Don’t Neglect Your Air Conditioner this Winter

As the sudden chill of autumn begins to float through the air, you know winter isn’t far behind. Now’s the time to spare a few moments to prep your air conditioning system for the off-season. Shutting down your AC as summer wanes guards it against harsh winter weather that could shorten its life span. A few simple steps are all you’ll need to prime your air conditioner for peak efficiency come spring.

Deep Clean Your Air Conditioner

As the seasons change, your outdoor AC unit becomes a landing spot for fallen leaves and pine cones. This is the ideal time to don your work gloves, get rid of this debris and gently hose down the outdoor condensing unit. Ensure the outside temperature is well above freezing before using the garden hose to clean out the unit. Then, remove any particularly uncooperative leaves or twigs that remain stuck in the nooks and crannies and perform a final sweep around the unit. This helps prevent winter winds from blowing 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 professional technician conduct an AC tune-up before it gets too chilly. This tune-up and inspection includes measuring the refrigerant level and testing for leaks, looking over and tightening electrical connections, lubricating moving elements and testing the system safety controls, among other tasks. Regular air conditioner maintenance improves efficiency, extends your unit’s life span and can find minor issues before they morph into expensive problems.

Disconnect Your Air Conditioner

When you’re confident you have used your air conditioner for the last time this season, find the condensing unit’s outside power switch. Open the protective cover, flip the switch off and secure the lid once more. This effortless action protects you from accidentally turning on 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 a good time to examine the outdoor unit’s condition. Look out for cracks, dents, rust or other external issues. Double-check that all seals and insulation are secure and everything looks in order. If you spot a concern, call a professional to service the air conditioner before the issue gets worse. This preemptive action helps you reduce the chances of any unpleasant surprises when you turn on your air conditioner 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, preventing evaporation and fostering rust or mold growth. Mice might even view your covered AC unit as a cozy winter den, and also bite through critical wiring and leave you with 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 protect the top of the air conditioner with plywood weighed down with a brick or large rock to make certain the wind doesn’t blow the wood off. Leaving the AC unit’s sides subjected to the winter elements should not cause any harm.

Routinely Inspect the Unit

Once your outdoor AC unit 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 once a week. Adjust the plywood if required and clean off any leaves or pine needles stuck in the condensing unit. Regular winter care helps prevent any nasty surprises come spring.

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Preparing your air conditioner for cold temperatures may not be the most glamorous task, but the benefits are significant. Not only does it prevent costly repairs and delays when you want air conditioning next spring, but it also promotes your unit’s efficiency and longevity.

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 prevent HVAC issues all year. With Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing by your side, you’ll enjoy the security of knowing 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 makes for a cooler, more comfortable tomorrow!

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