Regular maintenance to keep your equipment running

After having it for about 20 years, I finally got rid of my old, rundown car.

I gave it to my nephew so he could use it while he was away at school.

It had close to 200,000 miles on it, but over the years, we kept it well-maintained. Thankfully, my husband is a mechanic, so, naturally, I didn’t pay for any of the repairs he performed. All the parts were heavily discounted, too. I kept the car as a backup and drove it around the neighborhood to run errands on the weekends. It was paid for, and still in great shape, so there was no need to get rid of it. But now, it’s in my nephew’s hands, and I hope that he takes good care of it. My car proves that, with proper service, things can last beyond their expiration dates. For example, my modern heating and cooling component is almost as old as my car. It’s 18 years old, and over the years, we’ve made sure that every one of us got the component diagnosed often. Typically, heating and cooling units are designed to last between 15 to 20 years, so we may need to replace the component soon. But, until that time, we will still keep up with the semi-annual service. Once the component reached 15 years old, we decided to have it maintained more often. Our heating and cooling specialist has consistently given the component a clean bill of health. He would like us to replace it with a new system sooner than later, but you know that saying, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!”

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