With the first chills of fall in the air this month, you’re probably thinking about when you’ll kick on the heat for the first time this year—or maybe you already have! The best time of year to inspect your heating is in the fall before harsh weather hits and your heat is necessary. That’s why now is the perfect time to discuss when you should repair or update your HVAC system with Wyckoff. 

When Should I Have My HVAC Unit Serviced?

Your HVAC unit should be inspected, cleaned, and serviced at least once a year—no matter the brand or how old it is. But the even better option is to have your heating checked in the fall and your air conditioning checked in the spring. This way, you’re prepared for dropping or skyrocketing weather before it happens. 

These routine maintenance appointments will notify you of any issues with your unit so that you can make the necessary repairs or updates right when you need them. Some of the services performed at a regular inspection include:

  • Cleaning or replacing air filters
  • Cleaning the coils
  • An overall visual inspection

When Should I Repair My HVAC System?

If your HVAC system is in need of repair, the best times of year to have it done are early spring or early fall. Sometime in September or October, turn your heat on to perform a “test run.” Some telltale signs that you’ll want to schedule a repair before winter are:

  • Your home isn’t getting warm enough
  • The heater is making weird noises
  • Your air ducts or home is becoming noticeably dusty
  • The carbon monoxide detector has been set off
  • Your home/the air has a fowl smell

When Should I Update My HVAC System?

When repairs aren’t enough to keep your family warm this winter, it’s time to make an upgrade. As mentioned, it’s best to handle updates and replacements ahead of time so you’re not scrambling to replace a broken HVAC unit in the middle of a freezing Iowa winter. Additionally, these months are the off-season for heating and cooling technicians, so you likely won’t have to wait as long for your unit to get the update it needs.  

Beyond the symptoms listed above, if your HVAC unit is older than 10-15 years, an update should be on your radar because that is the standard lifespan of most units!  

Get Ready for Winter with Wyckoff

As much as many of us wish that autumn weather would last forever, the reality that every Iowan knows is that winter has a way of sneaking up on us faster than we’d like. Stay on top of your HVAC repairs and updates well before the first snowfall of the year to keep everyone in your home comfortable and cozy. Don’t wait any longer to give us a call for your inspection, repair, or HVAC replacement!