As the autumn weather begins to get colder, there is a lot of maintenance that needs to be done before the winter weather arrives. Your HVAC needs to have the AC serviced and winterized to protect against damage during stormy weather and the ducts need to be inspected, cleaned, and adjusted for winter heating. The following HVAC maintenance checklist will help you do the autumn maintenance that needs to be done to get your home ready for the winter months and colder weather.
Preparing for Changes in the Weather and Inspecting the AC for Problems That Need Repairs
As the weather gets cooler, you will turn your AC off for the year. This is a good time to inspect the air conditioning condensing unit and other components of your AC for problems. It may be a good idea to go ahead and repair these problems to ensure your AC is ready when the weather gets hotter next spring and you need it again. In addition, if you are planning on upgrading the AC, now is a good time to start planning these improvements to ensure they are ready by next summer when you need the cooling again.
Winterizing Your AC to Protect It from the Winter Weather That Can Cause Problems in Spring
It is also a good idea to winterize your AC to ensure you are ready for the winter weather to come. To start with this maintenance, you want to clean the condensing unit outside of your home as well as the condensation drain lines. Plug the drain lines and cover the AC unit to protect the system during the winter months. Remember, if you cover the AC, you want to allow ventilation at the bottom of the cover to allow moisture to escape and prevent problems with mildew and mold.
Inspecting and Repairing the Ductwork for Problems and Adjusting Dampers for Winter Heating
The ductwork of your HVAC system is also going to need maintenance when the seasons change. Start by inspecting the ducts for any damage and repairing problems like missing or damaged insulation and leaks. In addition, you will want to adjust the dampers of the ducts to heating and change the air filters of the system before you switch from cooling to heating for the winter months.
Cleaning the Furnace, Changing Thermostat Batteries, and Preparing for Winter Heating Needs
The last step for your autumn HVAC maintenance is to clean the furnace and prepare for heating. In addition to the furnace, you also want to change the batteries in the thermostat and make sure all your HVAC vents are clean and clear to allow for good air circulation when the system is on and heating your home.
These are some of the maintenance tasks that need to be done to prepare your HVAC and home for the colder winter weather. If you need help with maintenance and repairs before the winter weather arrives, contact an AC service to get your heating and cooling systems ready for the changes in weather that are coming.