Fall is the perfect time of year to make sure you wrap up your air conditioning maintenance and make sure your furnace is working properly before you get any unpleasant surprises during the coldest parts of winter. This list includes six things you can do all on your own to get ready for fall and five jobs we’d be happy to do to help you prepare for whatever the rest of the year’s weather wants to throw at you.
6 HVAC Maintenance Chores That You Can Do Alone
Test the Thermostat
To make sure you don’t have temperature control problems at the wrong time, go straight to the source. Follow the instructions included with your smart or standard thermostat and get someone to stand by the unit and make sure both are running and making noise at the same time. If either the unit or the thermostat is silent, this may indicate a greater problem.
Replace All Air Filters
You always need to change the air filters in your home to keep your system running efficiently. If you notice that your system tends to collect a high amount of dust and particles, consider replacing them more frequently or upgrading to higher-quality pleated filters.
Check Your Carbon Monoxide Detector
This valuable monitor needs to be running 24/7 in your home with fresh batteries to protect your household from possible carbon monoxide. Any furnace problems can increase the risk of carbon monoxide leaks, so having the detector in working order is a good fail-safe while you arrange a repair that may need a professional touch.
Clean Outdoor HVAC Units and Vents
To avoid potential fire hazards, both your HVAC unit and vents (including fireplace vents) should be free of dust and debris, especially if they’re located in spaces where dust can collect often, like outside your home. This also includes keeping combustible materials always from units or vent openings.
Check for Leaks
Start from the vents and work your way to your HVAC unit to the boiler. Even small amounts of water should be taken note of and handled right away by calling HVAC professionals to help detect and repair greater system problems that may be developing.
Improve or Repair Home Insulation and Ventilation Issues
Adding more insulation within your home or just making sure any open spaces under doors, in window frames, or cracks in walls are repaired will help with the efficiency of your HVAC system. It will also help prevent valuable heat from escaping, and possibly keep it in longer due to wall insulation.
5 HVAC Chores and Concerns You Should Call the Professionals for
When you’ve kept up with your system the best that you can and still need help, here are five HVAC jobs we are happy to handle for you in the fall so you get the job done right before winter hits.
- General annual maintenance and inspection on the HVAC unit to keep it up to date, whether you notice a problem or not.
- Inspecting wires, burners, belts, and other equipment that looks damaged and worn out. This also includes looking into suspicious equipment noises.
- Replacing an HVAC unit that is over ten years old.
- Repairing a heat pump that is probably the cause of poor temperature control or hot and cold air circulation in the home.
- Installing a whole-house fan to help you regulate temperature.
If you go through this list and find anything you need help with, we’ll happily be the ones to help you fix it. No matter what season it is, we pride ourselves on delivering the highest level of customer service in the industry all year long. At Snow Canyon Heating & Cooling, we provide our clients in St. George and the surrounding communities with 20 years of experience, expert project communication, and the same careful attention to detail that we would use on any of our own homes. It’s our pleasure to take care of your HVAC needs, so contact us with any questions at any time!