Preparing Your AC for the Fall
Your air conditioner gets a workout during the long, hot days of summer. But as the season changes and temperatures begin to drop, it's time to prep your air conditioner for fall. We have a few tips for you, but if you're not a do-it-yourselfer, or if you have questions, call your HVAC company.
Here are a few things you need to do to prepare your air conditioner for the months ahead. If you don't have the time or inclination to take care of these items yourself, you can always call a local HVAC service to handle them for you.
Change the Air Filter
As your AC unit works hard to keep you cool, debris can accumulate and diminish airflow, making your system work harder to maintain a comfortable temperature. As fall approaches, it's a good time to replace the old, used filter.
Fall is a good time to clean around the condenser unit. Clip overgrown grass and pull weeds around the unit, rake any leaves and grass clippings, and remove branches or twigs that may have fallen near the unit. A rule-of-thumb is to keep 2-3 feet of space clear all the way around the unit. You can use a garden hose to wash away dirt and use a condenser coil brush to clean the coils and hard-to-reach areas. Once the unit is clean and dry, check to see if there's anything that should be fixed on replaced. An HVAC repair service can do that for you. It's also a good time to dust or vacuum all the interior vents and grilles in your home. This will help you maintain maximum airflow and good interior air quality.
Wrap a foam cover around your AC unit's exposed pipe—not the small copper line—to protect it from freezing temperatures. You can use duct tape to hold the foam in place. Taking the time to wrap the pipes now can save you headaches and greater expenses later.
Fall is a good time to schedule a regular HVAC maintenance tune-up. A professional will perform quality checkups to keep your system functioning properly and efficiently. Routine maintenance allows you to fix minor issues before they can become major problems. It lessens the probability of unexpected repairs, extends the life of your unit, and helps you keep your utility bills under control. A full inspection and tune-up will help keep your system working properly, even after months of running during those hot summer temperatures.
During a maintenance call, ask your HVAC professional to check your thermostat to make sure it's working properly. If you don't have a programmable thermostat, he or she can switch it out for you. A programmable thermostat will help you save money on your utility bills and keep your home at the right temperature.
Winter Watch List
Even if you have your system inspections done regularly, watch for these signs during the winter:
- Inconsistent airflow from the systems’ ducts
- Significant temperature differences between rooms
- Unusual noises
- Unpleasant odor
If you notice any of these issues, contact your HVAC service.
Fall into the Habit
Fall is the perfect time to get in the habit of having regular maintenance performed on your system. A well maintained and serviced HVAC system is efficient and uses less energy. You'll save money in the long run, so schedule routine maintenance for your heating and cooling system with Shriver Mechanical, Inc., your HVAC company in Marietta, GA, today. Call 770-975-1927 to set up an appointment.