Essential End Of Summer HVAC Maintenance

After spending several months doing everything you can to stay cool, once summer starts to draw to a close, it's time to start preparing for the next temperature extreme. Doing so will demand that you give some attention to your HVAC system, to ensure that the stress it's endured during the summer has not had lingering effects. It's a good idea to involve an HVAC professional at some point, as several components will be hard to access and may need repaired or replaced.

Inspecting Your Heat Pump

The heart of your HVAC system is the heat pump, the appliance inside your home responsible for exchanging hot and cold air. This is where all the action takes place and where any maintenance should start. At the very least, you'll want to do a thorough cleaning of the internals, to make sure everything is in top shape at the end of the summer season.

Condensers, responsible for much of the work done in the summer, should be cleaned along with heating coils. Fan motors should be inspected for problems, and fan blades should be cleaned of debris that will have built up over the previous year. This will improve airflow, ensure that heating and cooling is unimpeded, and generally reduce the amount of energy expended in the process.

Clean Ducts Make for Clean Air

In addition to inspecting and cleaning your heat pump, the air ducts delivering heating and cooling should be checked for debris that may have built up. Anything in your ducts will end up in your lungs, so it's worth taking the time to clean them out. It's also a good time to check for any gaps, holes or tears in the ductwork and insulation, to make sure you're not paying to heat and cool your attic or crawlspace.

Cleaning can be done using a telescoping brush that most HVAC contractors will have, but the inspection may require a bit more specialization. This will require the use of a fiber-optic camera, used to check each trunk line, and each duct to ensure that nothing is damaged. Repairing your ducts isn't normally a costly operation, but not fixing the problem can cost you dearly in the form of wasted energy.

Don't put off until the last moment what you can do tomorrow, including the basic maintenance of your HVAC system's components. Hire a professional like Metro Air, even if you feel comfortable crawling around in small spaces to check things yourself. Chances are, they'll find things that you wouldn't think to look for.