Preparing Your AC Unit for the Fall Season
Regular maintenance on your HVAC system is important to avoid unnecessary HVAC repair and to extend the lifespan of your AC and furnace. It’s important to prepare your AC in the spring for the summer ahead, but it’s also important to get it ready for the time of year that it won’t be used as often. Here are some things you should do to get your AC unit ready this fall.
It’s important to change your air filter periodically throughout the year. Many people notice the filter gets dirtier more quickly during the summer when the system is circulating more air to keep the house at a comfortable temperature. While it’s important to change the filter frequently during the cooling season, it’s also important that you don’t overlook this when the AC isn’t working as often. It’s important for both the heating and cooling aspects of HVAC to be able to move air easily, which is hard to do when the filter is old and dirty. Continuing the habit of regular filter changes will ensure your AC is ready to go when the weather starts to heat up again in the spring and summer.
Another thing you can do in order to ensure good air flow when it’s time to use the AC again is to clean all the debris that tends to gather around your outdoor unit. Any debris that’s currently around the unit like leaves, garbage, and grass clippings can be more difficult to remove in the spring after it’s been compacted by rain and ice throughout the winter.
In addition to cleaning around the AC unit, be sure to clean the actual unit itself. You can gently spray down the outside unit and coils to remove any buildup that could cause problems once it’s time to turn on the cool air again.
Your HVAC system should have a tune up in the spring as well as one in the fall. HVAC companies in Conyers, GA, check things on both the air conditioning and heating side of the system to get them ready for the coming season. Although the spring tune up is generally aimed at assessing the health of the AC and the fall looks at the heating aspect, either tune up can actually identify problems on both sides. That’s why it’s a good idea to have both tune ups to make sure the thermostat is working properly, air flow is adequate, the blower is in good shape, and all electrical connections are working properly. There are also safety issues to think about when switching to the heating system, so it’s a good idea to have this professional inspection and make sure there aren’t problems with either the AC or furnace.
Repairs or Replacement
The professional inspection will reveal whether or not there are repairs you need to make. Even if the repairs are strictly related to the AC and you don’t think you’ll need to use the AC for a few months, it’s a good idea to have those repairs done in the fall when AC technicians are less likely to be busy. It may also be a good time to think about replacing your AC if you’ve been considering it anyway. In some cases you can get a new AC for less money in the fall rather than in the busy season when there’s higher demand. Contact Omega Heating & Air at 404-438-0353 today to learn more!