Heating and cooling systems work longer and more efficiently with regular maintenance. Once the cold winter weather arrives, contractors get busy, so it’s best to service your HVAC system during the off-season. While you can do some of the fall maintenance tasks by yourself, it’s best to have a professional inspect and tune-up your heating and cooling systems so you can catch small problems before they become large expenses.
Fall Maintenance that You Can Perform
- Change the filters: Change or clean your HVAC filters one a month or as often as the manufacturer recommends. When you use the system, the filter traps contaminants like dust, pollen and pet hair. The dirtier the filter, the harder and less efficiently the HVAC system works to keep your home comfortable.
Fall Maintenance Technicians Perform
An HVAC professional will prepare your system for the winter by inspecting the:
- Electrical connections: The tech will check the connections and their voltage to make sure they aren’t loose, disconnected or broken.
- Thermostat settings: The expert will make sure the settings on a programmable thermostat are correct.
- Condensate drain: The professional will remove any obstructions from your heat pump, furnace or A/C to prevent high humidity levels in your home, water damage and mold or bacterial growth.
- Lubrication: Lubrication on an HVAC system’s moving parts reduce wear and friction. The technician will make sure your system is a well-oiled machine.
- Furnace exhaust outlets: If a furnace doesn’t vent a heating system’s exhaust fumes properly, a buildup of dangerous gases like carbon monoxide may occur. The technician will make sure the furnace only allows healthy air into your home.
- Fuel lines, heat exchangers, burners and connections: Like the furnace exhaust, your HVAC pro will make sure the fuel lines and other connections don’t compromise your home’s safety and energy efficiency.
To maximize the longevity and efficiency of your heating and cooling systems, hire an HVAC contractor to inspect and maintain them twice a year. For more advice about what to add to your fall maintenance checklist, contact the Coastal Bend HVAC experts at CCAC, Inc. online or at 361-855-3088.
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