7 Recommended Pre-Winter Heating & Cooling Services
It is imperative that heating and cooling systems be serviced and thoroughly inspected each year before the cold weather sets in. It is preferable that it be done in early fall, allowing plenty of time for any repairs or replacements that are found to be necessary.
The list of things to include in a heating tune-up will vary according to whether your unit is an indoor or outdoor unit. For an outdoor unit you’ll need to ensure that the following is done:
- Check for restricted drain openings in the base pan and clear out anything that might be blocking the opening.
- Clean and inspect the compressor and the tubing connected to it, checking for any damage.
- Clean the cabinet and coil and do a thorough inspection.
- Check the level of refrigerant and do necessary adjustments.
- Check the control box and all electrical parts thoroughly for worn spots or other damage.
- Cut away any branches or weeds that might be around the unit, leaving plenty of air space.
- Change air filter
For an indoor unit, these steps will need to be followed:
- Carefully inspect the drain pan, evaporator coil and condensate drain lines. If there is a need, clean thoroughly.
- Check the blower assembly which includes blower wheel and motor and housing. Clean each part thoroughly.
- Check for correct operation of the ventilation system.
- Check the flue for any loose sections and for corrosion. Replace parts as necessary.
- Inspect the housing of the combustion blower and clear out any debris that is there.
- Carefully check ductwork for leaks.
- Replace or clean air filters.
Inspecting and tuning up your heating and cooling system is a job for a professional technician who has been trained in that kind of work. Don’t put it off until the snow flies and suddenly you have no heat.
A heating system that isn’t working properly is not only an inconvenience but can also be a safety concern. A tune-up while the temperature is still mild will ensure that your home will stay warm with no unpleasant surprises when the wind is howling and the snow and ice is accumulating.