Surely you understand that HVAC preventative maintenance is the key to having a well-managed facility that does not waste energy, cause unnecessary repairs, and drive up your overall costs. However, what you may not realize is that HVAC maintenance requirements and guidelines can change depending on the season. In this post, I’ll break down a few simple ways to keep your system running efficiently during each season.

HVAC Yearly Maintenance

Before diving into the most valuable things you can do to maintain your HVAC system in the spring, summer, fall, and winter, it’s worth emphasizing that there are a few things that can be done year-round.

Keep the Area Tidy

From landscaping to snow removal, the area around your external equipment should be kept free of debris. Whether your AC unit is covered at its base with new mulch in the spring, surrounded by overgrown shrubs in the summer, clogged with leaves in the fall, or totally covered by snow in the winter, taking the time to clear the area will pay dividends down the line. As a general rule, you should try to enforce a three-feet contaminant-free zone around your units whenever possible.

Keep a Keen Eye Out

No one is expecting you to know everything to look out for on your indoor or outdoor units, but even a brief visual inspection every so often can mitigate issues in the future. Dirty condensing coils or damaged fins on a fan are easy to notice and require professional help. It is always easier to fix an issue before it balloons into a full-blown repair project. Beyond the visuals, pay attention to the sound your unit is making while it runs. If you hear rattling, excess vibration, screeching, or anything that sounds unusual, it’s time to call a professional to check it out.

Perform Quarterly Maintenance

There are a few additional maintenance tasks you can do on your own to maximize the life of your system.

Check and Change Your Air Filters – Your air filters should be changed every three months. Period. This has two primary effects. First, your system will be able to maintain the proper level of airflow. Every element of your system is precisely balanced to work together, so proper airflow levels are essential for efficient function. Second, clean filters help maintain a high degree of indoor air quality. Indoor air can be as or more polluted as outdoor air, and changing filters is a simple step to keep everyone inside healthy.

Maintain Control – Whether your facility operates off of simple thermostats or precise control systems, ensure that they are set appropriately for whatever season you are in. This may seem self-evident, but many businesses are wasting money by having their AC and heating systems working harder than they should be.

Year-round HVAC maintenance is a key part of ensuring that your utility bills remain manageable and that you mitigate future repair costs.

Seasonal HVAC Maintenance

As Things Get Cooler

There are areas of maintenance that you can do yourself, and then there is all the rest. Preparing your system and building for winter is one area that requires professional help. As fall arrives and the weather starts to cool down, having a professional inspect the state of your heating system—electrical connections, condensate drain, exhaust outlets, fuel lines, burners, and more—is critical to ensuring your system is not only operating efficiently, but that it’s also operating safely.

As you begin to seal up windows until the spring comes, take some time to ensure that your systems that monitor carbon monoxide are functioning correctly. These are simple to test yourself and should be replaced every five years.

Finally, do not let ice accumulate in or on your systems. Do what you can to remove it, but if buildup becomes too great, call a professional.

Emerging From Hibernation

Just like your heating systems in the cooler months, having a professional come out to take some extra care of your AC equipment can keep your systems running safely and efficiently. Refrigerant levels, blower systems, electrical connections, and more can all be inspected, repaired, or replaced.

Preventative Annual HVAC Maintenance.

One clear cut way to keep your system running correctly is to start an annual HVAC maintenance program with a professional HVAC provider like Service Unlimited. You have enough on your plate managing a facility or running your business without keeping your HVAC system at the top of your mind. 

Give us a call today and we’ll have your system prepared for the coming winter in no time.