According to Energy.gov, an HVAC system should last for 15 to 20 years.
This assumes you’re taking care of preventative maintenance and having the system inspected and serviced annually. The HVAC is one of the most expensive parts of your Dallas-Fort Worth rental property. It’s extremely smart to ensure that the system is healthy, functioning, and efficient. You want to maximize its lifespan.
Keep in mind that we’re in Texas. Summers are long and hot, so the air conditioning will be working overtime. There’s also winter weather to be aware of and prepare for. While we don’t typically have cold winters, the last few years have demonstrated that it can, in fact, get cold in Texas. We need to be sure your tenants have heat.
Here’s what to expect from your HVAC and how to ensure it lasts as long as possible.
HVAC Systems and Tenant Usage
Tenants will ultimately be responsible for setting the thermostat inside your rental home. You can make some recommendations on where to set that thermostat to ensure the system does not get overworked. According to heating and cooling experts, overwork can cause the HVAC system to deteriorate faster.
Educate tenants on air filter changes and the property care of the unit and their own temperature control. If it’s 102 degrees outside and the air conditioning is set at 65 degrees, there’s a chance that it’s getting overworked. It’s going to run longer than it should. By setting the air conditioning to something like 78 degrees, not only will they protect the system, but they’ll also keep their own energy bills lower.
Talk to tenants about timing when the air conditioning and heat are used as well. When no one is home, the air in the summer or the heat in the winter does not need to be at its strongest.
Energy.gov says that setting your thermostat back 7 to 10 degrees for 8 hours or more a day can save the average consumer 10 percent on their energy bills. It also provides a healthy break for your system.
HVAC Maintenance in Dallas-Fort Worth Rental Homes
Contract with a professional HVAC technician or company to maintain your system. With an annual visit, you can be sure that any potential problems will be detected before they become too expensive and complicated. This kind of attention will also extend the life of your HVAC system.
Your annual inspection should include:
- Inspecting the furnace
- Checking refrigerant levels
- Cleaning the evaporator coil
- Checking the fan motor
- Inspecting ductwork for leaks
- Lubricating the blower motor
- Inspecting the condensate line
- Testing the thermostat
Replacing the air filter will help you maintain your system as well. If the filter gets too dirty and clogged, the airflow to the air conditioner or heater will be restricted, causing the HVAC system to work harder.
The HVAC system is a huge part of your preventative maintenance plan. If you’d like some help with maintaining your home, we are here for you. Please contact us at Assign Property Management.