Summer has begun to grow distant for Texans and fall is now in the air. During the fall season, we welcome flavored warm drinks, pumpkin treats, goblins, ghouls, and gobbling eats.
However, one thing that some Dallas homeowners may overlook is the health of their HVAC unit after the heat has tormented it for months. With winter coming on the heels of a short fall season, there are some tips that need to be followed to best prepare your AC to survive until spring.
You may be prepping your pumpkins for Jack-O-Lanterns in October, but you should also get a head start on winterizing your home in preparation for below-zero weather come winter. Some ways to prepare for the winter season include:
- Get a draft snake to stop warm air from leaking out of the house
- Repair weather-stripping on windows
- Clean out the vents
- Continue to routinely change out your air filter
Although these may seem like standard procedures, they may be overlooked during the fall when an AC unit is no longer the key source of comfort.
Get A Maintenance Check-Up on The Calendar
In an effort to prevent emergency AC repairs and replacements of your air conditioning unit, homeowners should still keep up with scheduling a maintenance check-up every 3 to 4 months. During the fall, the check-up needs to be a little more specific and focus on issues like:
- Cleaning the air ducts
- Checking refrigerant
- Test for seal leaks in ducts
- Oil the motors
- Check the accuracy of your thermostat
- Measure the airflow of your unit’s evaporator coils
Turn Up the Heat
In preparation for winter, turning on the heat is key. You want to make sure that your heater works properly in the winter when you are going to need it. Keep in mind that when you turn it on during the fall you will smell a burnt smell. No need to call your local air conditioning repair company for this matter, it is only dust that is resting on the heating parts of your unit. The smell will subside, but remember, if the heat does not come on, get your air conditioning repair company on the phone before it is too late.
Check for Debris Around the Unit
Spring and summer are seasons that promote growth in the surrounding plants and trees in a home’s yard. Unfortunately, this is also the area where your condenser unit also rests and debris can most definitely begin to take formation and disrupt the efficiency of your system as winter approaches.
Take the time this fall to clear out this debris while the air is still tolerable. Your family will thank you for it come wintertime.
Lex Air Conditioning and Heating Will Check Your Unit
If you are a homeowner, sometimes the rush of owning a home and managing your family can leave your AC and heating unit maintenance by the wayside. Call Lex AC and Heating today. We will send one of our licensed team members to your home to ensure that your unit is winter prepared.