Fall is a favorite time of year for many people and it’s not hard to see why. With the countless options for outdoor family fun and the beauty of the changing leaves, it’s no wonder Midwesterners look forward to autumn all year long. However, those beautiful leaves can quickly become a nuisance and even a hazard if left in your yard for too long. Most homeowners already know the damage leaves can do to their yards, but did you know that they can also pose a threat to your HVAC system? Today, our team at Allied Services, Inc. is discussing the problems that can arise if leaves are left unchecked this season.

Protect Your HVAC System from Leaves

Your HVAC System

Your HVAC system’s outdoor cabinet uses a powerful fan to draw cool air from the bottom and sides of the unit, which it then uses to disperse warm air through the top of the cabinet. With this setup, it’s not hard to see how fallen leaves can cause problems for your system. Leaves that pile up at the bottom of the unit can block airflow, making it difficult for your HVAC to do its job.

Potential Problems

  • Obstructed furnace intake and exhaust pipes: Most furnaces have intake or exhaust pipes leading to the outside of the home. They are typically fitted with screens to keep out wildlife. However, a screen will not prevent blockages caused from leaves or other debris. 
  • Clogged compressor: Leaves entering the compressor can cause problems with your AC system. Leaves or debris reduce airflow, clog condenser coils and invite mold and bacteria growth. If you use a heat pump for heating instead of a furnace, a clogged compressor will cause more immediate problems. It will mean colder indoor temperatures, higher heating costs, and a lot of wear and tear on the system.

The Solution

To protect your HVAC system, be sure to rake leaves and discard of them at least once a week and avoid planting trees or shrubs too close to your HVAC unit or pipes. Also, it’s a great idea to schedule a professional HVAC cleaning as part of seasonal preventive maintenance for your heating and cooling system. HVAC technicians have the knowledge and experience to safely clean exterior and interior parts to keep things running safely and efficiently.

Let Allied Services, Inc. keep your HVAC unit running smoothly all year long. We provide regular maintenance plans and other HVAC services, including the installation and repair of heating systems and cooling systems, to homeowners throughout Dayton, OH, and the surrounding areas. Contact us today at (937) 269-5059 to schedule an appointment.