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How To Extend The Life Of Your HVAC System

September 9, 2022

Heating and air conditioning units are the most expensive appliances in your home, and they will run efficiently and without issue as long as you perform regular preventative maintenance. A maintenance visit from your Brody Pennell technician will keep your operating costs down and will ensure that optimal efficiency is achieved. If your system is under maintained, you can expect high energy bills, expensive repairs, and premature replacement. To ensure your HVAC system has a full life ahead of it, we have detailed tips and tricks to help extend its years of
heating and cooling your home.

Lengthen Your HVAC System’s Lifespan!

If you properly take care of your heating and cooling units, they will take care of you. Below are 5 ways to help extend the life of your HVAC system!

  • Schedule Regular Maintenance
  • Keep Clean Air Filters
  • Install A Smart/Programmable Thermostat
  • Maintain Outside Unit
  • Seal And Insulate Leaks

Schedule Regular Maintenance

Preventative maintenance is the best way to ensure your unit lives a long life. Both units should be serviced once a year, preferably in the spring and fall. Maintenance allows your Brody Pennell technician to identify issues before they become bigger ones. If your unit is operating with a broken part or obstruction, it can cause more problems and reduce its lifespan. In addition, maintenance in the spring and fall lowers the chance of a breakdown in peak season.

Keep Clean Air Filters

Air filters can determine how well your unit functions and should be changed every three months. A clogged air filter can harm airflow, efficiency, air quality, overall comfort, and many more factors. If your unit is working harder to push air through the filter, it can decrease your unit’s life. We promise – an air filter is much cheaper than a new heating and cooling unit, so we recommend staying on top of changing your filters.

Install A Smart/Programmable Thermostat

Both thermostats can result in your HVAC system utilizing less energy. Less energy used saves money on utility bills and possible repair calls. An overworked unit is the cause for many breakdowns, which shortens your unit’s life. Both thermostats can adjust your home’s temperature during down times to give your HVAC system a much needed break.

Maintain Outside Unit

Your outdoor unit can collect debris from the weather and harm the unit’s performance. To efficiency, ensure your unit is free of debris such as grass clippings, tree branches, leaves, and other things weekly. Most debris is easy to remove, but some can enter your unit. Consider turning your system off and safely hosing down each component. To make sure this process is done correctly, allow your Brody Pennell technician to thoroughly clean your unit at your maintenance appointment.

Seal And Insulate Leaks

Air could be escaping your home and causing your HVAC system to work more than it should. Consider insulating your attic to help cut down on air exiting through the roof. Similarly, air can exit through cracks in windows and doors. To help with energy savings, caulk or weather strip air leaks.

We recommend doing anything you can to help your HVAC system function properly and not overwork itself. Your system will live a much longer life if proper care is given. The less breakdowns and repairs, the less wear and tear your system will endure. Consider these 5 ways to extend the life of your HVAC system and help save money in the long run!


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Since 1945, Brody Pennell Heating & Air Conditioning is the committed to helping homeowners in the greater Los Angeles area experience total home comfort. In 2021, the readers of the Los Angeles Times voted Brody Pennell the Best HVAC Company in the area.

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Cesar C. & Juancho came out to repair my blower. Very professional technicians. They showed up on time and were successful with the install of the new parts. They tested the heater and AC before they left the house and made sure I was satisfied with their work. We’re happy and staying cool. Great job!
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OLIVIA A.
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1713386077
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1713384782
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1713379119
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1713378557
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1713307133
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Very knowledgeable and helpful!
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1713305546
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Bill B.
1713232027
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Egisia M El Basha H.
1713225482
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Lauren K.
1713222854
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Ariel A. performed outstanding services! It was his first visit and he asked for an orientation which I thought was a very good approach. He wanted to make sure that he covered all the areas. We have been a customer of Brody Pennell for more than 30 years, and I can honestly say this young man is in the top 10% of the employees who have had the opportunity to service our home.
Margaret G.
1713219070
These guys are total pros. They know what they are doing and they explain everything clearly and the pricing is very transparent. Ivan and Jose C. are very friendly and efficient. I have just had a second very great experience with Armando. He came to maintain the heating system and was very thorough and efficient.4/15/2024: Ruben and Phil just came by to do maintenance on my ac system. They were so friendly and explained everything really well. They inspired total confidence. Another great Brody Pennell experience.
Rinzai-ji Zen C.
1713212152
We appreciate your recommendation of Ken. He demonstrated diligence and honesty throughout his time with us. I eagerly anticipate receiving the quote and reviewing its details. We look forward to the possibility of collaborating with Ken in the near future.
Andrea S.
1713210077
Jason, Hilton, And Leo were great. Polite and neat. All is well.
Michael C.
1713206188
Very professional and knowledgeable. We think the problem was solved due to high heat. Thank you
justin H.
1713205580
Armando and Benny were great. Highly recommend!
Mycroft
1713132842
Our old furnace was about at the end of its life. After discussion with our favorite technician Marco Ayala we decided to have a heat pump installed. A crew arrived this morning headed by Edwin Cabra. He was assisted by Diego B, S. Ramiro, Edgar H, Jonathan A. This team was well trained, worked well together and was finished this afternoon! Great job by all. That's why we have been customers for more than 15 years!!Update: there was a small issue with one of the wires. Ruben Medina found the issue and corrected it. Again Brody Pennell to the rescue! Thank you again!!Further update. Giovanny Quinterro found that the outlet being used had no power. He changed the outlet and we're back to having heat. Yay! Thank you once again!!
Daniel D.
1713054294
Diego B., Sergio S., Alberto H,. And Alex S. installed a brand new system in one of my units and replaced the piping. They took a job that's usually 2 days and did it in 6 hours. They were unobtrusive to the tenants, thorough, and genuinely nice guys. Works perfectly. Extra kudos to the guys for being cool with a couple of very friendly dogs that like to jump and lick. 10/10 would recommend.
Therese B.
1712963432
I just had David Mares here to service the A/C system that they installed 2 years ago. David was great at explaining all the pertinent information about the function and cleaning of my A/C / heating system. He took pictures to show me whatever potential issues there may be down the road. I would highly recommend Brody Pennell for the A/C / heating system and specifically David Mares as a technician.
Dominique Z.
1712961408
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Baden S.
1712961375
Ruben and Leo M were so great. So professional. So friendly. Great to work with
Jeff T.
1712961025
We just bought a complete HVAC system from Marcus at Brody Pennell and I've never felt better about a manager or a company, and I'm an exacting retired general contractor. Clear choices with zero pressure or upsellng, and character as solid as their well respected company, with the resources to back it up. Marcus was impressive with his expertise, and genuine honesty well beyond that of a company representative, as the kind of person you'd look for in a friend, who seems every bit as stable as this well established company. A real pleasure!
Nancy T.
1712960484
Kevin and David provided amazing customer service for our home in Beverly Hills. They were detailed, thorough, and did not try to rush through our appointment. I received text messages from David throughout their 3 hour visit with photos of the condition of our HVAC, areas of concern, and proof of filter changes! You really can't ask for more. These guys are the best and I would highly recommend them to anyone who needs HVAC maintenance/cleaning.
Nili H.
1712957739
Juan Romo was my technician. He was on time, thoughtful, clean and thorough. He was also very knowledgeable and answered my questions in detail. He took his time and didn’t rush. I’m always delighted with Brody Pennel’s service and recommend them highly. Today I had another service called by Ivan and Hilton And they were wonderful. Gave me a beautiful service and cleaned up as they went and tried to sell me a new filter which I’m for air purification
Joel S.
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william C.
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m T.
1712866112
Anthony Manzo any David Mares were great - a pleasure to work with. Knowledgeable professionals and nice guys. They did great work and we will request them for our next service.
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