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How to Protect your HVAC System from Fallen Leaves

Protect your HVAC System from Fallen Leaves

There are some things that you can do to prepare your unit for the months of fallen leaves ahead and to try to keep your AC optimally functioning.

Autumn is almost here in Western York and with the fall comes leaves changing colors and falling off trees and a new potential threat to your HVAC system and central AC. While fall may bring cooler temperatures, it is often still just a bit warm and your air conditioning is still needed to help you maintain the ideal temperature. We are going to review how to protect your HVAC system from fallen leaves so you can enjoy your home’s cool air as long as you need throughout the autumn months.

Do fall leaves affect your HVAC system?

Like any debris that gets in your air conditioning condenser, leaves and fall foliage can cause issues to your system and you should protect your HVAC system from fallen leaves. Your AC condenser is the outdoor portion of your air conditioner that works as a heat exchange to create the cool air for your air conditioning.

As leaves and other items fall off trees and blow through the air, they can build up on your AC condenser and that can cause issues. A dirty condenser can cause your air conditioning to blow warm air and shorten the life of your AC unit. Airflow blockages to your condenser can damage portions of your HVAC system, including the condenser coil and AC compressor.

How to protect your HVAC system from fallen leaves and prepare for autumn

There are some things that you can do to prepare your unit for the months of falling leaves ahead and to try to keep your AC optimally functioning. We are going to review some items you can do to protect your HVAC system from fallen leaves and a potentially costly repair.

Maintain your Yard: Keep your yard clear of fallen leaves and other debris. Rake regularly to reduce the number of leaves in the area and the potential for them to blow onto or in your unit. You should also trim branches of trees and bushes that are near your unit to prevent them from dropping items in or on the condenser.
Regularly Inspect your Unit: During the autumn season particularly, you should regularly check your HVAC unit for leaves and other debris. With the Western New York autumn breezes, items can easily find their way to your unit and may need cleaned off.
Clean off Debris: If you find leaves and other debris on or in your unit, you should clean them off/out. One way to do so is to use compressed air to blow out the debris found within your unit. It is recommended to have a professional HVAC technician review and clean your unit to ensure it is done properly and no damage is caused to your HVAC system.

Be prepared this fall

While you may not see fallen leaves and debris in your HVAC unit, they can be there ready to cause you issues and an interruption in the cooling of your Western New York home. Having an annual AC tune-up should help to prevent issues with your HVAC system throughout the year.

While there are things you can do to protect your HVAC system from fallen leaves, a professional HVAC team is always the recommended route to take to ensure you aren’t missing something that could cause you issues at a later time.

Duffett Plumbing, Heating & AC is your team for reliable AC service in Hamburg, NY. In fact, we provide a variety of cooling services: Air Conditioning Repair, Air Conditioning Tune-Up, and New AC Systems.

For a locally trusted, around-the-clock AC repair team, call Duffett for air conditioning service in Hamburg, NY.