Don’t Neglect Your Air Conditioner this Winter

As the sharp chill of autumn begins to float through the air, you know winter isn’t far behind. Now’s the time to take a few moments to ready your AC for the off-season. Shutting down your AC as summer winds down shields it against severe winter weather that could shorten its life expectancy. A few simple steps are all it takes to prime your air conditioner for peak efficiency come spring.

Deep Clean Your Air Conditioner

As the seasons change, your outdoor air conditioning system 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 flush out the outdoor condensing unit. Be sure the outside temperature is adequately above freezing before dousing the unit. Then, get rid of any stubborn leaves or twigs that remain stuck in the nooks and crannies and perform a final sweep around the unit. This helps stop winter winds from sending debris back into or underneath your air conditioning system.

Maintain the AC Unit

If you skipped setting up seasonal 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 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. Routine 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 cooling system for the last time this season, locate 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 move prevents you from accidentally activating the air conditioner during the winter months. An unintended switch to cooling mode when the condensing unit is covered with ice could trigger irreversible damage.

Examine the Exterior Unit

Turning off yourAC after the cooling season involves more than just flicking off a switch. It’s also a good time to scrutinize the outdoor unit’s condition. Check for cracks, dings, rust or other visible issues. Double-check that all seals and insulation are secure and everything appears in order. If you identify any issues, call a qualified technician to service the air conditioner before the issue becomes an even bigger problem. This preventive move helps you avoid unpleasant surprises when you power 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, preventing 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 gnaw through crucial wiring and leave you with an unwelcome repair bill in the spring.

Even though a covering might not be the best idea, protecting 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 plywood weighed down with a brick or large rock to make sure the wind doesn’t blow the wood off. Leaving the AC unit’s sides subjected to the winter snows should not cause any harm.

Routinely Inspect the Unit

Once your air conditioner is correctly winterized, you can’t simply stop thinking about your cooling system until you need it next spring. To ensure it stays in good shape, glance at your AC about every week or so. Adjust the plywood if needed and clean off any leaves or pine needles stuck in the condensing unit. Normal winter care helps prevent any nasty predicaments come spring.

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Preparing your air conditioning unit for winter weather may not be the most glamorous task, but the benefits are significant. 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 encourages your unit’s efficiency and length of service.

For reliable, 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 avoid HVAC challenges all year-round. With Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing by your side, you’ll enjoy the security of understanding 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. Always remember, taking care of your air conditioning unit today makes for a cooler, more comfortable tomorrow!

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