Here are 6 Common HVAC Maintenance Steps for Fall/Winter

November 19, 2020

HVAC systems could last many years and perform exceptionally well during their lifetime. As heaters and air conditioning systems could suffer from wear, tear, and other issues, mechanical problems may occur. Sometimes, unexpected problems arise, which necessitates a service call. Such is part of the responsibilities homeowners have to contend with.

Other responsibilities may seem like “extra” ones, such as preventive maintenance steps. Some might think preventive maintenance might not be entirely necessary. After all, it doesn’t seem like anything is wrong. Well, that could change due to routine or excessive use. So, embracing preventive maintenance might be a good idea.

Why Preventive Maintenance Counts

It wouldn’t be accurate to say preventive maintenance guarantees no problems occur. However, it would be reasonable to suggest that preventive maintenance may reduce the chances of some issues occurring or improving the odds of catching things early. Discovering a small problem could lead to an equally small, not-too-costly repair job. However, allowing a small problem to expand might lead to an expensive issue that requires significant repair costs.

So, what are some preventive maintenance steps to take for the fall and winter season?

1. Check and Change the Filter

Filters, as most know, catch dirt, dust, and other impurities. A filter can only do this for so long and for so much. Once it reaches capacity, changing the filter becomes necessary. And doing so is not a minor step, as a clogged air filter could cause severe problems. At the least, expect a clogged filter to hamper performance and run up energy bills. There’s also a chance the system could overheat. If the high-limit switch does not work when the unit overheats, the heat exchanger might crack. Besides being expensive to replace, a cracked heat exchanger presents safety risks.

Puyallup residents could explore heater maintenance options with Expert Air Control. We also handle repair and installation work, including such work for cooling systems.

2. Cleaning Out the System

A dirty furnace, air conditioner, and related ductwork do not do the system nor the household occupants any good. Dust could accumulate and then burn inside the system. It could also travel through the house via the ducts. Proper cleaning involves much careful work and probably is not best served through a DIY job.

3. Examine the Vents

Vents don’t always receive the attention they deserve. Sometimes, homeowners place furniture in front of vents because they may be a bit unsightly. However, blocking vents could make it difficult for air to come through as dust buildup accumulates on the vents. Checking those vents might uncover some dirt-fused obstructions. And speaking of obstructions, putting furniture in front of vents could definitely block airflow.

4. Get on Top of Any Drafts

Few may worry about drafts during the fall season, depending on the geographic area or weather trends. When fall season temperatures turn moderate, running the air conditioner or firing up the furnace becomes a non-issue. However, when fall becomes winter, the furnace may need to go on earlier than anticipated.

Fixing drafts might not even be too difficult. Weatherstripping is a common way to seal updrafts on windows and doors. Severe problems, however, might require repair or replacement steps. Even a little draft could run up heating bills during the winter. Reduce the drafts and, hopefully, expenses come down.

5. Consider a Programmable Thermostat

Changing the thermostat could serve a useful purpose from both a money and an energy-saving standpoint. A traditional thermostat raises or lowers the temperature based on manual adjustments. With a programmable thermostat, it becomes possible to set and time the temperature settings for particular days and times. Doing so cuts down on running the furnace at times when no one is home. Yet, when someone does return home, the temperature could be at the preferred level.

6. Request a Full Inspection

Some steps might be best left to professionals. An HVAC technician could perform a thorough inspection of the system and look for any worn parts, defects, or other issues. Upon learning about troubles with the HVAC system, a homeowner could agree to repairs or upgrades. Performing repairs during the mild fall season might be far preferable than dealing with a malfunctioning furnace when cold weather comes to town.

Expert Air Control wants to help Puyallup, WA, homeowners with heating and cooling services. Our family-owned business launched in 1979 and employs NATE-certified technicians. Call today to speak with one of our customer service representatives about our offered services which include duct cleaning and sealing, gas piping as well as indoor air quality, and even electrical services. We look forward to serving all of your indoor home comfort needs.