Residential air conditioning units are rugged, capable of handling some of the worst that Winnipeg has to throw at them. But they are also high-tech devices that need regular maintenance and tuning to ensure they keep running the way they are supposed to. One of the best times to maintain your AC is in the autumn, as the cooling season draws to a close and the heating season begins.
Fall is upon us and Winnipeg’s air conditioning season has come to an end. This is an ideal time to take a few preventative maintenance steps that help ensure your AC starts smoothly when you start it up in the spring.
Clean and Protect Your Condenser
The A/C’s Condenser is the exterior part of your HVAC system. Although it is a tough piece of machinery you should be careful to make its job easier by keeping the area around it free of debris such as fallen leaves and clear of gardening tools, patio furniture and children’s toys.
As you switch your air conditioning system off for the season, give it a clean. Always begin by turning off the power on the shutoff box. Next, use an ordinary garden hose to clean off your unit. Do NOT use a pressure washer to clean your air conditioner as this could damage the aluminum fins and you will have to replace them. This simple cleaning will remove a lot of the dust, grass and dirt that has built up all summer and into the Fall.
If you have a winter cover now is the time to use it. Leave yourself a reminder for Spring to be sure to take it off before you start you’re A/C.
Open Your Dampers
If you have a humidifier, the bypass damper should now be opened for the heating season.
In order to heat your house, you need to open any duct dampers that may have been closed for the summer.
The levers for your dampers are located where your furnace ducts lead out of your furnace.
To open your dampers , make sure the lever at the base of your duct trunk is pointing in the direction that the duct travels. (If you want to close them, move the lever across the direction of travel.) Always make sure the registers in every room are open. Heating or cooling a house with blocked or closed registers compromises your system’s integrity.
Check your Thermostat Settings
As you switch your home over from cooling to heating, make sure to change the settings on your thermostat as well! This is essential to ensuring your HVAC system is performing the right task.
If your furnace air conditioning system is acting up, or if you want to schedule an end of season maintenance, you can always contact Tradesman, we’re always happy to help, offering Winnipeg’s best emergency service, 24/7 with Furnace tune-ups in September and October. We can identify any issues your system may have and recommend the necessary maintenance or repairs that will ensure you get the most out of your Heating and Air Conditioning System.
Clean or change your Air Filter
Finally, make sure to wash or replace your furnace air filter every two or three months.
We recommend keeping one or more spares on hand for those busy times when you might forget to pick one up.
These simple tips can help you avoid expensive repair bills down the road by preventing problems before they arise. By avoiding heating air conditioning breakdowns, you can spend your hard-earned money on things that matter more to you in the long run.
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