It May Still Be Warm, But Fall’s the Time to Plan HVAC System Maintenance
The fall season may be the seventh-inning stretch for the year, but it’s also an active time with back-to-school activities, football season, the upcoming holidays and fall HVAC system maintenance. It may still be warm outside, but fall is the right time of year to get your home ready for the heating months ahead.
Fall HVAC System Maintenance
Whether you use a furnace or heat pump to heat your home, some of the maintenance inspections and tests an HVAC professional performs are the same:
- Check the thermostat for proper functionality and mode switching
- Check electrical contacts and voltage
- Oil moving parts, such as the blower
- Visually inspect air ducts for leaks and wear
- Change or clean the air filter as needed. Your HVAC pro should also make sure the air filter fits snugly with no air bypass.
Furnaces are checked and maintained for functionality and home safety. A cracked heat exchanger, for instance, can leak harmful fumes into the ducts and living spaces. Here are a few basic checks and balances performed:
- Gas lines and valves are checked for proper functionality.
- The heat exchanger is inspected for cracks, wear and debris.
- The burner is checked for debris and flame color.
- The pilot or electronic ignition is tested.
- Venting is inspected for obstructions, leaks and functionality.
- CO detectors are checked.
Heat Pump Maintenance
If you use a heat pump for cooling and heating your home, it should be inspected at least once a year, either in the spring or fall. If you use a heat pump as a hybrid heating system with a furnace, it should be inspected in the fall.
- The heat exchange coils are checked for refrigerant leaks and debris.
- Refrigerant charge is measured.
- The compressor is inspected for proper functionality.
- Heating, cooling and defrost modes are checked.
If you skimp on fall HVAC system maintenance, you may feel it in higher heating bills and discomforts. Call the professionals at Wilson Bryant Air Conditioning today. We’ve provided exceptional service for Macon area homeowners for more than 50 years.