We changed our clocks last weekend, so this is the week for running through your HVAC maintenance checklist. Taking some time now to check your system can prolong the lifespan of your HVAC system and alert you to potential problems prior to a major malfunction. Use the checklist list below to conduct your walk-through now; if you identify any areas of concern, call Fitch Services for advice. In addition to the checks you can perform below, we do recommend having a professional service your system at least once a year.
- Change your HVAC filter. If you’re not sure how often you need to be changing your filter, make a calendar note to check the filter once a month. Change the filter as soon as it looks like it is dirty enough to reduce airflow. If you aren’t sure which air filter is best, here’s what you need to know: Choosing an HVAC Filter for Your Home
- Clean up and maintain the area around your outdoor heat pump. Trim any bushes that may have grown close to the unit and clear away any grass clippings, leaves, or mulch. Try to keep at least two feet of space clear around the heat pump.
- Check the HVAC vents and air returns. If the vents or returns look dusty, use a vacuum attachment to clean off the dust. Do what you can to ensure your furniture is positioned to allow free flow of air through your house.
- Take a peek at any duct work that you can access. Since this part of a system is often in unfinished attic or basement storage spaces, you don’t see it often. It’s not unheard of that homeowners might push boxes into duct lines in a rush to put away holiday décor or locate an item buried in an attic. Make sure that the duct work hasn’t been compromised and seems to be in good condition and that connections seem tight.
- If you have a programmable thermostat, check the program to ensure that it still suits your family’s daily routine. It’s still cold now, so make a note to do this again when you switch from heat to air conditioning.
- Do a home walk through and pay attention to any changes in your system. Do the drain pans look full? Are there any new noises?
Beyond checking your heating and air conditioning system, this is a good time to run through a more extensive home maintenance checklist as well.
- Clean your range hood filter.
- Vacuum refrigerator coils.
- Verify that your fire extinguisher is accessible, has adequate pressure, and isn’t expired.
- Test your smoke and carbon dioxide detectors. Replace the batteries as needed.
- Look for any signs of visible drainage or leaks around your water heater.
- Check the dryer vent and clean out any accumulated lint.
- Test your GFCI oulets to ensure they function properly to provide shock protection.
Fitch Services offers electrical, plumbing, and HVAC services so call us with any potential issues you identify during your home maintenance checklist.