1/2 Way Through September Already!!

Can you believe that fall is right around the corner? If your goal is to keep your home comfortable through the season changes and your HVAC equipment working in peak operating condition, you need to make sure to schedule a fall maintenance. Just like changing your oil or rotating your tires on your car, it is important to have a seasonal check to ensure your system is prepared to function successfully and efficiently.

A seasonal system check-up cover a long list of maintenance tasks. A professional HVAC technician should cover these tasks:

Check Thermostat – This ensures that it is functioning properly. If you do not have a programmable thermostat, your technician may recommend making the upgrade. This will help maximize your system s efficiency and save you money.

Inspect Electrical Connections – Faulty electrical connections and incorrect voltage affect the equipment’s efficiency and safe operation, and increase the risk of a component failure.

Lubricating All Moving Parts – A lack of lubrication on moving parts like fans and motors leaves them vulnerable to friction which can result in significant damage. Not only does friction decrease efficiency, can cause increased wear and increase the risk of fire.

Cleaning the Condensate Drain – If dirt builds up and blocks the condensate drain, indoor humidity levels will rise, water damage may occur and bacteria, mold and mildew can flourish.

Testing the Start-up, Shutdown and Safety Controls – Checking these functions that all the system will run safely and is operating correctly.

Inspecting the Exhaust Vents – Checking the systems chimney or vent stack for leaks, corrosion and back drafting is vital to prevent buildup of exhaust fumes such as deadly carbon dioxide.

Checking the Heat Exchangers, Burners, and Fuel Lines/Connections – Dirty burners, fuel leaks, and damaged heat exchangers impact energy efficiency and pose a serious safety risk.

Cleaning or Replacing the Air Filter – In between professional tune-ups, check and clean/replace the filter monthly to keep the HVAC system operating efficiently and prolong the equipment’s service life.

To learn more about the importance of preventative care, or to schedule a fall HVAC maintenance visit, contact us at Apollo Heating and Air Conditioning. Call us at 509-987-1500 or schedule on line by clicking here.