5 Fall HVAC Maintenance Tips

Regular HVAC maintenance in the fall is crucial to ensure your system is running well. To get the most from your heating and cooling system, remember to perform these tasks this autumn. It's also recommended to have an HVAC professional clean and service your system(s) twice annually.

1. Keep the Vents Clean

Dust and debris can build up in your HVAC unit during the summer. When fall comes around, it's important to check all your HVAC vents for any dust or debris. This type of HVAC maintenance is important since even 1/100th of an inch of dust buildup on your coil and blower motor can equal up to 10 percent loss of efficiency! This is a primary reason for higher utility costs.

2. Clean Your Outdoor Unit

The beautiful falling leaves during autumn may be pretty, but they can also be hazardous for your HVAC. These leaves can get lodged your outdoor unit, where they may become a possible fire hazard. Pollen, dust, dirt and twigs may also accumulate. Keeping your outdoor unit free of debris will almost certainly save you repair costs in the long run.

3. Check Your Thermostat

Testing your thermostat is another good way to ensure that your HVAC is not being overworked. If your thermostat responds properly and displays an accurate temperature reading, then it is functioning properly. If you have a programmable thermostat, during fall maintenance is a good time to review the setting you have programmed to be sure they are appropriate for the change in weather.

4. Prevent any Clogging or Buildup in the Condensate Drain Line

A clog in the condensate drain line can be particularly bad for your heating and cooling system. If you know how to access your condensate drain line, you can pour a solution of bleach and water through the line to help prevent clogs from forming. However, if you are concerned that you may already have a block in the condensate drain line, contact an HVAC professional for a service appointment. Again, regular professional maintenance will usually prevent these drains from clogging.

5. Schedule Maintenance

As helpful as routine HVAC maintenance can be, an HVAC professional will conduct a thorough inspection of your HVAC system and address any issues. Regular professional HVAC maintenance may extend the life of your unit and may keep your energy costs low. Contact Ragsdale today to schedule a professional to check your system this fall.

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