While many people are starting to think of the upcoming fall and winter months, the temperatures outside may not be very “cool” just yet. As a homeowner, thinking about turning your furnace or boiler on right now may be one of the furthest things from your mind. Additionally, scheduling an appointment for end of season AC maintenance may also be something that you haven’t thought about.
Unfortunately, a lot of homeowners don’t realize the importance of scheduling maintenance work at the end of the summer, but doing so actually has many benefits for your home’s cooling system, and for your indoor air quality. End of season air conditioner maintenance is a great opportunity for a local, pre-qualified, independent technician to take care of any problems that may have happened during the summer with your AC, and it’s a great way to get the unit ready for the upcoming cold months.
During your maintenance check, the condensate pan will need to be drained. This pan’s main function is to collect the evaporation from the AC’s cooling process. Also, drain lines running to the unit will need to be emptied and cleared out so that they don’t freeze during the winter months. Evaporator coils, the condenser unit and fins will also need to be looked at to make sure they are in good condition.
Additionally, the air filter to your system will need to be changed during the maintenance check. This can help to save you a step come next spring when it’s time to turn the unit on again to cool your family’s home. However, if your heating and cooling systems all make use of the same air filter, it will be even more important to make sure that you are getting the filter changed now before you turn the furnace or boiler on to warm up your home. This will help to ensure that your family isn’t breathing in dusty, germy air.
These steps can help you to get the most out of your cooling system for the remainder of the season, and your home will be ready for the warm weather when it returns next spring.