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Don’t Neglect Your Air Conditioner this Winter

As the sharp chill of autumn begins permeating the air, you know winter will arrive soon. Now’s the time to set aside a few moments to prepare your AC for the off-season. Shutting down your AC as summer wanes guards it against severe winter weather that could reduce its life. 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 often can become filled with fallen leaves and pine cones. This is a good time to don your work gloves, get rid of this debris and gently wash out the outdoor condensing unit. Ensure the outside temperature is comfortably above freezing before dousing the unit. Then, take out any stubborn 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 sending debris back into or underneath your condenser.

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 is too cold outside. This tune-up and inspection includes determining the refrigerant level and testing for leaks, checking and tightening electrical connections, lubricating moving parts and testing the system safety controls, among other tasks. Regular air conditioner maintenance enhances efficiency, extends your unit’s life span and catches minor issues before they escalate 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, look for the condensing unit’s exterior power switch. Open up the protective cover, flip the switch off and make sure to push the lid down again. This simple procedure stops you from accidentally running 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

Turning off yourair conditioner after the cooling season requires more than just flicking off a switch. It’s also a good time to take a good look at the outdoor unit’s condition. Look out for cracks, dings, rust or other external issues. Take an extra moment to check that all seals and insulation are secure and everything appears in order. If you spot a problem, call a qualified technician to service the air conditioner before the issue becomes an even bigger problem. This preemptive measure helps you avoid unpleasant surprises when you power up your AC after its long winter hibernation.

Guard Your Air Conditioner Against Falling Ice

While some homeowners drape 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, blocking evaporation and fostering rust or mold growth. Rats might even view your covered AC unit as a cozy winter den, and also bite through crucial wiring and provide you with an unwelcome repair bill in the spring.

Even though a covering might not be the best idea, shielding your AC from falling icicles is still critical to preventing internal damage. The best compromise is to protect the top of the air conditioner with some plywood weighed down with a brick or large rock to make sure the wind doesn’t knock it over. Leaving the air conditioning unit’s sides exposed to the winter elements should not cause any harm.

Routinely Inspect the Unit

Once your air conditioner is properly winterized, you can’t simply forget about your AC 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 get rid of any leaves or pine needles embedded in the condensing unit. Regular winter care helps protect against any nasty scenarios 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 reduce the chances of costly repairs and delays when you need air conditioning next spring, but it also promotes your unit’s efficiency and life expectancy.

For dependable, experienced assistance with the air conditioning tasks outlined above, reach out to Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing. Our team provides top-notch service to help our customers avoid HVAC trouble all year-round. With Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing by your side, you’ll enjoy the peace of mind 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. Always remember, taking care of your air conditioner today is the best way to enjoy a cooler, more comfortable tomorrow!

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