How To Prepare Your HVAC System For The Fall
September 9th, 2021 by Emily Mixter
If you’re like most homeowners, you rely on your HVAC system to keep you warm during the cold winter months. To ensure that your system is ready for the long winter season, it’s crucial that you schedule your fall tune-up with one of our HVAC professionals.
Cleaning the Condenser Unit
Every home HVAC system has an outdoor condenser unit that is essential to its operation. Since this unit experiences exposure to the outdoors, it requires a good cleaning often. You’ll want to remove any loose debris that is around the unit. Additionally, you’ll need to trim any shrubs or hanging branches that are close to your outdoor condenser unit.
Take the time to remove the cover over the unit and clean out the internal compounds. Using a hose and a foam coil cleaner is the best option. Avoid using a pressure washer as it could bend the fin blades inside of your condenser unit.
Replacing the Air Filter
During your fall system tune-up, your HVAC professional should replace your air filter. This filter works to trap unwanted airborne pollutants that are inside your home. It’s recommended that you replace this filter every few months. You’ll want to pull the air filter out of its housing and hold it up to a light source. If you can’t see through the filter, it’s a sign that it’s time for a replacement. Be sure to put in a replacement filter with the same model number as your existing filter.
Test Warning Alarms
To ensure the safety of your family, you likely have various alarms throughout your home. The two most popular are smoke detector and carbon monoxide detector. Carbon monoxide detectors alert you if there is an excessive amount of this gas in the air. Use the instruction manual for these devices to test them out. If any of their batteries are running low, now is the time to replace them.
Seal Off Any Air Leaks
During your fall heating system maintenance, it’s a good idea to look over your ductwork. If you notice any gaps or other leaks, now is the time to seal those up. You should be using an approved foil tape designed for ducting. This will ensure that the tape stays put through the various temperature changes that your home goes through.
Contact Us Today
If it’s time for your fall heating system tune up, give us a call today. Our experienced HVAC pros are willing and able to get your heating system prepared to handle the long winter months ahead.