It may not officially be fall yet, but many states in our footprint have begun to experience crisp evenings, shorter days, and a few trees here and there starting to turn. Some western states have even had some snow already! It’s time to start preparing for all the fall furnace tune-ups your clients will be asking for.
With fall just around the corner, an important part of getting your business ready for a great heating season is prepping your business vehicles. Fall is a busy time in the HVAC industry, and being prepared is an important part of your reputation as a business.
How do I prepare my work vehicles for fall and winter?
There are several actions you can take if you want to do all you can to prepare your work vehicles for the ensuing lower temperatures that fall and winter bring. Here are some pointers on getting your vehicles ready for the colder months.
Check the belts and hoses
Look for cracks, leaks, and wear in the belts and hoses. Ensure that there are no signs of splitting, fraying, or glazing. One major problem with faulty belts and hoses is overheating. If you notice any problems with these components, take the vehicle to your local mechanic.
Check the fluid levels
It is crucial to top off the vehicle’s fluids. This includes windshield washer fluids, transmission fluids, coolant, brake fluids, and power steering fluids. All of these are important so that the vehicle runs smoothly.
Check the tires
Check the tread, inflation, and overall condition of all four tires. Rotate the tires so they wear evenly, and make sure the tires contain the appropriate amount of air for the vehicle make and model.
Prepare for the cold weather
Getting stranded on the side of the road any time of the year is not fun, but it can be especially dangerous as the weather turns cold. Be prepared by stocking the vehicle you drive with items such as gloves, an ice scraper, an electric blanket, a first aid kit, jumper cables, a flashlight, and any other necessary items.
Check the oil
Change the oil at the recommended oil change interval. Consult the car’s manual to determine the recommended oil interval, as it may vary by manufacturer and driving habits. If your car has an oil-monitoring system, you can use this device as a guide. Many service centers also use a window sticker to provide guidance as to when the oil should be changed next.
Check for heat
Check to make sure the heat is working properly, as well as the defroster and all vents in the vehicle. If any of these components are in need of repair, take the vehicle to your local auto repair shop.
Check the brakes
It is important to get your brakes checked before getting into Fall and Winter. Brakes are crucial for safe driving, especially in fall and winter, when wet leaves, ice, or snow can hamper the vehicle's ability to grip the road.
Check the Lights
Take a walk around the exterior of the vehicle. Check to make sure that all lights are working as they should. If needed, replace broken or blown-out bulbs. These lights ensure that other drivers see you on the road, even in bad weather or other conditions where visibility is low.
Check the Battery
Check the battery for charge and signs of corrosion. If needed, take the vehicle to a local auto parts store for diagnosis. If the vehicle needs a new battery, take it to a mechanic to get it replaced.
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