Autumn is a season that brings a lot of joy to everyone in Portland. The air becomes crisp and the leaves start to turn color. However, with the temperature changes, it’s time to start taking care of your home’s heating and cooling system. Most homeowners tend to pay more attention to their HVAC system during the summer months, but it’s equally important to prepare for the colder months too. Here are the most common HVAC problems this season and how you can save yourself the hassle and headache all season long.
1. Clogged air filters
It’s essential to have clean air filters all year round, but it’s especially important during the fall. When you’re not using your HVAC system as much during the summer, the air filters collect more dust. Clogged air filters can reduce the airflow, which makes your system work harder, leading to higher energy bills, and even system failure. To avoid this, make sure to replace your air filters every two to three months. If you’re allergic to dust, it’s wise to change them more frequently.
2. Thermostat issues
The thermostat serves as the control center for your HVAC. When it’s not working correctly, it can cause a lot of problems. You may notice your system is not turning on or off when it should and may not heat your home correctly. Oftentimes, you can solve the issue by replacing the batteries. If that doesn’t work, it’s best to call a Heat Relief professional to take a closer look.
3. Dirty outdoor unit
Outdoor units tend to attract leaves, dirt, and debris during the fall season. If the unit becomes too clogged, it can restrict airflow to your heating and cooling systems, leading to inefficient performance. To prevent this issue, make sure to inspect your outdoor unit regularly and clean it out. If it’s heavily clogged, consider calling a professional to handle the cleanup safely.
5. Short cycling
Short cycling is a phenomenon where a system turns on and off too frequently. This can be caused by a malfunctioning thermostat, low refrigerant levels, or dirty air filters. It increases your energy bills and puts extra stress on your system, which can cause it to break down even faster. Regular maintenance can help prevent short cycling, and if it continues, it’s best to have it checked by an HVAC professional.
Fall is a beautiful season, but it can also bring so many problems to your HVAC system. A system breakdown is not only inconvenient but also can be costly to repair. The key is to pay attention, regularly maintain, and take preventative steps to avoid common HVAC issues in the fall. If you’re not sure what to do, give us a call at (503) 877-1713 to help keep your home warm, comfortable, and stress-free.