5 Fall HVAC Maintenance Tips to Prepare Your System for the Cooler Seasons Ahead

Summer is already coming to an end. With block parties and baseball games winding down, the season now heralds fuzzy sweaters, pumpkin spice lattes, and the return to cooler temperatures. Make sure you’re ready to face chilly evenings and crisp days with a well-functioning heater. The best way to ensure you are prepared is by following a few simple fall HVAC maintenance tips. Along with scheduling a professional HVAC checkup, you’ll be on track for a hassle-free season change, staying warm and cozy with a smoothly running furnace.

At Gorman Mechanical, the five major fall HVAC maintenance tips we recommend are:

1. Check for Refrigerant Line Leaks – Leaks may develop in your unit’s refrigerant lines over the summer. Unchecked, leaking and low levels will cause your HVAC’s cooling system to overcompensate, which can lead to your unit working inefficiently, freezing, tripping the breaker, and racking up expensive repairs. If leaks are left alone for too long, you’ll also shorten your HVAC’s lifespan. If you suspect or discover leakage, immediately get a professional from Gorman out to inspect your unit.

2. Check and Clean the Outdoor Fan – You have a fan at the top of your outdoor unit that can easily become damaged or clogged with dirt and debris. If you hear strange noises or note hindered performance, you’re fan may need to be cleaned.To clean, first turn off the electricity to your system. Following manufacturer directions, remove the grate covering the fan. Lift dirt from the fan blades with a damp towel and replace the grate, making sure the hub screw is tight. If the fan has been damaged, call a professional to inspect the situation.

3. Clean Condenser Coils – You’ll also want to check and clean the condenser coils. Turn off electricity to the unit at the circuit breaker before you begin.Following the manufacturer’s instructions, locate the condenser coils. Dirty coils can shorten a unit’s lifespan and hinder its performance. To clean the coils, just use warm and detergent on a rag. If the coils are tough to clean or seem damaged, don’t hesitate to call a pro.

4. Clear Debris and Potential Hazards – First, you’ll want to clear at least two feet of space around your outdoor equipment, even if that means re-strategizing your landscaping.Next, examine your system for potential hazards that could lead to expensive repairs. Checks should include detecting if your unit is level or unstable and watching for unusual noises, unusual odors, and trees or tree limbs encroaching on your unit. If you notice any of these hazards, stabilize and clear the area or call a technician.

5. Check Furnace Vents – As with many HVAC components, if your furnace vents are obstructed, the limited air flow will greatly reduce your unit’s efficiency and longevity. Inspect the area and wipe away dirt with a damp cloth, while inspecting the furnace for damage or wear.

As with most HVAC care, staying on top of preventative maintenance dramatically reduces costly repairs and emergency visits. Along with these five fall HVAC maintenance tips, we recommend accessing our maintenance plans as a regular Gorman customer. For more info on our services and HVAC solutions, visit our website today.

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