2022 Fall HVAC Maintenance Checklist

Fall is quickly approaching, and with it comes a myriad of household checks and maintenance. HVAC systems are built to last, but they need a little help along the way to perform at their best. Here in Columbia and throughout mid-Missouri, we all know fall means cooler nights and shorter days, which leads to a change in the settings on  thermostats.

Before heaters get switched on for the cool fall months and colder winter season to come, it’s important to inspect your HVAC system. At MasterTech Plumbing, Heating and Cooling, we perform a full assessment of client HVAC setups in spring and autumn to keep things running efficiently.

Here are some of the checks you can perform yourself as a homeowner before calling in the experts.

HVAC Filters

Filters are a small but important piece in the HVAC puzzle. Filters catch unwanted debris, keeping it from circulating in your home when the air is on. Both air conditioning and heating units use filters to reduce air pollution in your home.

HVAC filters should be changed at least every three months, but it’s especially important before peak seasons like summer and winter to have them changed. Fall is a great time to inspect and change your filter.

Furnace and Thermostat

Thermostats tell you how well your HVAC system is performing. If your furnace isn’t able to meet demands for temperature change, there could be something wrong. A quick check of the thermostat is a great place to begin your furnace inspection.

From the thermostat, you can inspect the furnace itself. Some items to check off your list include:

  • Blue pilot light: A yellow light isn’t burning properly
  • Gas line: Look for leaks or any potential cracks in the line
  • Clean burners: Burners need to be clear of soot and dirt
  • Wiring: Any frayed or disconnected wires are cause for concern

Use all your senses as you inspect your furnace. Strange sounds or smells could indicate trouble. Contact your HVAC specialist if you notice anything out of the ordinary in or around the furnace. Leaving furnace problems for longer than necessary can further damage individual components or the entire furnace. 

MasterTech can also inspect your heating system for a nominal fee if you aren’t a member of a Scheduled Service Plan that includes that service. 

Check Home Detectors

Every home in Columbia should be outfitted with smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. During your fall HVAC check, test each detector to see if it works. Change batteries as needed and wipe clean if detectors have become dirty.

At least one of each detector should be installed on each level of your home. The National Fire Protection Association says there should also be smoke alarms in every bedroom or sleeping area, as well as the basement. Downstairs detectors are necessary even in homes with unfinished basements.

Home Humidifier

If you have a home humidifier, it’s about to get a workout. Cold months tend to be dryer than warm months. Be sure to change or thoroughly clean the water panel (pad) before the autumn season. Replacing the water panel (pad) once per year is highly advised.

Water panels (pad) should be cleaned once every three months, but if you notice more activity in the fall and winter, an extra cleaning doesn’t hurt.


Get in Touch with MasterTech Plumbing, Heating and Cooling for Fall HVAC Servicing Today

If you want to prep your HVAC system for fall, we can help. Our team of experienced HVAC specialists will assess your current setup and help with cleaning and maintenance. Give us a call to make an appointment today.

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