Fall HVAC tasks You Should be Doing This Season

Published on: November 2, 2018

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For many of us, fall is a season best associated with tasty treats like pumpkin spice lattes or with warmer clothing like scarves and long coats. For us, it’s the best time of the year to maintain our HVAC equipment. Next to spring, fall is a slow season where maintenance and necessary repairs can be made to A/C units that are being shut off or furnaces about to be switched on.

We know the last thing you want to find is an HVAC unit that’s not working in peak condition when it’s frosty or snowing outside. So today, we’re going to look at some fall HVAC tasks you can definitely do now since it’s the best season for it.

Check the furnace

You ideally should be examining your furnace before the frigid temperatures kick in so you can stay comfortable during the entire season. If you want to go more in-depth about cleaning and maintaining your furnace, you can check out our previous post. If you’d simply prefer to get a good idea of what needs to be done, we’ll give you the basics:

  • Power down the system before doing anything else. Find its power supply and switch off both the switch plate and fuel supply.
  • Next, clean out the combustion chamber. Grab a wire brush, put on gloves and a mask, and scrape away the soot and corrosion that’s gathering up on the chamber walls. When you’re done, vacuum the debris away and put the chamber cover back on.
  • Change the oil and air filters. This will help improve the air quality of your home or building and prevent premature replacement for the furnace, all while ensuring efficiency.
  • Check for leaks or danger signs. The exhaust flue is where most carbon monoxide leaks can come from. You can cover small holes with foil tape, but if the flue is corroded, stop what you’re doing and call in a professional for their help. A corroded flue is not a DIY task.

Clean your A/C

These are some good steps to take now that you don’t need to keep the A/C turned on so much:

  • Change the air filter. That way you can worry less about discovering no cool air on the first day of summer.
  • Give it a cleaning. Focus on removing dust from the inner coils and outer casing, plus around the most frequently used controls. That way gunk doesn’t build up when the air gets chilly and causes any issues when the weather warms up.
  • Schedule a maintenance check-up. That way you can be sure everything is working A-OK (plus maybe it’s been a year since you checked on it and it’s not!)
  • Consider getting a new unit. Upgrading to a new model should be done when it’s not summer since you’re not getting a replacement out of necessity. Plus, it’s more likely to book an appointment with a technician that’s more accommodating to your own busy schedule.

Check the Thermostat

A faulty thermostat is one of the most common reasons to get help from an HVAC professional. You can check on your thermostat’s condition by turning it up by 5 degrees. Wait for a few minutes, and then you should be able to feel a change in the air coming out of the vents.

If there is no change, or the furnace or A/C doesn’t even switch on, that’s a sign of a faulty or broken thermostat. It’s best to leave that kind of fix to the professionals, so give them a call.

Stay toasty this fall when the temperatures drop, and don’t be afraid to ask for help if you need it! At Rep-Air Heating And Cooling we provide our customers with many options that will best suit your needs from heating and cooling to refrigeration. Contact us today for your complimentary quote: 1-778-728-1476 or contact@repairheatingandcooling.com and don’t forget to take a look at our website: https://repairheatingandcooling.com. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram for free giveaways!

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