Equipment is expensive maximizing its lifetime is therefore quite important, these few tips will help you get the most out of your equipment and save you some money. I personally have been using the same chest protector, pants and helmet for over 10 years. The only reason I have changed my pads, blocker and trapper were that I grew out of them (or they settled down too much). Every time I sold a piece of equipment, it still had many years of life left. Too many times have I seen another goaltender have newer pads that seemed completely worn out compared to mine - all due to poor maintenance.
Before leaving for every game you should visually inspect your equipment while placing it in your bag. Tighten any loose screws and ensure your equipment is in adequate shape for the upcoming game. Make sure any issue you find is adressed as soon as possible. A small tear can become severe during a game as the piece of equipment moves and is loaded during play. This can be as simple as tying up loose straps, using adhesive tape or sewing your equipment back to an acceptable state (as I have done a few times!). You can also bring your equipment to a local pro shop to get it repaired.