It is that time of year again. The birds are singing, the days are getting longer and sweaters are being replaced with sunglasses. With the change in season comes the need to prepare your heating and cooling system for the transition. Winters in Ohio make heaters work hard. It is important to maintain and service them at the end of the season and to prepare your HVAC system for spring.
Steps to Take to Prepare Your Systems
By performing a quick inspection of your unit and filters, you can be prepared and ready to call for a service check or a repair. Begin by replacing your air filters. It’s usually a good idea to change out your filters once a month to capture any dirt, dust, and dander that may otherwise be left circulating through the air in your home. A clogged filter can cause your unit to work harder and can compromise the quality of your air.
While programmable thermostats offer homeowners the convenience and control of the air temperature from any phone or wireless device, sometimes, they can get out of sync with your unit. If your set temperature is different from the actual temperature, it is time to contact us to schedule a service call. Fixes are usually quick and easy and may involve things like relocating your thermostat to provide more accurate readings.
There are some other very important considerations to make when the seasons change. Start by doing a little homework and taking your HVAC system on a test run. To do this, reduce your thermostat temperature slightly and focus on the operation of the system. Do you notice any noises, odor, or debris coming from the unit? Does the air stop during the heating cycle? Is the indoor air reaching the desired temperature?
Take note of any vents that may be closed. Write down all of the details that you notice and provide those to your maintenance technician when you schedule your annual tune-up visit.
Be prepared to share any relevant details with your technicians such as higher utility bills than you’re used to, inconsistent temperatures in the home, low airflow, or problems with your pilot lights. These problems are an indication that something needs to be repaired or replaced. It is always easier and more convenient to repair any issues early on so that you won’t be caught in the cold when winter rolls back around.
Next, switch the unit to the “cool” or “spring” setting and let the system run for a short cycle.
HVAC Pros Near You
Once you have performed the test run of your system and identified any problems, give us a call to schedule your annual springtime AC tune-up. At Hearn Plumbing Heating & Air, our professional HVAC technicians are trained to service, repair, or replace all kinds of heating and cooling systems. We’ll make sure your HVAC system is completely ready for anything that the season may bring!