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Don’t Neglect Your Air Conditioner this Winter

As the crisp chill of autumn begins to flow through the air, you know winter will arrive soon. Now’s the time to spare a few moments to ready your air conditioner for the off-season. Shutting down your AC as summer winds down guards it against severe winter weather that could shorten its life span. A few easy 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 conditioner often can become filled with fallen leaves and pine cones. This is a good time to put on your work gloves, get rid of this debris and gently wash out the outdoor condensing unit. Ensure the outside temperature is adequately above freezing before using the garden hose to clean out the unit. Then, take out any tenacious leaves or twigs that remain jammed in the nooks and crannies and perform a final sweep around the unit. This helps protect against winter winds from blowing debris back into or underneath your AC unit.

Maintain the AC Unit

If you overlooked setting up seasonal air conditioning maintenance last spring, it’s still not too late! Arrange to have a certified technician conduct an AC tune-up before it gets too cold outside. This tune-up and inspection includes checking the refrigerant level and testing for leaks, checking 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 catches minor issues before they grow into expensive problems.

Disconnect Your Air Conditioner

When you’re sure you have used your air conditioner for the last time during the hot summer months, find the condensing unit’s exterior power switch. Lift up the protective cover, flip the switch off and make sure to push the lid down again. This straightforward action stops 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 could cause permanent damage.

Examine the Exterior Unit

Powering down yourair conditioning equipment after the cooling season calls for more than just flicking off a switch. It’s also important to take a good look at the outdoor unit’s condition. Check for cracks, dings, rust or other visible issues. Make sure that all seals and insulation are secure and everything looks in order. If you identify a concern, call a qualified technician to service the air conditioner before the issue escalates. This preemptive measure helps you reduce the chances of any unpleasant surprises when you fire 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 technique often causes more problems than it solves. Moisture can condense on the unit through the plastic, stopping evaporation and encouraging rust or mold development. Rodents might even view your covered AC unit as a lovely spot to build a winter den, and also bite through essential wiring and provide you with an unwelcome repair bill in the spring.

Despite all this, shielding 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 a piece of plywood weighed down with a brick or large rock to ensure the wind doesn’t blow it away. Leaving the outdoor unit’s sides subjected to the winter elements should not cause any damage.

Routinely Inspect the Unit

Once your air conditioner is correctly winterized, you can’t simply ignore your cooling system 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 necessary and remove any leaves or pine needles stuck in the condensing unit. Routine winter care helps protect against any nasty scenarios come spring.

Schedule Air Conditioning Service Today in the U.S.

Preparing your AC for icy and snowy weather may not be the most glamorous task, but the benefits are considerable. Not only does it reduce the chances of pricey repairs and delays when you want air conditioning next spring, but it also boosts your unit’s efficiency and length of service.

For dependable, expert assistance with the air conditioning tasks outlined above, contact Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing. Our team provides superb service to help our customers prevent HVAC trouble all year-round. With Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing by your side, you’ll enjoy the satisfaction 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 air conditioning unit today is the best way to enjoy a cooler, more comfortable tomorrow!

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