When the weather turns cool and the season moves closer to winter, it's time to shut down your AC and think about getting your furnace ready. Your outdoor condenser can survive tough winter weather, but you can take steps to prevent damage while your AC isn't in use. Here are some things you can do to get your air conditioner ready for a long winter rest.
Have Repair Work Done If Needed
If you've been anxious for summer to end because your air conditioner has been limping along, the fall and winter months are good times to have repair work done. You can even have a new air conditioner installed in those seasons if your current system is beyond repair. Having repairs done before winter can save you from a surprise repair bill next spring when the weather is warm and you can't wait to turn the AC on to cool off. When you have the work done during cool weather, the timetable isn't as essential since you're not using the air conditioner anyway.
Clean The Condenser
Before doing anything with your air conditioner, be sure to turn off the power to it. If you've never cleaned the condenser before and don't feel comfortable doing it, then let an HVAC technician do the job. You don't have to do a deep cleaning since a technician should service your air conditioner in the spring before your AC is put into operation again. However, there are some things you can do to prevent the build-up of grime and stains from decaying leaves. Just be careful when you clean, whether you're using a stream of water from a hose, a broom, or a brush, that you don't bend any of the fins or other delicate parts.
Sweep away old leaves and twigs so they don't clump together and hold moisture against the AC and encourage rust. Also, clear the area around the condenser to reduce the risk of leaves and other debris getting inside when the wind blows.
Protect The Condenser With A Cover
You can buy a condenser cover at the hardware store that fits over your AC to keep out snow and rain that could turn to ice. If you use a makeshift cover, be sure to allow for ventilation because a plastic cover that's too tight could hold in moisture rather than allow the cage and parts to dry. It's good to check the air conditioner periodically to make sure strong winter winds haven't shifted the cover or that animals or blowing debris haven't ripped it.
Prepping your air conditioner for winter can help the AC stay in good repair, but the most essential part of AC maintenance is to have your unit serviced by a technician again in the spring before you start using the AC daily. Getting the air conditioner cleaned and serviced before summer ensures the AC is in good shape and ready to last for several months of daily use.
Contact a local air conditioning services provider for more information.
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