Fall can be a bit deceiving around here. Sure, temperatures are cooling down, but we all know that a heatwave can hit at pretty much any time. Still though, once we get a few weeks further into the season, it’ll be just about time to turn our attention to our heaters.
And it is important to care for your heater. In fact, now is the perfect time to schedule maintenance for this system. Maintenance will ensure that it is able to perform efficiently and as effectively as possible this fall and winter.
But there is something else you need to think about during this seasonal transition in regards to your air conditioner. You can’t just turn off your air conditioner and leave it–you risk it suffering damage over the winter that can jeopardize its functionality when you need it again next spring. Read on as we uncover 3 tips on how to “winterize” your air conditioner once temperatures drop enough.
Step #1: Shut Off the Air Conditioner
No, we don’t mean just turn it off from the thermostat. After all, there is a possibility that your thermostat could cause your AC system to cycle on briefly during a short warm spell, which can lead to water and even ice getting sucked into the outside condenser unit.
Shutting off the AC from the actual system helps reduce the risk of electrocution in addition to potential system damage. To do this, you’ll need to locate the outside circuit to the condenser unit, which is typically close to it and under a flip lid.
Step #2: Clean Off the Condenser Unit
You might need to wash it down in order to remove dirt and grime. Clear the area around it of sticks, leaves, and branches. You’ll need the condenser to be clean before moving onto the next step. Use a low pressured hose, and wait for it to completely dry before moving on.
Step #3: Place a Waterproof Cover Over the Unit
You can find specially made condenser covers at any home supply store. There’s also nothing wrong with using a sheet of waterproof plastic that’s big enough to completely cover the condenser. You’ll want to secure this cover with bungee cords, otherwise, it can blow away in stormy or windy weather.
Following the above steps will leave your AC system in good shape for when spring comes around again. Of course, you’ll still want to schedule professional air conditioner maintenance, but you can rest assured that the system won’t sustain any additional damage over the winter. Also, don’t forget about the shut off switch! You’ll need to flip this back on next spring.
If you need any assistance shutting down your air conditioner or addressing repair needs before you do so, please don’t hesitate to call on our team. If you skipped spring maintenance this year, we can even handle that for you–consistency is more important than the time of the year!