• Joseph Harris

Seasonal Maintenance For Your HVAC System

Air Conditioner

Many people believe that an HVAC system only needs to be maintained during months of heavy use. Even as leaves change, kids head back to school, and cooler temperatures settle in, it’s still a good idea to maintain your system to ensure it’s ready for the next round of hot, humid temperatures.

Why do I need to perform seasonal maintenance?

Many HVAC systems provide both heating and cooling capabilities, and switching back and forth from these functions can be hard on your system. Scheduling regular seasonal maintenance will prepare your unit for what it needs to do as your heating and cooling needs change. Take these steps to prepare your HVAC system to function at optimal levels year-round.

  1. Change filters. If you are not changing filters regularly, you’re putting undue stress on your system that will cause its early demise. Filters are designed to trap dirt, debris, pet dander, and other particulates that will inevitably clog your system over time. Changing your filters regularly keeps your system functioning well and air flowing freely throughout your system.

  2. Check thermostats. Don’t wait until it’s time to fire up the furnace to check your thermostat, as it might not work when you need it most. Plan to test your unit well before you need to switch its function, setting the temperature of your thermostat higher than your indoor temperature to make sure the heat turns on. If it does not fire up, you may need to replace the thermostat.

  3. Cover condenser. Clean and cover your condenser unit when you no longer need to use it for the season. Using plywood or a large trash can protect your fan blades and motor from falling debris that can freeze up your unit.

  4. Check refrigerant and coils. Even if your cooling efforts are taking a backseat to the seasonal switch, checking refrigerant and coils is a good idea in the event that you have an unseasonably warm day where your air conditioner needs to be fired up once more. Make sure you have clean coils and plenty of refrigerant to optimize the function of your AC component.

  5. Have chimneys inspected. Flammable residue can build up in your chimneys, increasing your risk for the development of a chimney fire. Have your chimneys inspected for signs of buildup, corrosion, and even animal infestation that can cause damage to your home.

  6. Test CO2 detectors. Carbon monoxide is an odorless, tasteless gas that has a negative impact on health when allowed to build up to toxic levels inside your home. Purchase and install carbon monoxide detectors near your HVAC unit in your home, as well as on each floor. Test them regularly and ensure they do their part to keep you and your loved ones safe.

  7. Test igniter switches. Testing the ignitor switch and checking the pilot light will enable you to determine if your unit is turning on and off as needed. Call a trained HVAC technician if you discover that your igniter is not properly functioning, as it requires specialized training to repair or replace this component.

  8. Inspect blower motor. Your blower motor is responsible for circulating air throughout your home. An essential part of your system, it will need to be inspected, cleaned, and lubricated regularly to maintain proper airflow throughout your system.

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