Though you may be more concerned with your heating equipment with winter on the horizon, it is just as important to make sure your air conditioner is ready for the cold weather. This means protecting it from the elements so that you aren’t stuck with a non-functioning cooling system when spring arrives. Follow these tips to make sure your cooling system is protected.
- Shut Off The Power: This should be the first thing you do. Flip the main circuit for your A/C so that it can’t get accidentally reactivated at any point during the winter. By making sure it doesn’t turn on, you prevent the condensing unit from using water that can freeze when it’s cold out, causing massive damage to your equipment. It also protects you while you do any sort of work on it.
- Clean The Outdoor Unit: Before the temperatures drop below freezing, spray it down with a water hose to knock off any dirt that may be caked onto the fins. Also periodically sweep away leaves, grass, dirt and other debris.
- Inspect The Casing: Cracks in the plastic frame can let debris in that can interfere with its performance once you start using it again. If you have a metal casing, be sure there is not rust that is getting out of hand as it can deteriorate all the way through. If you find problems with either, contact an HVAC contractor to repair it.
- Cover Your Outdoor Unit: Covers that anchor to the ground are easy to find and affordable. It protects the unit from rain or snow without trapping moisture inside. You can use these year after year and the small investment will prevent you from having to pay much more on repair work.
- Periodically Check On It: Brush off any snow or ice that may be building up as the extra weigh puts unnecessary strain on it.
To learn more about how to protect your air conditioner this winter, contact Team Bob’s Heating Cooling Plumbing today.
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