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- By James Wisler
- HVAC GUIDES
Heating and Air Conditioning Maintenance Roanoke Virginia
Fall is traditionally the time to tackle maintenance work to prepare your home for the upcoming winter. When making a to-do list, be sure to add the following important fall HVAC maintenance tasks to ease the transition from cooling to heating and avoid unnecessary headaches.
MINIMIZE AIR LOSSES
Sealing air leaks around the home this fall can increase your comfort and help reduce the energy consumption of your heating, ventilation and air conditioning system in the coming year. Start by sealing gaps, cracks, and holes on the exterior, doors and windows, the attic hatch, and where pipes, vents, and cables run through exterior walls. Finally, have the condition of your HVAC ducts inspected, then seal them with tape or metal-based putty and properly insulate them.
SCHEDULE PROFESSIONAL MAINTENANCE
The transition between the cooling and heating seasons is the perfect time to have your HVAC system inspected, adjusted and cleaned by a professional. By performing preventative maintenance before you need heat, you can rest assured that equipment is operating safely and efficiently. If your technician finds any worrisome issues, you will have time to address them to avoid inconvenience and inconvenience in the middle of winter.
GIVE YOUR THERMOSTAT SOME ATTENTION
Giving your thermostat a little TLC before the heating season begins can help keep your home warm this winter while saving energy. Start by replacing the batteries in the device and then adjust your programming and temperature settings. Your HVAC technician should also check the thermostat to make sure it is properly calibrated and working properly.
PROMOTE GOOD SYSTEM AIRFLOW
Maintaining good air circulation in your HVAC system is important to ensure reliable operation and ensure that enough warm air is distributed throughout your home. Replacing the system’s air filter is the first step in avoiding airflow restrictions during the heating season. Next, vacuum all of the vents on your heating and ventilation system, ensure that the supply air register vents are fully open, and ensure that the registers and return grilles are not blocked by household items that could impede airflow.
FAQs About Fall to-do list: HVAC Maintenance:
What are the benefits of fall HVAC maintenance?
Fall is a good time to have your HVAC system inspected and serviced before the cold weather arrives. This will help to ensure that your system is running efficiently and prevent any major problems from occurring during the winter. A properly maintained HVAC system can also help to improve the air quality in your home, which can have a positive impact on your health.
What are some of the things that should be checked during fall HVAC maintenance?
The following are some of the things that should be checked during fall HVAC maintenance:
- Air filter: The air filter should be cleaned or replaced. A dirty air filter can restrict airflow and reduce the efficiency of the system.
- Condensate drain: The condensate drain should be checked to make sure it is draining properly. A clogged condensate drain can cause water damage.
- Belts and pulleys: The belts and pulleys should be checked for wear and tear. Worn belts and pulleys can cause the system to operate less efficiently and may even break down.
- Freon levels: The freon levels should be checked to make sure they are within the manufacturer’s specifications. Low freon levels can cause the system to not operate properly.
- Electrical connections: The electrical connections should be checked for looseness or corrosion. Loose or corroded connections can cause the system to overheat or malfunction.
- Overall system performance: The overall performance of the system should be checked to make sure it is operating properly. This includes checking the temperature and airflow.
How often should I have my HVAC system maintained?
The frequency of HVAC maintenance depends on a number of factors, including the age of the system, the climate you live in, and how often the system is used. However, it is generally recommended to have your HVAC system inspected and serviced at least once a year.
What are the signs that my HVAC system needs maintenance?
There are a few signs that your HVAC system may need maintenance, including:
- The system is not cooling or heating your home properly.
- The system is making strange noises.
- The system is not blowing as much air as it used to.
- The system is leaking water.
- The system is tripping the circuit breaker.
To schedule HVAC maintenance for your Virginia home this fall, contact us at Wisler Plumbing & Air today. Our goal is to educate our customers in Roanoke, Salem and the surrounding Virginia area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information on other HVAC topics, or call us at 540-405-8028.