Your Ultimate Seasonal HVAC Maintenance Checklist

Friday, December 30th, 2022
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Even the best HVAC systems need regular maintenance to heat and cool your business adequately. Failing to keep up with a routine HVAC maintenance plan will cause your system to lose efficiency and break down prematurely. However, if you follow your preventive maintenance checklist below, your unit should work optimally year-round, no matter the weather.

HVAC Preventative Maintenance for Spring and Summer

The warm spring and summer seasons in Texas can take a toll on your HVAC system. The elevated temperatures often require you to run your unit around the clock, putting immense stress on the heating and cooling systems. Fortunately, performing the following will ensure your HVAC system maintains a comfortable temperature on even the hottest summer days.

  • Clean (or replace if necessary) the air filters
  • Make sure the evaporator and condenser coils are clean
  • Clean the drain lines and clear clogs
  • Replace worn belts and pulleys
  • Clean the unit’s interior and exterior
  • Check the refrigerant tank for leaks
  • Test the thermostat
  • Examine the fan motor
  • Check and test wiring and electrical connections
  • Lubricate moving mechanisms and motor bearings

To enhance the lifespan and efficiency of your HVAC system during the hot Texas spring and summer months, some additional practices can be followed. These often take longer than the steps above.

  • Regular Inspections: Regular inspections of the unit can help identify problems early. Trained technicians can spot issues that might be missed by the inexperienced eye and fix them before they escalate.
  • Thermostat Calibration: Regular calibration of the thermostat ensures that your system is not overworking. It’s necessary for the thermostat to correctly gauge the temperature to maintain
  • optimal cooling.
  • Ductwork Inspection: The ductwork in your business should be checked for leaks, as these will cause the HVAC system to work harder, leading to increased energy usage and bills.

  • Debris Removal: Over time, leaves, twigs, and other forms of debris can accumulate around outdoor AC units. These should be removed to allow for proper airflow.

HVAC Maintenance Checklist for Fall and Winter

The fall and winter seasons bring cooler temperatures to the Texas Panhandle. These maintenance tips will preserve your unit’s efficiency, integrity, and more, keeping your business warm and cozy until warmer temperatures arrive.

  • Replace filters
  • Inspect the HVAC unit’s ignition burner assembly
  • Assess the heater exchanger
  • Inspect the gas furnace for leaks
  • Examine gas pressure
  • Check belts and pulleys
  • Clean drain pans and lines
  • Examine electrical connections
  • Lubricate bearings and motors
  • Check the thermostat
  • Assess ductwork and vents
  • Inspect the heat pump
  • Evaluate the blower operations and fan

The chilly temperatures of fall and winter can exacerbate any existing issues with your HVAC system, making regular maintenance even more crucial during these seasons. Some additional measures can help ensure that your HVAC system functions optimally.

  • Insulating HVAC Components: Proper insulation of HVAC components, especially the pipes, can prevent heat loss and increase the system’s efficiency. This is particularly important during the cold months when any heat loss can significantly impact the system’s ability to heat your business adequately.
  • Changing Thermostat Settings: As the temperatures outside drop, it’s important to adjust your thermostat accordingly. This can help prevent overworking the HVAC system and save on energy costs.
  • Checking for Drafts: Cold drafts around windows and doors can cause heat loss, leading to an overworked HVAC system. Sealing any drafts can help keep warm air inside and reduce strain on your unit.
  • Winterizing Outdoor Units: Outdoor AC units should be properly winterized to protect them from ice and snow, which can cause damage and decrease efficiency. This includes covering the unit and clearing any debris around it.
  • Having good insulation: Good insulation is crucial for maintaining a comfortable temperature in your business during the colder months. It also helps reduce energy costs and puts less strain on your system.

HVAC Maintenance in the Texas Panhandle

Allen’s Tri-State Mechanical is your source for professional HVAC maintenance in the Texas Panhandle. Our experienced commercial HVAC technicians will fix whatever issue your system is having while providing exceptional customer service throughout the process. Give Allen’s Tri-State Mechanical a call at (806) 376-8345 and see what our techs can do for you today!