Do you want to avoid needing serious HVAC repairs next spring? If so, it is absolutely essential that your HVAC unit is shut down properly at the end of the summer. By preparing your unit for the coming months, you will help prevent serious issues from arising.
You can prepare the system by having it inspected, cleaned and making sure that the unit is protected from the extreme winter temperatures. With the information here, you can find out what to service and maintain and how to keep the need for repairs to a minimum.
Inspect the Pulleys, Belts and Filters
When your system is used regularly, wear and tear is bound to occur. This can lead to worn out pulleys and belts and dirty filters. In most cases, the dirty filters are going to affect the HVAC system negatively and introduce various contaminates into your indoor air. In many cases, the worn out pulleys and belts are going to break when the system is started next spring. When you replace all these elements now, you can avoid the need for more expensive repairs in a few months.
Clean the Evaporator and Condenser Coils and Condensate Lines
Your system’s coils and lines can become clogged up with debris or even coated with dust and moisture. This is going to reduce your system’s efficiency and may lead to a complete breakdown. It is going to get harder and harder to remove all this dirt by spring, so it is a good idea to clean it as soon as possible.
Clear the Drainage Lines and Pans
If stagnant water is left in the system, mold is going to grow and accumulate. If your drain lines start to get clogged, you may have a bit of an overflow situation in the spring, which can lead to a huge mess.
Tighten all of the Loose Electrical Connections
One of the absolute worst things that can occur with your HVAC system is no power because of loose connections when you attempt to start it in the spring. By taking a few minutes to tighten up all these connections, you won’t have to worry about this issue.
Check the System’s Refrigerant Levels
If your system’s refrigerant level is low, then this means that there is a leak in the coils. This is a great time to find it and have it fixed. If you wait until spring, you may have to suffer with no cooled air for a few days. This can be avoided by fixing the issue now.
The fall months are the best time for you to call a professional technician to come and evaluate your system and figure out if anything needs to be done to help it work more efficiently. Also, by calling in the fall for this service, you may be privy to a special discount since this is considered the slower time of the year for many companies.
As you can see, there are several things you can do now to ensure your HVAC system is ready for next spring. In the long run, the service listed above is going to help you save both time and money.