Fall HVAC Maintenance Tips

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With winter slowly approaching and fall saying goodbye, it is the perfect time to take care of the much needed pre-winter HVAC maintenance. After remaining dormant for many months, the chances are that your heating system needs some help (and a lot of cleaning) to perform at its peak efficiency level.

The best way to avoid HVAC breakdowns or expensive repairs is by handling the small issues before they become major problems. Here are a few maintenance tips that will help optimize your HVAC performance and ensure that your home remains comfortable for you and your loved ones during winter.

Seal The Drafts And Leaks
Drafty windows and doors cause warm indoor air to leak out and cold air to come in. This results in increased energy bills as your HVAC system needs to work harder to heat your home. You can stop this from happening by sealing the drafts and caulking your doors and windows. Make sure to check the weather stripping for damages and repair or replace if needed.

Clean The Vents And Grilles
It is normal to see dust and debris being accumulated in vents during the period they have not been used. Hence, the first thing you must do while ticking off tasks from your fall HVAC maintenance list is to clean your vents and grilles. Know that even an inch of dust buildup on your coil or blower motor can result in 10 percent loss of efficiency, increasing the utility costs. Go around your home and make sure that none of the return and supply vents are blocked or closed off in any way.

Add Or Service Insulation
One of the best ways to keep your HVAC system functioning well is by easing its load. You can do this by insulating your home properly – especially areas like attics, crawlspaces, and basements that are prone to letting the hot air out. This will prevent the indoor air from escaping outside and help maintain proper temperature inside your home. Check your insulation for any damages and do the necessary repairs.

Install A Programmable Thermostat
Check your thermostat to ensure that it has not been overworked. See if it’s responding quickly and displaying the accurate temperature. It is best if you install a programmable thermostat, as it will help you make the appropriate settings for the changing weather beforehand.

Clean Or Replace Air Filters
The filters in your HVAC system play a significant role in keeping your home’s air clean. That’s why when these filters get dirty, they not only restrict air from flowing properly but also impact the efficiency of the entire HVAC unit. Ideally, the HVAC air filters should be cleaned and changed every six months. Make sure to install only the best filters – the ones that have a minimum MERV rating of 7.

Maintain The Area Around Outside Unit
While the falling leaves during autumn look pretty, they can be hazardous for your outdoor HVAC unit. Keep your outdoor unit and its surrounding area free from leaves, pollen, dirt, and dust by cleaning regularly. A debris-free HVAC system will certainly save you repair costs in the long run.

Have Your HVAC System Serviced
Call a professional to perform a thorough inspection on your HVAC system. He will not only address any issues that may later lead to a breakdown but also provide the necessary guidance on the proper use of the system. He will also tell you if your system needs to be replaced.

At Able Appliance & HVAC Service, we are experienced professionals who can easily tune up your HVAC system to ensure proper functionality and improved energy efficiency. We do same day repairs at affordable prices. Call us at 703-916-0509 or 703-330-4772 for a service today!

October 2019




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Most people use microwaves daily to thaw frozen foods, reheat leftovers, and cook meals. Common problems your microwave can develop include:

  • The plate won’t turn.
  • The microwave doesn’t turn on or off.
  • The door won’t close or open.
  • The microwave doesn’t heat properly.
  • It makes strange or loud sounds.
  • The light stops working.
  • The touchpad won’t respond.

Call to schedule a repair today if you notice any of these warning signs.


Whether you own a separate freezer or only the one on your refrigerator, you count on it to keep perishable items frozen for later use. If the freezer fails, you may lose hundreds of dollars worth of food. Some warning signs of freezer malfunction include:

  • Water leaks
  • Frost or ice buildup
  • Strange sounds
  • Temperature variations
  • Constantly running compressor

The freezer also might just stop working.

Ice Makers

Many people enjoy the convenience of built-in ice makers. Signs that yours isn’t working correctly:

  • Ice is fractured, frosted, or strangely shaped.
  • Ice won’t release from the mold.
  • The outside ejector doesn’t produce ice.

Common issues include clogged water lines, incorrectly set thermostats, unlevel mounting, and clogged water filters.


Gone are the days when someone had to wash dishes by hand in the sink daily. Most people use their dishwashers every day to avoid that manual task. You may notice:

  • Your dishes aren’t clean after a wash cycle.
  • The dishwasher won’t run.
  • The machine won’t fill or drain properly.
  • Your dishwasher has a foul odor.
  • Operation makes more noise than usual.
  • Water leaks onto the floor.

Able Appliance & HVAC Service can diagnose and repair your issue.


Every kitchen has a refrigerator. Some people have them in garages and offices too. We count on these essential appliances to keep our food fresh. It’s time to schedule a repair if:

  • The refrigerator operates constantly or won’t come on at all.
  • The temperature is too hot or too cold, not adjusting with the thermostat.
  • Water leaks onto the floor.
  • The water dispenser won’t release water.
  • The appliance makes loud noises.

Most of these issues are easily repaired.

Ovens, Stoves, and Ranges

Families that enjoy home-cooked meals and freshly baked desserts rely on their ovens and stoves. Owners can choose gas or electric appliances, and the repair issues can differ for each type. However, the problems you may notice remain similar.


  • The oven won’t heat to the set temperature correctly or at all.
  • The interior light won’t come on or turn off.
  • The self-cleaning feature doesn’t work.
  • The door won’t open or close.
  • Your food cooks unevenly.
  • Your controls aren’t responsive.
  • The heating or broiling element won’t ignite or come on.

Stovetops and Ranges

  • Eyes won’t ignite or power on.
  • Temperatures don’t adjust to your settings.
  • The indicator lights don’t work.
  • Turning the eyes on produces sparks or strange smells.
  • Bubbles, cracks, or blisters appear on the cooktop or coils.

Able Appliance & HVAC Service technicians can repair all brands of electric and gas ovens, stoves, cooktops, and gas range tops.

Washers and Dryers

Everyone needs clean clothes, sheets, and towels. Our washers and dryers make that easy to accomplish unless they stop working properly. Each appliance typically gives you signs that repairs are necessary.


  • Water won’t fill or drain.
  • Water overfills or leaks.
  • The agitator won’t spin.
  • The washer vibrates excessively or makes loud noises.
  • Unpleasant odors persist.
  • The door doesn’t open.
  • The machine ruins your laundry.
  • The washer won’t turn on or stop


  • The dryer doesn’t power on or only runs for a short time.
  • The dryer won’t heat or overheat.
  • The machine takes too long to dry laundry.
  • The drum won’t spin.
  • The dryer is too noisy or vibrates excessively.
  • The laundry has wrinkles or lint.

These appliances come in many makes and models, and Able Appliance & HVAC Service can repair them all.

AC and Heating

When your heating or air conditioning isn’t working properly, your home can quickly become uncomfortable. Common issues you’ll notice are:

  • The air isn’t heated or cooled to the correct temperature, the heat blows cold air, or the AC blows hot air.
  • The unit runs constantly or won’t turn on.
  • Fluid leaks from your inside or outside units.
  • Your system is too loud.

Schedule a repair appointment to avoid further damage if you experience any of these problems.

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