How Should I Prepare For the Winter?
The ideal time to call your local heating and cooling repair company is right before winter arrives. The last thing you want is the system to break down in the freezing dead of winter. During other times of the year you can survive without the unit running if repairs are needed, but this time of year it is important you consider these seven recommended pre-winter heating and cooling tune-up services.
1. Tightening the Electrical Connections
Throughout the entire HVAC system, there are many electrical connections that are responsible for making the unit run efficiently. Loose and damaged connections can not only cause significant damage to expensive parts, it can lead to an electrical fire. The local HVAC technician will carefully inspect all electrical connections to make certain everything is running properly. They will replace any corroded or damaged parts detected during the inspection.
2. Checking the Condensate Drain
If the condensate drain becomes clogged, your home could experience highly levels of humidity as well as an increase in dangerous bacteria growth. The technician will do a careful visual inspection and do the necessary cleaning to make sure the home is protected until the next inspection is due.
3. The Air Filters
The air filters are responsible for providing clean air into the home throughout the seasons. When the filter is clogged contaminants like allergens, bacteria, mold, and excess dust easily travel through the ducts and into all your rooms. Family members with allergies or respiratory issues will suffer breathing issues when the filters are dirty. The HVAC tech will inspect, clean, and replace air filters that are no longer effective.
Right before winter sets in is the perfect time to have your local HVAC specialist check the refrigerant in your cooling system. Rather than experience a problem in the middle of the hottest summer, if there is an issue with a leak it can be repaired now without you being without cool air.
5. Checking the Blower Motor
The blower motor runs to circulate both the hot and cold air throughout the year, so it is serving dual duty and needs to be tuned up to stay working properly. The HVAC repairman will lubricate the motor as well as perform tests on it to ensure it is still operating effectively.
6. Inspect the Thermostat
The thermostat tells the system when to turn on and off, and if it is not working properly will cause the system to run longer than it need be. The technician will perform several tests on the thermostat to make sure the temperature readings in the house are accurately displayed on the screen.
7. Lubricate All Moving Parts
With the average HVAC system, there are many different movable parts that require lubrication to run freely. Your HVAC specialist will make sure to first inspect all those moving parts, then apply the appropriate lubrication to keep them running effectively until next inspection.
It is time to prepare your HVAC system for the winter! Call Priced Right Heating and Cooling today at (913) 305-5108 for our professional services in the Overland Park area.