By the time the scorching San Antonio summer gives way to a slightly-less-scorching autumn, you’re probably ready for a break from the heat. But is your home prepared?
If you’re like most Texans, you worked your AC unit hard in the summer months. As you look forward to the coming cold weather, your entire HVAC system may need servicing to ensure that it continues to work perfectly. Here’s a quick HVAC inspection checklist of things to do to help you get started.
Clean Up Your Unit
Just as your home needs a deep cleaning a few times per year, you need to occasionally clean your HVAC system to keep it running optimally.
Clear leaves and debris away from your outdoor HVAC unit. This prevents any blockages from happening as well as any reductions in the unit’s ability to provide heat.
Not all of the debris is located inside of the unit though. Trim any other bushes or landscaping that are in the surrounding area of the unit to keep debris from gathering.
If you see debris has built up inside the unit, it’s important to turn off its power source completely. Once you have done so, remove the unit’s covering and clear out any debris using your hand or a vacuum.
Clean all your air filters to remove any pollen or dust that accumulated there during the summer. Instructions vary by models so always check your manufacturer’s suggestions. This is recommended since some filters might be designed to be replaced while others are simply cleaned.
Cleaning your AC filter may be as simple as vacuuming away any dust and scrubbing it down with plain or soapy water and a stiff brush. All filters connected to your HVAC system should also be cleaned in the fall.
Perform An AC Inspection
Take a walk around your home with a flashlight. Inspect every part of your HVAC system, including the furnace, ductwork, vents, and outdoor condenser unit. Look for any obvious issues such as leaks, cracks, or loose seals.
Turn your system on and do another walkthrough of your home. Check that the air is moving through all your vents. Don’t be alarmed if you detect a burnt smell the first time you turn on your heat. That’s normal; the dust that built up in your furnace all year gets burned up the first time you use your heat.
If you spot anything that looks concerning, if you notice a burnt smell that persists, or if you don’t feel comfortable doing the inspection yourself, contact an HVAC service company such as ABC Home & Commercial Services to check things out.
A professional can perform maintenance tasks, such as lubricating moving parts and tightening electrical connections to keep your system in good working order.
By following these simple steps you’ll be well prepared for the coming drop in temperature with a fully functioning HVAC unit to keep your family and home comfortable every day.