You may find yourself searching for “HVAC Medford Oregon” when faced with unexpected issues with your home’s heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system at any time of the year. But HVAC woes in winter can be especially annoying since opening the windows for temporary relief is not an option. Fortunately, there are some steps you can take as winter draws near to reduce your odds of needing urgent heating and air repair at the worst possible time.
1. Change Your Filter
The filter that blocks impurities from the air when you need heat is doing the same thing when your home is being cooled. So, as you get ready to transition between seasons, take a moment to check your HVAC filter to see if it needs to be cleaned or changed.
As for the type of filter to use, washable air filters tend to be better at blocking dust and other large particles. Disposable air filters, on the other hand, are better at keeping smaller particles, like pet dander, smoke, and bacteria and viruses from being circulated throughout your home.
Get into the habit of checking your HVAC filter at least once a month. If you continuously use your heating and cooling system, disposable filters should be changed every 3-4 months, not just once a year before winter weather arrives.
2. Turn Your Furnace On While It’s Still Warm Out
The last thing you want to do is switch from AC to heat on the first cold day of the year in Medford and find out your home isn’t getting any warmer! Avoid this surprise by testing your furnace when it’s still warm outside. When you do run your heater, pay attention to such things as:
• How the cycles run
• Any strange noises you might hear
• The quality of the air coming from the vents
3. Check Your Thermostat’s Accuracy
Your thermostat is what controls when your HVAC system runs. If it’s not accurate, you may end up with heating cycles that are too long or too short when you want to keep your home warm. A simple way to do this is to use an indoor thermometer. See what temperature you get and check to see if it matches what your HVAC thermostat is displaying.
4. Do a Visual Inspection Around Your HVAC Components
Only professional technicians should check out the inside of your HVAC system and its various components. However, you can take some time to look on the outside of your for things like pooled water or signs of rusted metal parts. Also, remove anything that may be too close to your unit. Too much clutter around your furnace can also reduce airflow and contribute to inefficient operations. With the external components, look for dirt and debris, such as stray leaves, that may be clogging your unit and preventing it from operating efficiently.
5. Cover the AC Condenser
If you have a heat pump, you don’t need to worry about this. But if you have an AC condenser, cover it up when you are done using it for the year before you switch to using your furnace. This will protect it from leaves, snow, and ice during the colder months – and prevent unpleasant surprises when it comes time to turn your AC back on in the spring!
Avoid using a tarp, though. You don’t want anything that’s going to trap moisture inside of your condenser and produce rust. Instead, use a piece of plywood to cover it up for the winter. Wrapping up your condenser with plastic or tarp also attracts rodents looking for a dry winter home, which could result in gnawed and damaged wiring!
6. Schedule a Professional Inspection and Tuneup
The heat exchanger, the pilot assembly, the gas line, and the flush pipe are just some of the many internal HVAC parts that should be checked and inspected by a professional. An HVAC technician can also check your vents and other parts of your system to make sure everything is ready for the switch from cooling to heating. A late summer/fall heating and cooling system inspection typically involves:
• Cleaning the condenser and evaporator coils
• Inspecting the ducts for dust, debris, and signs of mold
• Observing humidity levels in your home
• Checking blowers, fans, and blades
• Lubricating motors bearings and other movable parts
Many of the tips discussed above can also reduce your risk of having to need emergency air conditioning repair in Medford when the warmer months return. Contact us today to learn more about our HVAC services.