Don’t Neglect Your Air Conditioner this Winter

As the sharp chill of autumn begins permeating the air, you know winter isn’t far behind. Now’s the time to take a few moments to prep your air conditioning system for the off-season. Shutting down your AC as summer drifts away safeguards it against harsh winter weather that could decrease its life span. A few simple steps are all you will need to prime your air conditioner for peak efficiency come spring.

Deep Clean Your Air Conditioner

As the seasons change, your outdoor air conditioner becomes a landing spot for fallen leaves and pine cones. This is a good time to don your work gloves, get rid of this debris and gently hose down the outdoor condensing unit. Ensure the outside temperature is comfortably above freezing before putting water into the unit. Then, get rid of any particularly uncooperative leaves or twigs that remain stuck in the nooks and crannies and make a final sweep around the unit. This helps protect against winter winds from whisking debris back into or underneath your AC unit.

Maintain the AC Unit

If you skipped setting up 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 outside. This tune-up and inspection includes measuring the refrigerant level and testing for leaks, examining and tightening electrical connections, lubricating moving components and testing the system safety controls, among other tasks. Scheduled air conditioner maintenance increases efficiency, extends your unit’s life span and can find 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 this season, find the condensing unit’s exterior power switch. Lift up the protective covering, flip the switch off and make sure to push the lid down again. This effortless procedure protects you from accidentally turning on the air conditioner during the winter months. An unintended switch to cooling mode when the condensing unit is covered with ice may create irreversible damage.

Examine the Exterior Unit

Turning off yourair conditioning equipment after the cooling season calls for more than just flicking off a switch. It’s also an opportunity to examine the outdoor unit’s condition. Watch out for cracks, dents, rust or other exterior issues. Make sure that all seals and insulation are secure and everything seems in order. If you identify a problem, call a professional to service the air conditioner before the issue gets worse. This preemptive measure 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 cover their outdoor air conditioning units with a tarp or a commercially available AC cover, this tactic often produces more problems than it solves. Moisture can condense on the unit through the plastic, preventing evaporation and fostering rust or mold growth. Rodents might even view your covered AC unit as the perfect place for a winter den, and also bite through critical wiring and create an unwelcome repair bill in the spring.

Despite all this, safeguarding your AC from falling icicles is still essential to preventing internal damage. The best compromise is to cover the top of the air conditioner with plywood weighed down with a heavy block or large rock to ensure the wind doesn’t blow the wood off. Leaving the outdoor unit’s sides subjected to the winter storms should not cause any harm.

Routinely Inspect the Unit

Once your air conditioner is properly winterized, you can’t simply stop thinking about your AC until you need it next spring. To ensure it stays in good shape, take a peek at your AC about every week or so. Adjust the plywood if necessary and get rid of any leaves or pine needles stuck in the condensing unit. Routine 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 significant. Not only does it prevent costly repairs and delays when you are looking to enjoy the air conditioning next spring, but it also promotes your unit’s efficiency and life expectancy.

For reliable, 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 avoid HVAC issues all year-round. With Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing by your side, you’ll enjoy the satisfaction 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 makes for a cooler, more comfortable tomorrow!

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