As the seasons begin to change, you will notice that the air is beginning to cool. That means that you have to prep your home’s air conditioning for this cooler season. Check out these HVAC maintenance tips to prep your AC for the fall from Green Apple Mechanical & Plumbing.
Maintenance Tips to Prep Your AC for the Fall
Winterize the heating and cooling system. It’s best to get a head start on winterizing your home before the temperature drops below zero.
- Invest in draft snakes to prevent warm air from seeping out and vice versa.
- Re-caulk gaps and repair weather-stripping on windows, piping to save money on heating.
- Change the air filter to alleviate autumn allergens and pathogens.
- Call an expert to clean vents.
- Run fans clockwise to reduce heating costs.
- Lower the temperature of the water heater to around 170 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Insulate pipes.
Schedule an HVAC maintenance check-up. To avoid emergencies and costly, unexpected repairs and replacements, this call should be made seasonally (every 3 to 4 months). You must prep your AC for the fall. For the fall, you should arrange for a Green Apple Mechanical professional to perform the following tasks on the central system as part of a tune-up service:
- Clean air ducts.
- Check for the correct amount of refrigerant.
- Test for and seal leaks in ducts.
- Measure the evaporator coil’s airflow.
- Verify correct electric control sequence.
- Inspect electric terminals, and clean and tighten connections.
- Oil motors, and check belts for tightness and wear.
- Check the thermostat’s accuracy.
Change your thermostat settings. When you change your clocks, change the temperature settings on your air conditioner’s thermostat, too. With cooler temperatures, you should increase or decrease the temperature based on your comfort.
Run the heat. The first time you turn on the heat for the fall, it’ll smell. Usually, that burnt smell is dust that’s settled on the heating components over the last few months of being stagnant. It’ll go away quickly, and if the heat doesn’t come on, call a Green Apple Mechanical NJ professional.
Clean or replace your air conditioning unit’s air filter. Regularly clean and/or replace your air conditioning unit’s air filters about once a month (and always during the change of season). This routine cuts down on allergens and pathogens in your home and reduces your energy bill by 5 to 15 percent.
Remove natural debris from around the condenser unit. By the end of summer, dirt, grime, weeds, and leaves build up around the condenser unit. This can potentially disrupt clean airflow and hinder the efficiency of your HVAC system during cold weather.
Use a hose to remove all natural debris and clip overgrown grass. You should also rake any grass clippings, leaves, or weeds.
Clean your unit’s coils. The air conditioner’s evaporator coil and condenser coil collect dirt over the summer months from your lawnmower (and through the fall as the leaves change). This dirt reduces airflow and can cause your A/C unit to absorb heat. Clean the exterior area around the coils, and remove any debris.
Shut off the unit’s power. Shutting off the unit’s power averts any risk of condenser damage if someone accidentally switches the setting to “cool” during the fall. Look for a shut-off box on the exterior wall near your condenser unit and flip the switch inside. If you have noticed an issue with your unit power box, you will need to consult with a professional such as an electrician to see how this can be sorted out safely without the worry of changing out your system.
Tip: Next spring, don’t forget to turn the power back on 24 hours prior to using the A/C unit.
Add extra insulation. Use foam pipe covers around the air conditioning unit’s exposed pipes and wiring, particularly those that go into your home. You can also use duct tape to keep the foam insulation in place and to stop your pipes from freezing and cracking.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding any of your HVAC or plumbing needs call Green Apple toll-free @888-611-7191. Green Apple Mechanical NJ are the experts you can trust. We have been serving the New Jersey area for years with professionalism and expertise. Customer service and care are always our number one priority.