The leaves are turning and fall weather is blowing in. Slowly but surely the AC is winding down and we are looking forward to that great cool down after the long, hot summer. But while we’re in between the heat wave and before the cooler weather kicks in you might want to do some maintenance on your HVAC system. Now is the perfect time to schedule tune-ups and keep your system in ideal working order so you can avoid costly replacements and repairs.
3 key reason for maintenance are:
- To head off a breakdown before it occurs, leaving to face the elements when it’s too cold or hot outside.
- To catch minor issues before they become big ones. For example, sometimes a small part, such as a capacitor starts losing its charge, which causes the motor or compressor to work harder and run hotter. replacing the capacitor is a cheap and easy fix while a compressor breaking could mean having to buy a brand new AC unit.
- Energy savings. By doing maintenance, you make sure your unit is fully charged with freon and motors and coils are cleaned. This saves you money and makes sure your unit is running effectively.
Here’s a list of fall HVAC maintenance tips that can prolong the life of your furnace and AC system, as well as save you money in the long run.
A dirty filter is a health and safety issue as well as effecting the efficiency of your system. It’s a good idea to switch that filter out in the fall after you’ve probably kept your AC running constantly throughout the summer. You can let your HVAC turn over a new leaf with a fresh filter.
Clear, clean and inspect
Clear the area around your outdoor HVAC components. Over the summer weeds, leaves and other debris can gather around, causing a fire hazard and potentially impacting your unit. Clean ducts and airways to prevent allergens and mold that can affect your health. Additionally, you can clean your outside unit and make sure it is ready to make it through the winter. Make sure you give your HVAC a good inspection, looking for dust and mold before it becomes a larger problem.
Adjust the thermostat
This may seem like a no-brainer but it’s something we can often forget about when we’ve just been used to the endless summer heat. You don’t need to keep the AC on full blast if the heat has lessened. Save yourself some money and prolong the life of your system by keeping the thermostat adjusted properly.
Check HVAC condition
As you run through your inspection of the HVAC system, you’ll want to take note of the overall condition. Look for worn parts that could use replacement. Inspect for leaks, rust or other warning signs. To give your HVAC a good long run, you’ll want to keep up on maintenance and make sure all parts of the system are in their optimal working condition.
Get a professional tune-up and evaluation
It’s a good idea to bring out a professional to take a look at your HVAC system with a holistic eye. We can help you prep your AC for winter, ensure that your furnace is going to last all winter and spot any issues that could end up costing you if they’re not serviced.
Our team of trusted experts is here for all your HVAC needs this fall and through all of Williamson County’s seasons. Contact us today and we’ll send out a fast and friendly HVAC specialist to get you squared away.