Don’t Neglect Your Air Conditioner this Winter

As the sudden chill of autumn begins permeating the air, you know winter isn’t far behind. Now’s the time to stop and dedicate a few moments to prep your AC for the off-season. Shutting down your AC as summer drifts away guards it against severe 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 air conditioning system often can become filled with fallen leaves and pine cones. This is a good time to put on your work gloves, clear away this debris and gently flush out the outdoor condensing unit. Make sure the outside temperature is well above freezing before using the garden hose to clean out the unit. Then, get rid of any stubborn leaves or twigs that remain jammed in the nooks and crannies and make a final sweep around the unit. This helps prevent winter winds from whisking debris back into or underneath your condenser.

Maintain the AC Unit

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

Disconnect Your Air Conditioner

When you’re positive you have used your AC for the last time during the summer, look for the condensing unit’s outdoor power switch. Lift up the protective lid, flip the switch off and put the lid back down. This straightforward move prevents 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 might trigger permanent damage.

Examine the Exterior Unit

Shutting down yourAC after the cooling season calls for more than just flicking off a switch. It’s also an opportunity to take a good look at the outdoor unit’s condition. Watch out for cracks, blemishes, rust or other visible issues. Double-check that all seals and insulation are secure and everything seems in order. If you spot any issues, call a qualified technician to service the air conditioner before the issue becomes an even bigger problem. This prompt move helps you reduce the chances of any unpleasant surprises when you fire up your air conditioner after its long winter hibernation.

Guard Your Air Conditioner Against Falling Ice

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

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

Routinely Inspect the Unit

Once your air conditioner is effectively winterized, you can’t simply stop thinking about it until you need it next spring. To make certain it stays in good shape, glance at your AC about every week or so. Adjust the plywood if needed and get rid of any leaves or pine needles embedded in the condensing unit. Regular winter care helps protect against any nasty scenarios come spring.

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Preparing your air conditioner for cold temperatures may not be the most exciting task, but the benefits are considerable. Not only does it help you avoid pricey repairs and delays when you are looking to enjoy the air conditioning next spring, but it also boosts 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 top-notch service to help our customers prevent HVAC challenges all the time. With Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing by your side, you’ll enjoy the peace of mind of understanding your home comfort is in professional 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 helps create a cooler, more comfortable tomorrow!

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