It may still be warm outside but it’s not too soon to be thinking about HVAC winter prep for your system. If you’ve never considered how end-of-season maintenance can help ensure your system stays in good order, read on for why you should think about it and what you should do.
Putting the A/C to Bed
In a few weeks, you’ll be able to turn off the air conditioner and put it to bed. First, take a look around your outdoor unit, which contains the compressor and condenser coils. Trim back grass and weeds. Be careful when you use a weed whacker, or you could damage the fins. Also, check the ventilated sides of the housing. You may want to blow away any grass or leaves to keep the vents clear.
Look around the unit. Trim back shrubs or hanging limbs.
It’s not necessary to cover the unit for winter, as this may encourage mold or nesting animals and insects. But if you are concerned about ice dams or snow falling in the unit and freezing and refreezing, you could fit a piece of plywood on top, secured with cords and bolts. If you use a commercial cover, it should have vents to allow circulation.
Getting the Furnace Ready
Change your air filter as the season transitions. Filters should be changed regularly, as per manufacturer’s instructions, or more often if it seems they get dirty in a hurry.
Check all vents for obstructions, moving carpet, drapes and furniture so the air can flow unobstructed. Vacuum grilles and vent covers to remove pet hair and dust bunnies.
If you are able, check your exhaust pipes on the roof for blockages, such as birds nests, and remove them.
Schedule fall maintenance with your HVAC technician, who will need to check burners, the pilot or ignition, heat exchanger, thermostat and controls.
Test your carbon monoxide monitors for safe operation. Any home that uses combustion-powered heating and appliances should have CO monitors.
For help with HVAC winter prep for your system, contact Aggressive Mechanical Contractors, serving Monmouth County and the surrounding area.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Monmouth County, New Jersey and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).
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