Your home’s HVAC system is an investment where proper and regular maintenance is key to efficiency and a longer lifespan. A HVAC maintenance plan will help ensure a reliable and productive system for years to come. It is typically recommended to have an inspection in the spring and fall. This will help to make sure your system is ready for the extreme temperatures during the summer and winter months. To ensure your HVAC system is ready for the next season, here are a few things to look over.
Check Air Filters
Just like clockwork, any good HVAC checklist will remind you to inspect your air filters. In any case, fall is a great time to visually inspect your air filter and the return air vent. Summer temperatures typically means more time spent indoors, for people and pets alike. There are several major consequences of neglecting to clean or replace your air filters regularly. If you are unsure about the type of filter you need, we have a helpful blog to learn more.
Make Sure Your Registers Are Clean and Uncovered
Another spot in the house to inspect is all the floor registers. Debris like dirt, pet hair, and even small items can easily accumulate or block the registers. Furthermore, dust that settles on the registers can also blow back up into the air. To help prevent that from happening, regularly give the registers a good wipe down. However, be sure to allow the register to fully dry before placing it back into the system.
In addition, check to make sure there’s no furniture or other items covering the register. Covering the registers can prevent your system from properly distributing heat/cold throughout the house causing temperature fluctuations.
Remove Any Debris from Around or Inside the Outdoor HVAC Condenser
In order for your HVAC system to function properly, air needs to be able to move through it. Debris that is covering the HVAC condenser can restrict air flow and hinder its processes and even its lifespan. It’s recommended to check weekly to look for fallen leaves, sticks, as well as accumulated dirt and pollen. After shutting the system off, you can remove most debris by hand or with a hose. In addition, keep all vegetation at least 2-3 feet away from the unit. This ensures proper airflow as well as room for hvac technicians to work on any maintenance or repairs.
Be Attentive for Unusual Noises and Odors
Just like leaks, sounds and odors are signs that something is wrong with your system. A HVAC system typically runs with minimal sounds. Unusual sounds generally means something came loose or got knocked into the vents. On the other hand, odors can be harder to detect. This can be caused by mold in the system or even burnt electrical wires. If you can’t locate the source of the sound or odor, it’s best to shut down the system and call a technician.
Inspect For Leaks and Mold
Whether it’s coming from the ductwork, evaporator coil, or the condenser coil, leaks are never a good sign. Sometimes a leak can be hard to notice and cause bigger problems like mold or ice. So take a good look around the outdoor unit, the condensate drain line and the ductwork. Or if you prefer, ask a HVAC technician to do so.
Additional Areas to Keep in Mind as Part of Your HVAC Maintenance Plan
- Protect your family from carbon monoxide exposure by replacing the batteries in the detector annually
- Ensure the space around your heating system is clear of clutter. Never store flammable or combustible materials near or around your furnace equipment
- Inspect all the doors and windows seals to ensure your home is performing efficiently and ready for the winter season
Schedule A HVAC Maintenance Plan With Satterlee
No one wants their home to be uncomfortable during the winter due to a malfunctioning system. This is why it’s important to schedule a fall HVAC maintenance with your trusted HVAC professionals. At Satterlee, we can help make a HVAC maintenance plan to ensure your home is ready for the next season. If you have any questions, contact us! We are always happy to help you prepare for the future while helping to save you money.