When I married my husband ten years ago, I reluctantly agreed to move into the older brick home he already owned. I knew the house was outdated. Unfortunately, I didn’t have any experience renovating an older place. Immediately, I noticed the old central air conditioning unit in the home. After thoroughly inspecting the equipment, I was afraid the ancient unit wouldn’t make it through my first summer in my new place. Thankfully, I was wrong. After ten years, this same air conditioning system is still running smoothly. However, it has received some diligent care from a reputable HVAC contractor over the years. On this blog, you will discover the ways an HVAC contractor can restore an older air conditioning unit.
When the warm summer days begin to wind down, you need to start thinking about how you will prepare your home for fall. One part of your home that will need attention is your HVAC system. The end of summer is the perfect time to take care of this. The following are some things you can do now to get your HVAC ready for fall and winter weather:
Request a Service Call
Just like any other component with moving parts, you should have your HVAC serviced from time to time. A great time to do this is just before a major weather change. Like most homeowners, you probably rely on your HVAC to keep your home at a comfortable level. Getting the system serviced just before cold weather starts will prevent any frustrating or damaging issues that can interrupt your comfort levels, especially when the weather is extremely cold.
Have a technician look at the unit and check the levels of Freon and other components inside the system. If you need any work done to repair a problem, be sure to schedule it right away so you do not have to be without your HVAC when the weather gets chilly.
Check Your Filters
If you are not doing so already, you should check your air filters at least every few months. When you change or clean your filters, look for any debris or dust building up on other components. Over time, debris buildup can lead to clogs that can damage the HVAC system. If you see this sort of buildup, you can wipe it off with a soft cloth or vacuum it away.
Look at the Outdoor Condenser
You should also look at the outdoor unit, or the condenser, as you do your maintenance checks. If a heat pump is a part of your HVAC set up, you should look for any damage or debris. Clear away any sticks, limbs, or leaves that have collected around the condenser. If there is not adequate airflow, the system will not function properly. You can simply hose away any built-up debris on the unit itself. Carefully mow any grass that has grown in the area, or better yet, pull it up by hand. This will prevent the accidental cutting of important wires that connect the outdoor unit and the inside.
If you have any questions about your HVAC or want to have it checked before the big weather change, be sure to call your HVAC technician right away. Contact a company that performs air conditioning maintenance services in order to make sure you're ready.