Don’t Neglect Your Air Conditioner this Winter

As the sudden 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 air conditioning system for the off-season. Shutting down your AC as summer winds down safeguards it against harsh winter weather that could reduce its life expectancy. A few easy steps are all you’ll need to prime your air conditioner for optimum efficiency come spring.

Deep Clean Your Air Conditioner

As the seasons change, your outdoor AC unit often can become filled with fallen leaves and pine cones. This is a handy time to don your work gloves, get rid of this debris and gently flush out the outdoor condensing unit. Make sure the outside temperature is adequately above freezing before putting water into the unit. Then, take out any particularly uncooperative 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 blowing debris back into or underneath your AC unit.

Maintain the AC Unit

If you missed scheduling regular air conditioning maintenance last spring, it’s still not too late! Arrange to have a skilled technician conduct an AC tune-up before it becomes too cold outside. This tune-up and inspection includes measuring the refrigerant level and testing for leaks, looking over and tightening electrical connections, lubricating moving parts and testing the system safety controls, among other tasks. Scheduled air conditioner maintenance improves efficiency, extends your unit’s life span and catches 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 this season, locate the condensing unit’s outside power switch. Open the protective lid, flip the switch off and put the lid back down. This effortless move prevents 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 create irreversible damage.

Examine the Exterior Unit

Turning off yourAC after the cooling season requires more than just flicking off a switch. It’s also a good time to scrutinize 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 a problem, call a certified specialist to service the air conditioner before the issue becomes an even bigger problem. This preventive action helps you avoid unpleasant surprises when you power 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 strategy often produces 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 a cozy winter den, and also bite through essential wiring and provide you with an unwelcome repair bill in the spring.

Even though a covering might not be the best idea, safeguarding your AC from falling icicles is still key to preventing internal damage. The best compromise is to shield the top of the air conditioner with some plywood weighed down with bricks or large rock to make sure the wind doesn’t blow it away. Leaving the outdoor unit’s sides open 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 make sure it stays in good shape, glance at your AC about every week or so. Adjust the plywood if required and remove any leaves or pine needles stuck in the condensing unit. Normal winter care helps protect against any nasty predicaments come spring.

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Preparing your air conditioning unit for icy and snowy weather may not be the most glamorous task, but the benefits are immense. Not only does it prevent costly repairs and delays when you need air conditioning next spring, but it also promotes your unit’s efficiency and life expectancy.

For reliable, experienced 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 trouble 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 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. Always remember, taking care of your air conditioning unit today helps create a cooler, more comfortable tomorrow!

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