Pre-Fall AC Prep List to Retire Your Cooling in Anticipating of the Heating

We still have plenty of warm weeks left in North Texas, but it is not too soon to start thinking about the process of shutting down your AC for the year. Even though you probably will not be turning off your air conditioner for another couple months, you need to be considering now the system’s maintenance as it goes into hibernation for those winter months. As soon as you need it again next spring, you will thank yourself for being proactive this year and following through with adequate care.

To help you out, here is a pre-fall AC prep list to start acting on as autumn is right around the corner.

Clean or Replace the Air Filter

You have heard this tip from Gorman Mechanical many times, but you will want to get a final air filter replacement in before you switch over to your furnace. Not cleaning or replacing the filter can affect your home’s indoor air quality throughout the winter and may shorten the longevity of your entire HVAC unit.

Clean Your Coils

You will also want to clean all the dust and debris out of your evaporator coils before you consider shutting the AC down for the year. Extra dirt minimizes an HVAC unit’s efficiency, costing you more money and making the air conditioner work harder. We recommend cleaning your coils with a soft bristle brush and mild detergent once you have completely switched off the entire unit.

While you are at it, you will also want to clean your condenser coil. This component is located in the outdoor condenser cabinet. Remove all debris from around the cabinet first before cleaning it, using a similar method to that of cleaning the evaporator coils.

Double-Check the Condensate Drain and Drip Tray

Another essential part of your air conditioner that requires inspection is the condensate drip tray, located directly below the evaporator coil. You will want to look at this tray and note any signs of damage, as well as checking the condensate drain for blockages. Any damage or blockages could thwart the performance of your unit.

Get Your Fall Expert Tune-Up

We know you are not quite ready to turn in your air conditioner, but now is a good time to plan a fall maintenance tune-up from Gorman Mechanical. If you are not sure about the tips we have mentioned above, we are more than happy to show you the necessary DIY maintenance.

Aside from the those basics, we can provide you with a fall maintenance visit to get everything ready for the transition into fall and winter. Our highly-trained HVAC techs will check refrigerant levels, lubricate components, calibrate the thermostat, check for gas leaks, and so much more. Feel safe moving on from the warm months with Gorman at your back. For more information on our preventative maintenance plans and HVAC services, check out our website.

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