As many longtime homeowners are well aware, the fall season we’re entering is an important transitional season for your HVAC system. This is the time of year where you’ll move from cooling needs in the home to warming needs, and it’s also one where HVAC professionals strongly recommend basic maintenance and upkeep themes for both the air conditioner and the furnace that cover these varying needs.
When you call the team with At Your Service Plumbing, Heating & Air, we’re here to help with numerous areas of air conditioning maintenance and repair, including end-of-season AC care for those who want to ensure their system is well-taken-care of during this important time. In this two-part blog series, we’ll begin by going over several specific fall AC themes to consider when it comes to maintenance, then dig into a few issues you may be experiencing during this part of the year and what you might be able to do about them.
Most outdoor HVAC units are for air conditioning only, though there are some that may be used during winter as well. In either case, one of the first steps to take during the fall season is cleaning this unit carefully.
You’ll be able to handle the early parts of this job easily: Remove leaves and other debris from the area. From here, you can either proceed with caution on your own or call our HVAC technicians for assistance with some other basic themes:
- Vacuuming out any remaining debris or dirt from inside the unit
- Softly hose off any AC coils visible
- Straighten out flattened or crooked fins (if you attempt this yourself, power should be turned off and proper safety measures should be taken)
Covering the Unit
Whether or not to cover the outdoor unit for the winter is a topic of some debate. Your AC is made of metal and will withstand most winter elements easily, but could be damaged by debris or other impact risks – if these are significant in your area, we do recommend covering the unit.
If your outdoor unit is also a heat pump that works during the winter, however, you definitely should not cover it.
After cleaning and potentially covering the unit, you should also check for nearby impact hazards. These include tree branches that could fall, debris on the roof or even major weeds around the unit, which could risk growing into its area over time.
Finally, most tend to think of their fall HVAC tune-up through the lens of their furnace or heater. But who says such an appointment only has to cover this part of your system?
When you call our HVAC pros for your fall appointment, ask about basic AC checkup areas as well as heating considerations. This is especially important if you have an older unit, or if you have a unit that’s used for both heating and cooling during the year.
For more on important fall AC maintenance tips, or to learn about any of our HVAC or plumbing services, speak to the staff with At Your Service Plumbing, Heating & Air today.