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Change of Seasons: Time for
Fall HVAC Maintenance

Cold Home-Boiler Troubles

Proper care of your HVAC system is vital for ensuring you have a warm and comfortable home throughout the winter. Changing your air filter regularly is one of the best things you can do to keep your system working smoothly and safely. But to maximize efficiency, lower your energy use and extend the life of your system for as long as possible, you should schedule a professional fall HVAC maintenance appointment. Learn more about what happens during a heating system’s tune-up, and discover why each step is so important.

Fall HVAC Maintenance Checklist

The U.S. Department of Energy advises scheduling your fall HVAC maintenance appointments during the early fall to make sure you are prepared before the arrival of the first frost. Note that the same principles apply to your cooling system – a tuneup should be scheduled before the first heat wave. A professional contractor will typically perform the following tasks during your fall maintenance appointment:

  1. Thermostat settings: The heating schedule on the thermostat is checked to make sure it’s programmed to keep your home comfortable when you’re there, and that it goes into energy-savings mode while you’re away from home or asleep.
  2. System controls: All controls for the system are examined to ensure they work properly and safely. Your contractor will determine if the system’s operating cycle is functioning as intended (starts, runs and turns off).
  3. Electrical connections: The voltage and current on the motors are measured, and all of the electrical connections are tightened. This is done to ensure safe and proper operation of the electrical components.
  4. Moving parts: Every moving part gets lubricated to prevent friction, which increases energy use.
  5. Condensate drain: Your contractor makes sure there’s nothing clogging the drain, as obstructions can cause water damage and unhealthy humidity levels.
  6. Exhaust outlets: Your contractor inspects the exhaust system to ensure carbon monoxide or other harmful gases are not building up.
  7. Burners, heat exchangers, fuel line and connections: Each is checked to make sure they’re in safe and proper working order.

For more information on fall HVAC maintenance for your Waldorf or southern Maryland home, or to schedule your appointment, please contact us at Tri-Country Aire anytime.

 

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