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Fall HVAC Maintenance Checklist

by VitalStorm Content on September 6, 2019

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Is your furnace prepared for winter this year? Spring and fall are the perfect seasons to tune-up your HVAC equipment as you use your AC and furnace less often during milder weather.

We recommend scheduling preventative maintenance with a licensed HVAC professional at least twice per year. But there are also some measures you can take at home to improve the efficiency and lengthen the lifespan of your HVAC system.

Here is our official Fall HVAC Maintenance Checklist from the team of technicians at Blue Flame.

1. Change your air filter.

When your air filter gets clogged with dust and debris, your furnace will have to work harder to heat your home. Change out your air filter at least once every 90 days, and always at the start of a new season.

2. Inspect indoor vents and units.

Visually inspect your furnace and vents. If you see anything that doesn’t look quite right, make a note to tell an HVAC technician about it.

3. Inspect outdoor units.

Do the same visual inspection on the outdoor components of your HVAC system. Check for things like dirt on your refrigerant coils, leaks from your heat exchanger, or any other oddities.

4. Test run your furnace.

If you have visually inspected your furnace indoors and outdoors and it looks good to go, it’s time for a test run. Turn on your furnace, and note how long it takes to reach the required temperature. Listen for any odd noises.

5. Adjust your thermostat settings.

While you complete your test run, take this opportunity to pre-program your thermostat settings. You can put your thermostat in energy saving mode, set up vacation mode for any Thanksgiving or Christmas travel plans, and add any other necessary adjustments to your schedule. If your thermostat is still old school and you want to upgrade, check out a few of the best smart thermostats here.

6. Schedule a professional tune-up.

Now that you’ve cleaned up and inspected your HVAC system, it’s time for a professional tune-up. An HVAC technician will inspect, clean, and lubricate all of the internal components of your furnace. This will help it perform its job all winter as efficiently as possible. He will also test your furnace for any potential problems and adjust accordingly. This can be a lifesaver that protects you from expensive repairs during the winter season.

Have you completed your fall HVAC maintenance checklist? Call us at Blue Flame to schedule a tune-up from the pros!

Once you have checked off all the boxes on this DIY maintenance list, be sure to schedule professional fall HVAC maintenance. Your furnace and your wallet will thank you.

Curious about why your HVAC system really needs maintenance? Check out last week’s blog. Interested in a quote for your fall tune-up? Give Blue Flame a call today!

At Blue Flame, we are committed to an exceptional and eco-friendly experience every time you use our heating, air conditioning, and electrical services. Call us at (206) 388-5667 and speak to a member of our team.