As we round out the year and head into winter, now is the time to start thinking about end-of-the-year HVAC maintenance. This is the time to ensure that your home or business’ system is running smoothly and efficiently so you can avoid any disruptions or problems when you need it most.
What to Include On Your End-of-the-Year HVAC Maintenance Checklist
Here are a few things that should be on your end-of-the-year HVAC maintenance checklist:
- Check your air filters and replace them if they are dirty. This is one of the simplest and most important things you can do to maintain your HVAC system. Dirty air filters not only make your system work harder, but they can also lead to other problems like reduced airflow and increased energy costs. Regularly checking and replacing your air filters is an important part of taking care of your home and preserving good air quality. The air filter is responsible for cleaning the air circulated through your HVAC system. If you haven’t checked it in a while, now is the time to do so. Dirt, dust, and other pollutants can build up over time, reducing airflow and making your system less efficient. Fortunately, checking and replacing an air filter only takes a few minutes and is well worth your time in terms of saving money on energy costs and improving indoor air quality. Always be sure to consult with a professional if you have any questions or need assistance with this task.
- Inspect your ductwork for any leaks or holes. Your ductwork is responsible for carrying heated or cooled air throughout your home, so it's important to make sure it is in good condition. Look for any signs of damage, leaks, or loose connections that could cause problems down the line. Inspecting your ductwork regularly is one of the most important steps homeowners can take to maintain their air quality. Leaks or holes in ducts will lead to decreased efficiency and increased energy costs, as well as the possibility for materials, such as insulation or dust, to enter your home's air system. So, be sure to check for any cracks or gaps in your system at least once per year, either by yourself or with the help of a licensed HVAC professional. That small effort now can prevent costly repairs down the line.
- Clean your evaporator coil. Keeping your evaporator coil clean is essential to ensuring maximum performance from your HVAC system. An illuminated light, unusual odors, and reduced cool air output in the space serviced by the unit may all be signs that it is time for a more thorough cleaning of the evaporator coil. To properly and safely clean your evaporator coil, start by consulting the user manual and following its instructions. Thereafter, turn off the power to the unit and access the evaporator coil, including removing any attached covers or filters. Use a vacuum to remove accumulated dust, dirt, and hair before proceeding with a soft brush or cloth plus mild detergent to brush/wipe away dust residue and dirt. Once complete, be sure to reassemble, reconnect power, and restart your HVAC system.
- Test your thermostat to make sure it is working properly. Your thermostat settings play a big role in how well your system runs, so it's important to test them periodically to make sure they are still accurate. If your settings are off, it could lead to wasted energy and higher bills. Regularly testing your thermostat can save you in the long run, both financially and when it comes to comfort in your home. A properly working thermostat ensures that your air conditioner isn't running too often or too little, which can result in higher energy bills or an uncomfortable living environment. To keep everything running smoothly, periodic testing of the equipment is recommended. This can range from a thorough inspection by a qualified technician to simply turning on the system and checking to see if the room temperatures match up with what is set on the thermostat’s display. Doing this small check on occasion helps you stay comfortable and can also save you money.
- Schedule a professional HVAC maintenance checkup to ensure everything is in good working order. Maintaining a healthy HVAC system is essential for maximum performance, efficiency, and safety. Scheduling a professional maintenance checkup can help prevent problems before they occur. During an inspection, trained technicians thoroughly review the entire system with specialized tools to look for any signs of imminent failure or inadequate performance. This maintenance checkup may also include basic cleaning and replacement of parts as needed, which will help keep your system running smoothly throughout the year. Qualified technicians should be able to resolve any issues quickly and ensure that your HVAC is in good working order.
If you take care of these few things on your end-of-the-year HVAC maintenance checklist, you'll be one step ahead in keeping your system running smoothly all winter long.
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