Fall HVAC Maintenance

With winter weather rapidly approaching, now is a good time to have your HVAC system serviced by a reputable HVAC professional to make sure your system will operate at peak performance levels throughout the cold winter weather.

Regular maintenance of your HVAC system will help keep it functioning smoothly and extend the life of your system.  Your HVAC service technician will inspect and service your system.  Normal residential HVAC maintenance includes checking and tightening electrical connections, inspecting burners for leaks corrosion, cleaning the evaporator and condenser coils, checking and topping up refrigerant as needed, clearing the condensate drain, and lubricating moving parts.  Your HVAC service technician will let you know if any addition maintenance or repairs are needed.

Between service intervals, there are a few things you should do yourself.  First, you should change your air filters monthly.  This is an easy and inexpensive way to maximize the performance and lifespan of your HVAC system.  Dirty air filters cause your system to work harder and less efficiently.  If you do not know how to chang your air filters, your HVAC professional will be happy to show you. 

In addition, make sure your condenser (the unit that sits outside your home) is free from dirt, leaves, grass clippings and other debris.  Allowing dirt and debris to build up on the condenser fins makes it work harder, reduces its efficiency, and shortens it’s lifespan.  It’s a good idea to use a soft bristle brush or broom to clean out any debris rather than a hose which can drive the material further into the fins.  Be careful not to damage the fins – they are made of thin metal and bend easily.

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