Creating A HVAC Checklist

Creating A HVAC Checklist

Ongoing tune-ups and maintenance are crucial to helping your HVAC system run smoothly. While it might seem like a frivolous expense to get your HVAC inspected when nothing is visibly wrong with it, these checks will help you to avoid any surprise maintenance calls and untimely breakdowns.

By having your HVAC inspected regularly, you will most likely save your household money in the long run. Fall and spring are the most important times to have your inspections done, as these are the transition periods either from hot to cold or cold to hot weather. However, you may still need inspections done in the middle of winter or summer depending on how well your HVAC unit is working.

Fall

Fall is an incredibly important time to get your HVAC inspected. This is right before the heavy storms will begin to set in, and the last thing you want is for your heating to go out in the middle of a blizzard.

If you get your fall checkup, the technician will likely tend to the following:

  • Clear out space around outdoor HVAC units. You should have at least 2-3 feet of space clear around them.

  • Turn on your heater/furnace. This way you will know immediately if there’s a serious problem. Don’t wait until the first freeze to do this!

  • Schedule a combustion-efficiency test. This will measure how efficiently your fuel is being burned during the combustion process.

  • Replace humidifier filters. Change your humidifier filters out now, before you have to use them every day. These will help to make your air more breathable by adding some moisture back into it.

  • Take care of insulation issues now. Fall or spring is the best time to do this work; this will help to insulate your home to keep the cold out and the heat in. This is also a good time to reinsulate your pipes, so they don’t freeze and potentially burst when the temperatures drop.

Winter

Could you have imagined going through the “Bomb Cyclone” that happened last winter without your heating system? It would have been miserable and would have made getting through that winter so much harder! This is just one reason why seasonal maintenance is important.

During a winter HVAC checkup your technician will likely be looking at the following to ensure your system continues to run smoothly throughout the rest of winter:

  • Check your chimneys and fireplaces to make sure they're clean. According to the EPA and The National Fire Protection Association, heating equipment and fireplaces are responsible for approximately 54,000 residential fires per year. If you have a chimney, then it is critical to have it cleaned and serviced annually.

  • Inspect all alarms. Winter is notoriously risky for both residential fires and carbon monoxide leaks. Now is the time to change the batteries in all of your detectors and alarms, before disaster strikes.

Spring

This is when the temperatures are beginning to rise, and you may start thinking about using your AC again. While you might not begin using your AC the first day of spring (March 20), you should get it prepared for those random warm days you are likely to encounter before the temperatures rise for good.

A good way to prepare is by getting an inspection or maintenance check. In a springtime checkup, your technician will likely look at the following:

  • Take care of insulation issues, again. Like we said before, fall or spring is the best time to do this work. Your insulation will help to keep the cool air in your home, and the hot air out of your home.

  • Clear out space around your HVAC unit again. Hopefully, this will be the last of the fallen leaves and excessive debris for a while, but it is good to keep an eye on your unit throughout the year to make sure there is always 2-3 feet of space around it.

Summer

Your AC unit will be in full swing by the time summer rolls around. It will be working to keep you cool while inside and help you to escape that sweltering humidity while you can.

If you call for an HVAC inspection or maintenance check, your technician should take care of the following:

  • Turn off the water supply to the furnace. You likely won’t be using your furnace anymore at this point, so it is safe to shut this water supply off.

  • Inspect your refrigerant lines. These are what connect your outdoor air conditioner to your indoor evaporator coil, so it is important they are in proper working condition.

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