Don’t Neglect Your Air Conditioner this Winter

As the crisp chill of autumn begins permeating the air, you know winter isn’t far behind. Now’s the time to take a few moments to prepare your air conditioner for the off-season. Shutting down your AC as summer wanes shields it against harsh winter weather that could shorten its life span. 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 becomes a landing spot for fallen leaves and pine cones. This is a handy time to wear your work gloves, get rid of this debris and gently hose down the outdoor condensing unit. Be sure the outside temperature is comfortably above freezing before dousing the unit. Then, get rid of any particularly uncooperative leaves or twigs that remain jammed in the nooks and crannies and complete a final sweep around the unit. This helps protect against winter winds from sending debris back into or underneath your AC unit.

Maintain the AC Unit

If you skipped setting up 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 is too chilly. This tune-up and inspection includes determining 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. Regular air conditioner maintenance increases efficiency, extends your unit’s life span and looks for and fixes any minor issues before they grow into expensive problems.

Disconnect Your Air Conditioner

When you’re positive you have used your air conditioner for the last time during the hot summer months, find the condensing unit’s outside power switch. Lift up the protective covering, flip the switch off and put the lid back down. This straightforward action prevents you from accidentally running the air conditioner during the winter months. Running the AC when the condensing unit is covered with ice might cause irreversible damage.

Examine the Exterior Unit

Turning off yourAC after the cooling season calls for more than just flicking off a switch. It’s also an opportunity to scrutinize 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 seems in order. If you identify a problem, call a qualified technician to service the air conditioner before the issue becomes an even bigger problem. This preemptive action helps you steer clear of unpleasant surprises when you fire up your air conditioning 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 strategy often brings about more problems than it solves. Moisture can condense on the unit through the plastic, blocking evaporation and promoting rust or mold growth. Mice might even view your covered AC unit as a lovely spot to build a winter den, and also chew through critical wiring and leave you with an unwelcome repair bill in the spring.

Despite all this, shielding your AC from falling icicles is still critical to preventing internal damage. The best compromise is to shield the top of the air conditioner with plywood weighed down with bricks or large rock to make sure the wind doesn’t blow it away. Leaving the outdoor unit’s sides subjected to the winter snows should not cause any harm.

Routinely Inspect the Unit

Once your air conditioning system is effectively winterized, you can’t simply stop thinking about it until you need it next spring. To ensure it stays in good shape, look at your AC about once a week. Adjust the plywood if required and get rid of any leaves or pine needles caught in the condensing unit. Regular winter care helps prevent any nasty predicaments come spring.

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Preparing your air conditioning unit for cold temperatures may not be the most glamorous task, but the benefits are considerable. Not only does it help you avoid expensive repairs and delays when you are looking to enjoy the air conditioning next spring, but it also promotes your unit’s efficiency and durability.

For dependable, experienced assistance with the air conditioning tasks outlined above, reach out to Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing. Our team provides first-rate service to help our customers avoid HVAC issues all year. With Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing by your side, you’ll enjoy the security 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 AC today makes for a cooler, more comfortable tomorrow!

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