How to Get Your HVAC System Ready for Fall

Pierce Refrigeration gives homeowners tips on HVAC maintenance to have their heating system ready for fall weather.

With temperatures just starting to get cooler, we are often tempted to put off necessary HVAC maintenance for the changing of seasons as we enjoy the final moments of summer. However, when it comes to HVAC prep, the steps to ensure your heating system will be ready when you need it are not too extensive. We have compiled a list, so you are ready when the temperatures drop. 


The best time to get a new heating system is before winter arrives. If your system is old, replacing it can often be the less expensive option long-term. If you think it might be time to get a new system (especially if your system is older than 15 years), contact a professional HVAC technician.

HVAC Maintenance: 

Regular maintenance is a crucial factor in preventing breakdowns and increasing the lifespan of your HVAC system. Ready to schedule your fall maintenance appointment? Contact us now! It’s always best to get a date on the books before our calendar gets filled up. Ask us about service plans, to receive high-priority service, reduced equipment prices and personalized customer service. 

Regular HVAC maintenance on your heating and cooling system prevents breakdowns and prolongs the unit's lifespan.

Change your Filter: 

If you hire Pierce Refrigeration to do your maintenance, you can skip this step. We will replace the filter for you. However, any HVAC system with a dirty air filter will run inefficiently, reduce the heat in your home, increase utility bills, and likely cause more malfunctions and the need for repairs. A clean filter should be a top priority!

Seal leaks: 

When air is leaking through cracks or poorly insulated windows and doors, it decreases your unit’s efficiency and effectiveness. Taking the time to properly insulate your home can lower heating bills by keeping warm air in and cold air out.

Taking the time to properly insulate your home can lower heating bills by keeping warm air in and cold air out.


When the seasons change, it is a good reminder to spend some time cleaning your ducts, vents, and outdoor units. If you have a forced air system,  remove air vent covers, wipe them down, and then take a vacuum hose to the ductwork. Additionally, if you have a heat pump, wiping down the outside unit and keeping it free from dirt and debris can help extend the lifespan of your system. 

System test runs: 

Trying out your system on a colder day in early fall will allow you to catch many problems ahead of time. It can also take a little time for the burners and blowers to warm up after being inactive all summer.

Fall is a great time to get organized for winter. If you want to learn more about ways to improve your comfort, and health (while also saving money), read about investing in a smart or programmable thermostat or about getting an indoor air quality test to ensure you and your family are breathing healthy air.

If your question isn’t answered here, contact the Pierce Refrigeration team, and one of our experts will guide you in finding your solution.

Need 24-7 emergency service? Looking for advice on improving your everyday air quality and comfort at home and work? Contact the friendly staff at Pierce Refrigeration at 800-696-1088 or

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