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4 Fall HVAC Maintenance Tips

Fall is upon us and it’s time to get your HVAC system ready to keep your home warm when overnight temperatures drop. HVAC preventative maintenance ensures your furnace, heat pump or other heating equipment operates correctly and efficiently to keep you comfortable throughout the fall and winter.

Perform these fall HVAC preventative maintenance tips each year to improve comfort, reduce heating bills. You can also extend the service life of your heating equipment!

#1 Fall HVAC Maintenance Tip – Change Your Filters

Furnace filters must be changed on a regular basis so air can properly move through your HVAC system. Over time, filters become clogged with the contaminants they pull out of your air. When a filter is clogged, the heating system works harder to push air through the system.

This uses more energy, which costs you more on your heating bills and places unnecessary stress on system components. This stress potentially leads to breakdowns or a need for a replacement.

The change frequency of your HVAC filter depends on the type of filter you use. Check the manufacturer’s recommendations. Lower quality filters with low MERV ratings need to be replaced monthly, while filters with higher efficiencies can last anywhere from 3 months up to a year!

A general guideline is to check your filter monthly and change it as needed. Most homeowners find every two to three months is sufficient.

At Ray & Son, we caution homeowners if you live with smokers, pets or family members with respiratory conditions, your HVAC filters may need to be changed more often.

You can replace your furnace filter yourself, or leave it to your technician during regular HVAC preventative maintenance visits. If you are unsure how to change your filter or where it is located, ask your technician for help.

We are happy to share our expertise with you, plus you’ll likely need to change the filter before your next scheduled maintenance visit.

#2 Fall HVAC Maintenance Tip – Check Emergency Heat

If you’re new to heat pumps, you may not realize precisely how they work. Unlike an air conditioner or furnace, a heat pump operates all year. It extracts heat from the house in the summer and moves it outside.

During cold weather, it does just the opposite. When temperatures fall, it becomes more difficult to extract heat from the outside air. In this case, your heat pump requires a secondary heating source.

This secondary source is typically located in the indoor unit. During the winter, your heat pump automatically takes from the emergency heat source in order to meet the demand.

As part of your fall HVAC maintenance, you may switch over to emergency heat to check the electric auxiliary heat strips are active.

#3 Fall HVAC Maintenance Tip – Service Agreements

HVAC service agreements are an excellent addition to your fall maintenance routine. With an HVAC maintenance agreement, you receive annual tune-ups for your heating and cooling system.

This ensures proper performance, boosts energy efficiency, prevents breakdowns and extends service life. Ask about our Comfort Club – when you sign up, you receive two tune-ups per year backed by our 90-day repair free and energy savings guarantees!

#4 Fall HVAC Maintenance Tip – Replacement

If your heating system is nearing the end of its service life, replace it before cold weather hits so your home has a safe and reliable heat source this heating season!

Ray & Son offers expert installation of new Carrier heating systems, including furnaces and heat pumps. Don’t wait until you experience a mid-season breakdown to schedule new installation. It may take longer to perform then instead of in the fall.

For HVAC maintenance help this fall, contact Ray & Son today! Our professional HVAC technicians perform the preventative maintenance services you need to keep your heating system running smoothly all season long.