What Elements Can Shorten The Lifespan Of A Heating Unit?

Two heating units can be installed at the same exact time, yet have two very different lifespans. This is because there are a few different elements that affect the lifespan of a heating unit. If you are having heating installation performed, you may want to learn about the factors that can shorten the lifespan of your unit. Heating devices are pricey, and you want to help yours last as long as it is designed to. 

Selecting a Unit That Is Too Small or Too Large For Your Home

One of the elements that can shorten the lifespan of a heating unit is selecting a unit that is too small or too large for your home. If your unit is too small for your home, the unit may have to run continuously to provide enough heat for your home, which causes parts to wear. If your unit is too large for your home, it may short cycle, or fail to complete full heating cycles, before shutting off. This places a lot of strain on your unit. A heating installation professional should run load tests to determine the right size heating unit to install for your home. 

Not Properly Maintaining Your Heating Unit

Another factor that has a direct impact on the lifespan of your heating unit is not properly maintaining your heating unit. Your heating unit should be professionally inspected on an annual basis after being installed. Annual maintenance and inspection appointments help to ensure your unit is clean, operating properly and help to find small issues before they develop and grow into larger ones that can negatively affect the lifespan of your unit. 

How Frequently Your Heating Unit is Used

The final element that can shorten the lifespan of your heating unit is how frequently your heating unit is used. Someone who lives in a place that gets freezing temperatures during the winter months is going to use their heater more frequently than someone who lives in sunny Florida where heaters are rarely used. As such, the person who lives in a cold climate can expect their heater to have a shorter lifespan, simply because the unit is used more frequently, causing parts to wear faster. 

While you cannot control every factor that can alter the longevity of your heating unit, there are some steps you can take to help protect its lifespan. When you are having heating installation completed, always ask the technician what types of maintenance and care your heating device requires and what steps you can take to lengthen the lifespan of your new heating device.

For more information about home heating replacement, contact a local contractor.