How seasonal HVAC maintenance can add new life to your old system
When the leaves start to turn and the temperature outside begins to drop, many people think of things like back-to-school events, fall festivals, sports games… almost anything besides their HVAC system. But as the weather changes, your HVAC system will be making some changes, too.
New HVAC systems can be expensive, and with the holiday season around the corner, extra expenses are a burden that nobody wants. Completing these preventative steps will allow you to rest easily knowing that your HVAC system is properly and efficiently functioning.
Maintenance you can complete today
Whether you checked your HVAC system six days, six months, or six years ago, the following tasks can be easily completed with little time and money, and should improve your system’s performance almost immediately.
- Remove all leaves, grass, pollen and dust from air conditioning and heating units
- Make sure there is two feet of space around the external air conditioning and heating units
- Inspect refrigerant lines (this should be completed monthly)
- Ensure external units are on firm and level ground
- Change your air filter (this should be completed quarterly, at minimum)
Maintenance you can complete in the next few months
The following tasks may take a bit longer to complete but should definitely be completed. They will help your HVAC system prepare for the colder temperatures.
- Replace the humidifier filter (and turn on the water if you turned it off for the summer)
- Check all gas/oil connections, gas pressure, burner combustion, and the heat exchanger (improper connections are fire and health hazards)
- Seal up window seams and replace insulation in the attic
Maintenance a Commercial Service professional should complete
Whether or not you love DIY projects, there are some jobs that should be left to the trained and certified professionals. These tasks listed below require expertise and have significant effects beyond efficiency and cost – some could save your life.
- Check your unit for signs of carbon monoxide
- Consider switching to a programmable thermostat that is compatible with your system to ensure your home is heated efficiently and comfortably
- Tighten all electrical connections and measure voltage and current on motors
- Lubricate all moving parts to decrease energy use that results from friction
- Check system controls to guarantee proper and safe starting, operation, and shutting off of the system
If you need help with prolonging the life of your HVAC system, or with any or all of the above maintenance tasks, or to schedule your routine maintenance check, contact Commercial Service. Also, check out Commercial Service’s Platinum HVAC Maintenance Program. Schedule an appointment with our easy Online Scheduling or by calling 812-339-9114.