Fall is the time when plants and trees become dormant, leaves start to fall from trees, and the weather starts to get a bit colder. If you want your family members to be comfortable and the heating and cooling system in good shape, fall is the right time to go through your HVAC maintenance checklists:
You may be wondering why you’ll have to do air conditioner maintenance when you won’t be using the air conditioner for a few months. If you don’t do air conditioner maintenance now, it’ll be the main reason for your headache when you start up your air conditioner again. Besides, due to a lack of maintenance, your air conditioner won’t be in good condition. As a result, you’ll require heavy HVAC repairs, and HVAC repairs don’t come cheap. That’s why you shouldn’t neglect the AC maintenance in the fall.
When you call an HVAC professional to do air conditioner maintenance, they will clean the coils of your air conditioner. If your air conditioner’s coils are dirty, it can become the reason behind air conditioner efficiency loss. Besides, it can create corrosion in the air conditioner.
Apart from cleaning the coils, your HVAC professional will check the ducts of your AC. During summer, humidity starts to accumulate in the ducts of the air conditioner, creating ideal conditions for molds and biological contaminants to grow.
Also, your HVAC professional will check the refrigerant levels in your air conditioning unit. If your air conditioner’s refrigerant is low, it means that there is a leak in the air conditioner.
Belts and pulleys control the motor and blower of the heating system. If your heating system is a bit older, there is a high chance that your heating system’s belts and pulley are worn. If you don’t change them, it’ll hamper the overall heating system, and you’ll find yourself freezing in the cold night. That’s why during the fall maintenance checkup, your HVAC professional will check the belts and pulleys of your heating system thoroughly.
HVAC air filters block all sorts of dust and debris from entering your home. When it is dirty, there is a high chance that the contaminants will enter your home and make you sick. That’s why it’s important to change your HVAC air filters regularly, especially when you’re using the same HVAC air filter for both air conditioning and heating.
Again, while changing your HVAC air filter, ask your HVAC professional about how frequently you should replace the air filters. Generally, the ideal time of changing an HVAC air filter is between 60 to 90 days. But it can vary depending on where you live and the usage of the HVAC system.
If you have an old heating system, there is a high chance that there are leaks in your heating system’s ducts. When there are leaks in the ducts, hot air will leak through the holes, and as a result, there will be system loss. Due to air leakage, your heating system will have to work harder, and eventually, you’ll have higher heating bills.