Don’t Neglect Your Air Conditioner this Winter

As the crisp chill of autumn begins to float through the air, you know winter will arrive soon. Now’s the time to stop and dedicate a few moments to ready your AC for the off-season. Shutting down your AC as summer drifts away safeguards it against harsh winter weather that could decrease its life expectancy. A few simple steps are all it takes to prime your air conditioner for optimum efficiency come spring.

Deep Clean Your Air Conditioner

As the seasons change, your outdoor AC unit can be filled with debris like fallen leaves and pine cones. This is the ideal time to wear your work gloves, remove this debris and gently hose down the outdoor condensing unit. Make sure the outside temperature is well above freezing before putting water into the unit. Then, get rid of any tenacious leaves or twigs that remain nestled in the nooks and crannies and perform a final sweep around the unit. This helps protect against winter winds from sending debris back into or underneath your air conditioning system.

Maintain the AC Unit

If you overlooked hiring an HVAC specialist to conduct seasonal air conditioning maintenance last spring, it’s still not too late! Arrange to have a professional technician conduct an AC tune-up before it becomes too cold outside. This tune-up and inspection includes determining the refrigerant level and testing for leaks, checking and tightening electrical connections, lubricating moving parts and testing the system safety controls, among other tasks. Regular air conditioner maintenance enhances efficiency, extends your unit’s life span and catches minor issues before they escalate into expensive problems.

Disconnect Your Air Conditioner

When you’re sure you have used your AC for the last time during the summer, locate the condensing unit’s outside power switch. Open the protective covering, flip the switch off and secure the lid once more. This straightforward procedure protects you from accidentally running the air conditioner during the winter months. An unintended switch to cooling mode when the condensing unit is covered with ice could trigger irreversible damage.

Examine the Exterior Unit

Powering down yourAC after the cooling season requires more than just flicking off a switch. It’s also important to take a good look at the outdoor unit’s condition. Look out for cracks, dings, rust or other visible issues. Make sure that all seals and insulation are secure and everything seems in order. If you see a problem, call a qualified technician to service the air conditioner before the issue becomes an even bigger problem. This prompt action helps you avoid unpleasant surprises when you fire up your AC after its long winter hibernation.

Guard Your Air Conditioner Against Falling Ice

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

While a tarp probably isn’t ideal, protecting your AC from falling icicles is still critical to preventing internal damage. The best compromise is to protect the top of the air conditioner with plywood weighed down with a brick or large rock to make certain the wind doesn’t knock it over. Leaving the air conditioning unit’s sides open to the winter storms should not cause any problems.

Routinely Inspect the Unit

Once your air conditioning system is effectively winterized, you can’t simply forget about your AC until you need it next spring. To make certain it stays in good shape, glance at your AC about once a week. Adjust the plywood if needed and get rid of any leaves or pine needles embedded in the condensing unit. Routine winter care helps prevent any nasty scenarios come spring.

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Preparing your air conditioner for winter weather may not be the most exciting task, but the benefits are considerable. Not only does it reduce the chances of pricey repairs and delays when you want air conditioning next spring, but it also encourages your unit’s efficiency and longevity.

For trustworthy, skilled assistance with the air conditioning tasks outlined above, reach out to Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing. Our team provides superb service to help our customers avoid HVAC challenges all the time. With Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing by your side, you’ll enjoy the security of knowing your home comfort is in highly capable 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 air conditioner today helps create a cooler, more comfortable tomorrow!

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