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Heating and Cooling Systems Can Wear Down Over Time

As with other home devices, your heating and cooling system will go through wear and tear as it ages. While designed to last for years, a regular system check is a good idea to help catch issues that arise.

Checking Your Heating and Cooling System

Your home heating and cooling system has many moving parts, and unlike most of your home appliances, it's exposed to a lot of stress: the outside elements, refrigerant pressures, temperature changes during and after operation, motor bearing wear, and weakening electronic circuits.

Though designed to work reliably for years, there comes a point in the system's life where components wear out and the cost of the repair exceeds the remaining value of the system.

How to check your heating and cooling system

  • If the contacts inside the contactor are worn, they will not allow the condensor to run.

  • Listen to your AC system by unplugging it for 15 seconds then plugging it back in. Then, hold down the reset button for three seconds, then release. Once it's restarted, listen to the sound.

    As it runs, a noise may develop. Is it high pitched? This sound indicates that your AC isn't getting enough airflow through the return vents and ductwork. The issue may be a loose fan bolt on the condensing unit.

  • View your power or utility bill from the past 12 months. During the months when the air conditioning or heating is used, do you notice a huge price increase?

What to Do if Your Heating and Cooling System Is Worn Down

You should have a technician come assess the system. While it's possible that a repair might get it back on track, a new system could be more cost-efficient in the long run.

NOTE: This content is for informational purposes only, and HomeX and its affiliates disclaim all liability related to it. If you decide to perform any tasks based on this information, you assume all risks, including the risk of loss or damage to property or personal injury.

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