Fall is just around the corner, which means so is the need to turn off the air conditioner and turn on the heat. When is the last time you performed maintenance on your HVAC system? If you can’t remember, now is the time. After all, you don’t want to find yourself without heat on one of the coldest days of the year. Add the following to your checklist to ensure a thoroughly working system.
Perform an Initial Assessment
Begin by turning your system on and waiting for a bit. Listen for any strange noises that it didn’t make last year and ensure it turns on completely and begins to heat the room. Once it runs for a few minutes, turn it off and listen for any other noises that may indicate a problem.
Change the Filters
How often do you change the filters in your HVAC system? At the very least, you should put new filters in your system every 90 days. However, if your unit runs often or if you live in a particularly dusty environment, you should change it more often. Some experts recommend installing a new filter every 30 days regardless of use or environment.
Clean the Unit’s Interior
On the inside of your unit, ensure all sections are free of dust and debris that could cause it to stop working properly. Don’t forget to ensure that all ductwork is clean and free of leaks or dents that could cause heat to escape.
Clean the Exterior Unit
Your HVAC system is not limited to what you have indoors. The outside portion of the unit is just as important. To ensure it works properly, you must keep it free of leaves, twigs, bushes and other debris that can blow into the system, become lodged, and block air flow.
Consider Replacing the Unit
If your HVAC unit has been installed for more than 10 years, it may be too old to work efficiently even if you provide the needed maintenance. Older units are not as energy-efficient and must work harder, using more energy and costing you more money over time. By installing a newer, energy-efficient unit, you will save money and keep your home warmer.
When to Call a Professional
Unless you are an HVAC professional yourself, it may be hard for you to determine if your unit is in need of more serious maintenance. By calling a professional, you can ensure your home is ready for the cooler months. Quality residential HVAC services include a range of services.
Check moving parts for proper lubrication
Inspect all parts of the unit for damage
Calibrate any controls
Clean and flush the condensate pan and drain
Check and tighten the electrical or gas connections
Repair any leaks or damage in the ducts
Inspect the assembly of the ignition and burner
If you want yourself and your family to remain warm and comfortable during the fall and into the even colder winter months, do not put off HVAC maintenance. Doing so might leave you cold and scrambling for unexpected money to replace the unit at the worst possible time.