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Preparing For Colder Weather

That chill in the air means its about time to switch over your air conditioning to heat for the next couple of months.

Here are a few things you can do to make sure your comfort level is right where it needs to be – warm and cozy!

Thermostat check: Set the temperature up a couple of degrees and switch the setting from cool to heat. If you don’t hear the heat kick on within one minute, remove the cover and check if all the wire connections are secure. If you don’t feel safe doing this, don’t hesitate to contact a professional.

If all connections are secure and the heat still won’t kick on, make sure the power source to your unit is turned on. After that, if there is still no heat, you can check the furnace fan, blower or heat pump, but odds are you are now in a position where a technician should be contacted.

Change the air filters: We’re all guilty of not changing the filters as often as we should. But the change from cooling to heating is a perfect time for a new filter. Filters in general should be changed at a minimum of every two months – more frequently than that if you have pets. Filters keep unwanted particles from invading your air flow and add life to your HVAC system. While, you are changing your filter for your heating system, it might be a great time to change your humidifier filter as well.

Cover the AC condenser: Unless your HVAC unit also works as a heat pump, it’s a good idea to cover your outdoor condenser to prevent damage during colder weather when it is inactive. Something as simple as a wood board can work as a cover or even a large waste can lid. Just don’t wrap the condenser in something like a tarp which will trap moisture in the condenser. Your primary reason for providing a cover is to protect it from items such as heavy icicles.

Clean the heat exchanger: It’s recommended that the exchanger is brushed, vacuumed and cleaned out at least once a year by a trained technician.

Clean the blower motor: You may have a motor that also needs lubrication. If so, make sure the power is off, remove the cover and clean the caps covering the bearings before removing the caps and providing a lubricant to the actual bearings.

McAtee Plumbing, Heating and Cooling provides reliable service to six different states. Contact us today if you need help getting your HVAC unit ready for the cold weather.

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