The summer is over, and fall is finally upon us. But just because the weather starts cooling down doesn’t mean that your HVAC system doesn’t still have work to do. You may find yourself using you AC less we move into fall, but remember your HVAC system will be back to work once heater season is upon us. It’s important to inspect your heating system before winter arrives so that you don’t end up being left out in the cold.
Getting Your Heater Ready for Winter
Winter may be a few months off, but it is vital to inspect your heater before the cold weather arrives. Here are some tips for inspecting your heater and checking for signs that you might need an HVAC tune-up or repair before winter comes:
Start up your heating system.
The first thing that you need to do is test your heating unit to make sure it is working properly. You can do this by setting your thermostat to 10 degrees higher than the current temperature of the room. The system should start up in just a few minutes after you have changed the temperature on the thermostat. If it does not start up, you may need repairs before using your heater for the winter.
Listen for sounds and feel for vibrations.
After your heating system has been on for a few minutes, your HVAC unit should not be making any loud noises or vibrating heavily. These are signs that the system is struggling to work, and this could cause wear and tear to the parts. If the sounds or vibrations do not subside, turn off your system and call an HVAC professional to diagnose the issue.
Test your thermostat to make sure it’s registering the right temperature.
Thermostats can wear out and stop working, so it’s important to test them to make sure they are registering the right temperature. Place a traditional thermometer near your thermostat and check that temperatures are reading the same. If they are different, then you may need to replace the thermostat.
Check your air filters, and clean or replace them.
Dirty and clogged filters can cause your heating system to work harder than it needs too, which wastes energy and increases your electric bills. Check and replace or clean your air filters regularly to make sure that your heating system keeps running smoothly.
Inspect the heater’s fan blades, motor and blower shafts.
Turn off the power to your heating system and check to ensure that the heater’s fan blades, motor, and blower shafts are clean and lubricated. Keeping your heating system cleaned and oiled will help it run more efficiently and prevent unnecessary repairs. If you cannot access these parts, call an HVAC professional to inspect and clean these elements for you.
If you notice any signs of trouble with your HVAC unit or think you might need a tune-up before winter, now is the time to contact your local Bryant heating and cooling expert to make sure you’re ready for cold weather season.