Do AC Units Need Fall HVAC Maintenance?

Aug 10, 2021

Are There Any Benefits to Fall HVAC Maintenance?

As the summer season soon comes to a close and relatively cooler air prevails, we will turn off, or at least greatly lessen our use of, the A/C unit. And just as it was important to maintenance your HVAC unit before the onset of summer, it is just as necessary to service your A/C unit to ensure it still operates well.

During the summer, your air conditioning system operates a lot of hours and works hard to keep your home or office building cool and comfortable. It works overtime to condition the air and extract the humidity from the air. Because of this you want to have an experienced certified technician from Apollo come and service your A/C unit to remove contaminants and air-borne pollutants before you finish usage for the year.

Benefits of An End-of-Season Maintenance for Your A/C Unit

There are many reasons that having an Apollo technician service your air conditioning unit at the conclusion of summer will be beneficial to you. For example, preventing future mechanical problems is a huge advantage of this seasonal maintenance.

Here are the main reasons why you want to have your A/C unit serviced at the end of the summer:

Ensures a More Efficient Operation for Next Summer

When you go to turn on your A/C unit next summer, you would like to pay as little money as possible and get the most cooling for your home or office. Having a maintenance service done to your unit is one of the best ways to ensure your HVAC is as energy efficient as possible.

Discover Problems to Prevent Future Mechanical Issues with Your A/C Unit

As a result of operating your HVAC unit so hard and long during the past several months, you might have mechanical problems developing that you aren’t even aware of, but that need attention. Among the issues that an Apollo technician can address are lack of lubrication, loose electrical connections, damaged parts, blocked ducts and dirty filters.

Extend the Life of Your Air Conditioning System

When you have an after-summer service conducted on your A/C unit, that helps to ensure you will extend the life of your HVAC. Catching initial mechanical issues early plays an integral role in prolonging the years that you will have your unit to sufficiently cool your house during the summer months.

Cash in on Repair Savings with an End-of-Season A/C Unit Maintenance Service

Just as your furnace needs occasional servicing to ensure it works at an optimal level, it is the same with your air conditioning system. A failure to maintain your A/C unit could mean more expensive mechanical problems down the line.

But if you do keep up with your scheduled maintenance, you can detect operational hindrances with your air conditioning system that have the potential to save you a lot of money in the future. Keep in mind that preventative maintenance is much more cost-effective than expensive major repairs.

According to Energy.gov, end-of-season maintenance should include the following types of services:

  • Testing for refrigerant leaks
  • Unclogging condensate drains
  • Changing the filter
  • Cleaning evaporator coil and condenser coil
  • Inspecting the seal ducts and check for leakage in central systems
  • Measuring airflow through the evaporator coil
  • Removing debris
  • Lubricating motors and checking belts for tightness and wear
  • Removing window units and covering outdoor units
  • Checking to make sure the thermostat registers accurate readings
  • Signs Your A/C Unit Needs Immediate Maintenance
  • Decreased Cooling Levels

The airflow in your home or office may be strong, but the actual air could be warm. What could be causing this to happen?

These trouble spots could range from overheating components, refrigerant leaks, and damage to the ducts. These factors could all cause limited treated air in your living spaces. Because of this, your air conditioner will work harder to cool the air, which is an inefficient use of our unit that will also result in higher energy bills.

Strange Noises

Odd noises emanating from your A/C unit could include buzzing, moaning, humming, clanging or hissing. If you detect any of these sounds coming from your air conditioning system, it’s time to contact Apollo so a certified technician can resolve the problem.

Keep in mind that certain noises could indicate a potentially dangerous issue, such as buzzing which usually means an electrical problem.


Short-cycling occurs when an air conditioning system turns on and off quickly and only operates for short spurts of time. Your A/C unit consumes more energy when it turns on and turns off than it does running continuously. Your air conditioner should operate for a minimum of 15 minutes at a time. If it doesn’t, this typically signals that there is some sort of mechanical problem.

Low Airflow

You can count on a problem with your A/C unit if cooled air is not being funneled through your vents at a normal speed or with sufficient power. This usually means the air is trapped somewhere in the system. This could cause the coils to freeze. This might also mean that there is damaged ductwork and treated air is escaping into unoccupied spaces.

If you do have low airflow in your air conditioning system, your home or office will not have adequately conditioned air.

Look to Apollo Heating and Air Conditioning for Expert Maintenance of Your HVAC

Look to the HVAC experts at Apollo to ensure your energy system is in excellent condition and operating at optimal efficiency so you can stay cool and comfortable this summer. Our experienced team of highly trained technicians will work with you and exceed your expectations during HVAC repairs and A/C unit replacements.

Apollo field technicians will work closely with you in deciding what HVAC system is the best, and tailor it to fit your unique needs and preferences! We are committed to delivering premium quality HVAC service, maintenance, products, and documentation in Kennewick, Pasco, Richland, and beyond!

Learn more by contacting Apollo Heating and Air Conditioning! Call us at (509) 396-COLD (2653).