As the seasons change around southwest Georgia there are a number of important tasks to complete both indoors and out to ensure the comfort and safety of your home and family regardless of what the weather brings. As heating season approaches, a particular concern is HVAC maintenance which can help you avoid a mid-season breakdown just when you need your heating system the most, while preparing your cooling system for a well deserved break.
HVAC Maintenance Checklist
Air Conditioning Maintenance
Plan ahead and perform end of season maintenance on your cooling system, to help ensure the smooth and safe operation of this vital appliance next spring. Tasks include:
Clean the compressor. Start by turning off the power to the outdoor unit to avoid injury before continuing:
- Remove any visible debris from around the condenser unit.
- Use a soft brush attachment and vacuum the outer fins to remove build-up.
- Using a rounded knife gently straighten any bent fins.
- Unfasten the top grill and set aside. Carefully lift out the fan being careful not to dislodge or bend the wiring and set aside.
- Vacuum or remove any debris from inside the unit and wipe down surfaces gently with a damp cloth.
- Using mild pressure from your garden hose, spray the fins from the inside out.
- Reassemble the unit and restore power.
Change the filter. Clean or replace the air filter as needed.
Trim the landscaping. Trim long grasses or foliage from around the unit leaving a clearance of three feet around and on top.
Cover up. Protect the outdoor condenser from the elements using an air conditioner cover found at most home improvement stores. As an alternative, place a piece of plywood on top of the unit, large enough to cover and provide an overhang, and secure with a heavy brick or stone.
As temperatures drop, it’s nice to know you can come home to a warm, cozy environment at the end of a busy day. Add the following items to your checklist to maximize your comfort and safety throughout the fall and winter months:
Change your air filter. A clean filter helps to keep system components clean, while preventing allergens and other particulate from circulating throughout your indoor air.
Program the thermostat. Adjust the settings on your programmable or smart thermostat to reflect any changes in your schedule and to allow for the changes in temperature.
Check your ductwork. Perform a visual inspection of any exposed ductwork to look for signs of cracks or disconnection, where conditioned air can escape and contaminated air can enter.
Change the batteries. Now is a great time to change the batteries in your smoke detector and carbon monoxide detector.
Schedule annual preventive maintenance. Call the experts at Harrell King for annual maintenance, including the following:
- Check thermostat calibration.
- Lubricate all moving parts.
- Inspect and tighten all electrical connections.
- Test system controls on startup, operation, and shut down.
- Change or clean air filter as needed.
- Check burner combustion.
- Inspect heat exchanger.
- Check gas connections.
- Clean system components.
- And more!
Call Harrell King for Fall HVAC Maintenance
The experienced professionals at Harrell King will ensure your HVAC equipment is ready for the colder weather ahead with annual HVAC maintenance services. Contact us online to schedule an appointment today!