Summer is nearing its climax, so you know what that means! It’s time to prepare your HVAC unit for the fall season. Prepping a unit may be confusing for first timers. But don’t worry! We’ve compiled everything you need to know on how to prep your HVAC for fall. Keep reading to learn a few tips to help you get started.
Check on Your Air FiltersOver time, your air filter can become filthy and clogged, which can cause your HVAC system to malfunction. For example, a clogged air filter can prevent your system from properly cooling or heating your home. Furthermore, it can also cause health issues such as allergic reactions and asthma attacks because of the contaminants it’s blowing out. To prevent these issues from happening, make sure to change your air filters regularly.
Perform Regular MaintenanceNot only does routine HVAC maintenance ensure that it’s always running at its full potential, it also extends the unit’s life. However, unless you have the knowledge, you’ll need to hire an HVAC professional to perform the maintenance. Of course, there are ways you can maintain your unit without a professional such as checking for leaks, changing the drain pan and making sure it’s blowing right.
Clean Your Outdoor UnitDo you have an outdoor unit? If so, you’ll need to be extra diligent in maintaining it. Outdoor units are more susceptible to damage and blockage due to all the debris surrounding it. If there’s too much debris, you may not be getting the proper air flow. If too much dirt or leaves get caught in the coils, you’re going to have a massive repair bill. So, to eliminate the need of calling an HVAC professional, make sure to clear out all the debris.
Upgrade Your UnitMany HVAC professionals say that the best time to upgrade your unit is during the fall season. This is because contractors are less busy than they are during the summer, so upgrading your unit will be easier and cheaper. There’s a surefire way to know if you need to replace your unit and it’s called the 5000 rule. Here’s how this method works; multiply the age of your unit by an estimated cost of repair. If the cost is $5,000 or higher, then it’s cheaper to replace your system. If it’s under $5,000, then simply go with repairs. If your HVAC is malfunctioning, we're here to help! Give us a call today at (763) 225-2729 and we’ll make sure your unit is ready for the fall season!