5 Important Tasks for Your Fall HVAC Maintenance Checklist

5 Important Tasks for Your Fall HVAC Maintenance ChecklistFall HVAC maintenance prepares your air conditioner and furnace for the changing of the seasons. You’ll soon be putting your A/C out of commission for another winter and putting the furnace back to work. Certain tasks need to be performed on each unit as well as some things that are common to the entire HVAC system. Ensure optimal heating efficiency and performance this winter, as well as an air conditioner ready for action at seasonal start-up next spring, by remembering these five fall HVAC maintenance tasks:

  1. Clean indoor and outdoor A/C coils. Dust and dirt accumulation on the evaporator and condenser coils shouldn’t be allowed to solidify in place over the long winter. Also blow out or hose away any grass clippings, leaves or other debris that may have accumulated inside the outdoor unit.
  2. Make sure the air conditioner condensate drain pan in the indoor air handler is free of standing water for the winter season.
  3. Consider covering the outdoor A/C unit with a commercially-available, vented A/C cover made for that purpose. This will keep the outdoor coil clean of debris, particularly falling leaves, during the winter.
  4. Schedule a regular annual furnace check-up with your HVAC contractor. It’s required by your furnace warranty, anyway, and helps ensure safe, reliable heating this season. A typical procedure includes:
    • Checking and tightening electrical connections.
    • Cleaning and lubricating blower moving parts.
    • Inspecting and cleaning the burners and heat exchanger.
    • Checking the gas connections and gas pressure.
    • Starting up the furnace and testing combustion gases as well as checking for carbon monoxide gas in the airflow.
    • Verifying thermostat calibration.
  5. Replace the system air filter now and monthly for the rest of the heating season.

To schedule fall HVAC maintenance and prepare for the winter heating season, contact Paitson Bros., your all-season HVAC service provider since 1922.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Terre Haute, Indiana about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). 

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