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Mechanical Wear and Tear on Your Heating & Air Conditioning System

Understanding the Mechanical Wear and Tear on Your HVAC System

Mechanical wear and tear are the natural deterioration and breakdown of the mechanical components within your HVAC system. HVAC units have a number of mechanical components that wear down and become less effective as they age. This can cause your unit to be less effective and less efficient.

Mechanical wear and tear can lead to your unit heating or cooling less efficiently, overheating, or airflow problems. What’s worse, it can lead to more substantial HVAC issues. As a result, it’s important to be informed about mechanical wear and tear to avoid some of the issues that can arise from it.

Common HVAC Wear and Tear Areas

hvac wear and tearYour HVAC unit has a number of mechanical parts including belts, motors, and bearings. One of the most common mechanical issues is problems with the ignition or pilot system. Additionally, over time it is not uncommon to have issues with the evaporator coil, which can burn out or develop leaks.

If the evaporator coil develops leaks, your system will lose refrigerant, which can lead to a variety of additional problems. It’s important to keep in mind that any part of your system that undergoes constant use is at risk of burning out or developing problems due to normal wear and tear.

Additional HVAC Problems

When components within your unit begin to wear down, it can create additional problems for your system. For example, if your system’s condensation pump wears out, water will pool within your system rather than properly draining. This can lead to damage to your unit and water damage to your home. Similarly, if your evaporator coil is leaking, your system will become low on refrigerant.

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This will mean that your system cannot cool as well as it normally does. As you can imagine, this puts an additional strain on your unit, unnecessarily adding to the wear and tear on other parts of your system. Whether your fan is moving slowly or your compressor is not working properly, the wear and tear from one part of the system can lead to overworking other parts of the system. This is an additional reason that it’s important to address problems with any aspect of your unit.

What Causes HVAC Problems?

why hvac problemsWhile normal aging inevitably leads to some mechanical wear and tear, many HVAC problems can be prevented with normal maintenance. By regularly having your unit inspected and cleaned, you ensure that all parts are in good condition and working properly.

Further, keeping all components clean helps to avoid overworking your unit and extends the lifespan of it. The best way to extend the lifespan of your HVAC unit and to avoid costly and stressful outages is through regular maintenance.

Your HVAC unit should be professionally inspected, cleaned, and serviced twice a year. If you are concerned about how your unit is functioning or need to schedule a service, contact a trusted HVAC professional.

Your Local HVAC Experts

Easco Air Conditioning and Heating is a full-service heating and cooling company that is the trusted name in the Woodlands community. With over 30 years of experience, the Easco team has training and expertise to handle any HVAC issues.