Don’t Neglect Your Air Conditioner this Winter

As the crisp chill of autumn begins to float through the air, you know winter is not far away. Now’s the time to spare a few moments to prep your AC for the off-season. Shutting down your AC as summer drifts away guards it against harsh winter weather that could reduce its life span. A few basic steps are all it takes to prime your air conditioner for maximum efficiency come spring.

Deep Clean Your Air Conditioner

As the seasons change, your outdoor air conditioner can be filled with debris like fallen leaves and pine cones. This is a good time to put on your work gloves, get rid of this debris and gently hose down the outdoor condensing unit. Be sure the outside temperature is well above freezing before dousing the unit. Then, take out any stubborn leaves or twigs that remain jammed in the nooks and crannies and make a final sweep around the unit. This helps stop winter winds from sending debris back into or underneath your condenser.

Maintain the AC Unit

If you overlooked hiring an HVAC specialist to conduct routine air conditioning maintenance last spring, it’s still not too late! Arrange to have a skilled technician conduct an AC tune-up before it is too cold out. This tune-up and inspection includes checking the refrigerant level and testing for leaks, examining and tightening electrical connections, lubricating moving parts and testing the system safety controls, among other tasks. Scheduled air conditioner maintenance increases efficiency, extends your unit’s life span and looks for and fixes any minor issues before they morph into expensive problems.

Disconnect Your Air Conditioner

When you’re sure you have used your air conditioner for the last time during the summer, locate the condensing unit’s exterior power switch. Open up the protective covering, flip the switch off and secure the lid once more. This straightforward action stops you from accidentally activating the air conditioner during the winter months. Accidentally turning on the air conditioner when the condensing unit is covered with ice may trigger irreversible damage.

Examine the Exterior Unit

Powering down yourAC after the cooling season involves more than just flicking off a switch. It’s also an opportunity to examine the outdoor unit’s condition. Look out for cracks, blemishes, rust or other exterior issues. Make sure that all seals and insulation are secure and everything seems in order. If you see any issues, call a qualified technician to service the air conditioner before the issue becomes an even bigger problem. This preemptive move helps you avoid unpleasant surprises when you turn on your AC after its long winter hibernation.

Guard Your Air Conditioner Against Falling Ice

While some homeowners cover their outdoor air conditioning units with a tarp or a commercially available AC cover, this tactic often creates more problems than it solves. Moisture can condense on the unit through the plastic, blocking evaporation and promoting rust or mold development. Rodents might even view your covered AC unit as the perfect place for a winter den, and also gnaw through critical wiring and provide you with an unwelcome repair bill in the spring.

Even though a covering might not be the best idea, shielding your AC from falling icicles is still essential to preventing internal damage. The best compromise is to shield the top of the air conditioner with plywood weighed down with bricks or large rock to ensure the wind doesn’t knock it over. Leaving the air conditioning unit’s sides exposed to the winter elements should not cause any damage.

Routinely Inspect the Unit

Once your air conditioner is correctly winterized, you can’t simply forget about your AC until you need it next spring. To ensure it stays in good shape, look at your AC about a few times each month. Adjust the plywood if necessary and get rid of any leaves or pine needles caught in the condensing unit. Normal winter care helps prevent any nasty predicaments come spring.

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Preparing your AC for icy and snowy weather may not be the most thrilling task, but the benefits are considerable. Not only does it help you avoid costly repairs and delays when you are looking to enjoy the air conditioning next spring, but it also encourages your unit’s efficiency and length of service.

For trustworthy, expert assistance with the air conditioning tasks outlined above, turn to Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing. Our team provides superb service to help our customers reduce HVAC challenges all year. With Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing by your side, you’ll enjoy the peace of mind of understanding your home comfort is in skilled hands. To schedule an AC repair or maintenance visit, reach out to Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing today by calling 866-397-3787. Remember, taking care of your AC today is the best way to enjoy a cooler, more comfortable tomorrow!

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