HVAC equipment needs regular maintenance to work at peak efficiency and provide reliable service through the rest of the season. During autumn in Charlottesville, VA, your HVAC maintenance is two-fold: you need to turn off and clean up the air conditioner. Then you need to turn on and maintain the furnace for its upcoming season.
There are many tasks involved in each, some of which you can do by yourself and others which you will probably need a professional for (we can help at The Otter Guys.) Even if you don’t want to do any of it yourself, it’s still a good idea to know what the professionals should be doing to keep your HVAC system running well. Here’s a checklist to guide you through what should be done for fall HVAC maintenance.
Fall Maintenance for Your Air Conditioner
First, you should start with handling the shut-down maintenance for your air conditioner. Once it’s time for the machine to be turned off for the year because it’s too cold, you should complete a handful of steps. The first one is the most complicated. You need to clean the air conditioner and its compressor.
Here is how to clean the outdoor unit of the air conditioner:
There are a few other things that you should do to keep your air conditioner in good condition until it needs to be turned back on in the spring, including:
Fall Maintenance for Your Furnace
Maintaining your furnace in the fall is very important. You will lower the odds of a breakdown through the winter if you get the unit professionally maintained before you turn it on, every year. This is what should be involved in your fall furnace maintenance:
Schedule Your Next Maintenance Appointment
Now that your fall maintenance appointment is complete, you should schedule your next one. You may need one in the spring for your air conditioner, or you may have only one yearly appointment where your HVAC professional takes care of all of your HVAC units. Whatever your cycle, it’s wise to book well ahead of time so that you don’t forget. You will also get your choice of time and day which can be valuable for those with a busy schedule.
Bonus Items: Air Duct Cleanings, Thermostat
What else should you take care of during the fall? Ideally, you also take a peek at your thermostat settings and make sure that they are right for the upcoming season. If you like, you can typically get an HVAC professional to reprogram the thermostat for you, or even walk you through some of its finer points. This is an especially good idea if you have a smart thermostat that has interesting settings you can take advantage of.
Also, consider if you need an air duct cleaning. You don’t need one quite every year, but if it has been more than two, it’s a good idea to get it done to improve heating and cooling efficiency.
There is a lot involved with fall HVAC maintenance. If you don’t want to do it yourself, the professionals at The Otter Guys can help. Contact us today to schedule your maintenance appointment or discuss any unusual needs your HVAC system might have.