early enough. Eventually, the entire HVAC system will need to be replaced which is an extremely pricey venture.

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Another financial cost of mechanical wear and tear is significantly increased electricity bills, as HVAC systems that don’t run smoothly or efficiently cost more money to run.

In addition to the financial cost of a poorly working HVAC system, they are also more likely to struggle to keep a consistent temperature and ventilation in the home. Also, in a worst-case scenario, enough mechanical wear and tear can be a fire risk.

How To Prevent These Problems

why hvac problemsKnowing what the usual types of mechanical wear and tear are that occur to home HVAC systems and what damage they can cause is only half the battle. Homeowners should also know how to prevent them from occurring in the future.

The number one way to prevent these common HVAC issues is with regular maintenance of the HVAC system. This is especially true in areas of the country that have to use home temperature control more often. Maintenance should be done in the spring, prior to running the air conditioning in the summer.

Even with regular HVAC maintenance, mechanical wear and tear can still occur. Eventually, all systems start to run slower and will need to be replaced. Catching those signs sooner can definitely help homeowners extend the life of their HVAC system, though!

It is also a good idea for homeowners to really get to know their own HVAC systems. This can usually be done simply by looking at the user manual, which will often diagram the entire system. Check out the parts occasionally to see if there is any obvious mechanical wear and tear or dirt and debris that has built up.

About Chad’s AC Direct

Chad’s AC Direct offers reliable, on-time HVAC service to the Montgomery, Alabama area. Their staff all lives in the area, and handle everything from small repairs to larger services like entire HVAC system replacements. Chad’s AC Direct also has its own maintenance program.