How to Prepare Your HVAC System for the Fall Season
Fall is around the corner and that means Waxahachie and Ellis County residents must prepare their HVAC system for the new season. This ensures your equipment can handle the cooler temperatures, potential storms, and other changes that the fall season brings. Your heat pumps, air conditioner, ductless systems, and furnaces each need fall season preparation. The following tips from your local HVAC repair contractor will keep your unit working great all season long.
Step One: Heating System Tune-Up
One of the most important fall HVAC preparation items is the system tune-up. A tune-up ensures maximum efficiency from your furnace or heat pumps. This creates more comfort inside the home. Once you check HVAC tune-up off the fall preparation list, enjoy benefits like the following:
- Optimized HVAC system performance
- Reduced risk of breakdown during the fall and winter season
- Reduced repair expenses
- Lower heating bills during the cold months of the year
- Peace of mind
- Longer-lasting HVAC unit
Step Two: Clean the AC Compressor
Turn off the power to the AC compressor unit. Look near the lid for an on/off switch. Clear leaves, sticks and twigs, and other debris from nearby the unit. This debris pile-up often leads to pests and rodents. It also clogs the fans, which causes the need for an HVAC repair. Ensure that plants are two-three feet away from the compressor unit. Finally, hose off the compressor unit. Wait until the unit dries to resume power.
Step Three: Protect the AC Compressor
Snow, rain, and other severe weather may damage an unprotected outdoor compressor. Purchase a compressor cover online or at your local home improvement store. Do not keep the cover on the unit permanently because this may cause damage. Instead, place the cover over the compressor unit if there are threats of snow and other severe weather.
Here are the additional steps that protect the AC compressor from damage:
- Trim branches and limbs that extend over the compressor unit that may fall during severe weather.
- Clear away vegetation growing around and near the compressor unit.
- Move heavy outdoor items from near the compressor during threats of severe weather.
- Disconnect the power to the AC unit during a lightning storm to prevent damage.
Step Four: Clean Indoor Vents
Cleaning around your vents improves indoor air quality, but also protects the HVAC unit from serious damages. Consider sealing the ductwork if it’s not already. Leaky air ducts cause increased energy usage and added costs. And homes with leaky ductwork struggle to get warm. HVAC mechanical services can help you clean and seal the ductwork now.
Step Five: Remove Window AC Units
Remove window AC units since you are not using them during the winter. They will be ready for next spring when they are safely stored and removed from the window. Removal also improves energy-efficiency in the home.
Step Six: Check the Batteries
Check the batteries in the smoke and carbon dioxide detectors. You can prevent a tragedy with the help of these devices, but only when they work properly. You can easily change the batteries and regain protection and peace of mind against fire and carbon monoxide dangers.
Complete the six steps above to prepare your HVAC unit for the upcoming fall season. With these steps completed, you reduce the odds of system breakdown. For more assistance, contact our HVAC team at Heat Mechanical today!