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HVAC Maintenance Checklist for Fall

A man completing maintenance for Black Bear Fuel Oil, Plumbing, Heating and AC in Harris, NYBefore the full force of winter arrives, it’s a good idea to perform HVAC maintenance and ensure the system is in proper working order. This is true for both homes and businesses. Here’s what needs to be done.

Perform a Full Inspection

A complete inspection of both outdoor and indoor units is a great place to start. At a minimum, a thorough examination should be done of the following:

  • All control box or panel parts, including miscellaneous electronics, for wear and damage
  • Any compressors, motors, fans, blades, and blower and burner assemblies, along with associated tubing
  • The flue system, including where it connects to the furnace
  • Heating elements and heat exchanger
  • Ignition system and safety features

It’s best to contact a professional HVAC maintenance specialist who knows the intricacies of different types of systems and is familiar with weather extremes that are common to the Sullivan County area. A heating system repair specialist can conduct a full inspection and then clean, fix, and maintain the various components so that the system works well all winter long and into next spring.

Clean & Lubricate Integral Components

To extend the life of a heating and cooling system, it’s important to keep key components clean and lubricated. Clearing away dirt and debris keeps a system functioning more efficiently. Lubricating blades and motors helps to ensure that these assemblies run smoothly and don’t make any unpleasant or disruptive noises. A professional HVAC repair technician can take care of these important tasks for homeowners and business owners alike.

Always Check for Additional Maintenance

Every unit is different and will require a trained eye to inspect and determine what additional repairs may be needed. For example, a fan belt may have to be replaced, or specific parts may need to be adjusted. Metal pieces can corrode and wear out, and plastics can crack, requiring replacement. Of course, air filters must regularly be changed, and gas furnaces need to be checked for gas leaks.

Reach out to Black Bear Fuel Oil for a Professional Inspection

Don’t leave HVAC maintenance and repair to the amateurs. For best results, get professional help each fall to ensure your system functions safely and efficiently throughout its lifetime. The HVAC specialists at Black Bear Fuel Oil can also offer usage tips for greater energy efficiency and monthly savings on utility bills. Contact us today to schedule an inspection and make sure your system is ready for winter.