Want to avoid an HVAC repair headache this spring?
To do that, it is crucial that you shut down your HVAC unit properly at the end of summer and prepare your heating units for the coming months ahead. You can prepare it by having it cleaned, inspected and making sure that your unit is properly protected against the summer as well as operating at optimum capacity.
Here is how you can avoid HVAC repair with this simple checklist:
Your Fall HVAC To-Do List:
1. Check the condition of your system’s filters, belts and pulleys.
Constant and regular use creates wear and tear which leads to dirty filters and worn belts, and pulleys. These dirty filters tend to affect your HVAC system and introduce contaminants into your atmosphere. Worn out belts and pulleys will tend to break when you start up your system again in the spring.
2. Clean the condensate lines, condenser and evaporator coils
Your system’s lines and coils get clogged with debris or coated with moisture and dust, which decreases the efficiency of your unit and can also lead to a breakdown. It becomes much harder to remove all the filth by spring so try cleaning it as soon as possible, ideally before spring.
3. Clear your pans and drainage lines
Stagnant water will cause mold to accumulate in your system. And if your drain lines happen to become clogged, you can have an overflow of water come spring and a big mess on your hands.
4. Tighten all of your loose electrical connections
The worst thing that can happen to your unit is lack of power due to loose connections when you start it up again in the spring. Please make sure to tighten up any loose connections.
5. Check your refrigerant
If the refrigerant level is too low then you have a leak in your coils. This is the best time for you to find and fix it rather than waiting for spring when you need your unit running.
6. HVAC Maintenance
Fall is the best time for you to get rid of any issues that are slowing down and decreasing the efficiency of your HVAC system. It is advisable to schedule your HVAC maintenance in the fall as you can get really good discounts.
7. Check your cooling tower for proper operation
Check your cooling tower if your unit has not been cooling as efficiently as it should. Fall is the best time to find and fix all these problems.
8. Clean the ducts and airways of mold, dust and debris
If your ducts are dirty then you’ll be breathing in contaminated air all through the winter. In the worst case you can end up experiencing Sick Building Syndrome. Protect your building’s occupants by taking care of your ductwork.
9. Check the blowers and blades for proper air flow.
Cleaning your blades and checking the blower motor will ensure that you have a proper air flow when you turn your unit on, again in the spring. This will ensure that your HVAC unit operates at maximum efficiency and also lower your energy costs.
10. Check the overall condition of your equipment
Having a complete check-up done of your system will reveal any small problems and prevent breakdowns. This will ensure that your unit will operate at maximum efficiency and lower your energy costs.
11. Protect your outdoor units from the elements.
It is important that you cover your outdoor and rooftop units when they are not in use, to protect them from the elements. You should not make it completely air-tight though, as any moisture trapped in the unit will cause rust and corrosion. You need to protect your equipment in a way that it also has some breathing room. It is advisable to use a cover that is specially designed for your air conditioner which has been specifically designed to keep out the rain, snow and nesting pests but also allow moisture to escape.
Entrust the Professionals with this Job
It is best to entrust the professionals with this job.
Most of the above tasks can be best handled by trained professionals. Air conditioning units are complex and are made up of many components that can cause many problems. Only a certified technician will know how to properly clean and maintain the components of your HVAC system. These professionals will also know how to foresee potential problems and will fix them well in advance. Your technicians may also suggest improvements to your unit.
I know that these tasks seem a lot! But you don’t have to do all these on your own-Just call the Service Champions professionals for a thorough and professional check-up!