How to prepare your air conditioner for winter

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Now that summer’s over, your furnace will be the star of the show.

Furnaces will get all the attention; all our blogs for the next few months will be written about them, and nobody will care about air conditioners anymore. Well, we’re here to remind you that air conditioners need some love too.

It’s easy to forget about them. Especially, since they are piled under a blanket of snow at the side of your house. Nonetheless, it’s important to understand that without proper care, your air conditioner might not be the same come next summer. Luckily, we have one last air conditioner blog before it’s time to turn on your heating system.

Here are the top three things you can do to prepare your air conditioner for winter:

To cover or not to cover. 

One of the most highly debated topics on preparing your air conditioner for winter is whether or not you should put a cover on top of it. On the one hand, covers protect your system from debris, falling ice and other build-ups that can get lodged in your system over the winter. On the other, covers can cause air flow problems that trap moisture in your system or create a cozy home for an animal looking to stay warm – both of which can lead to damaged parts. Please wipe down the unit prior to placing your cover on.

When it comes down to it, the decision is up to you. We recommend purchasing a cover designed to allow ventilation. This will protect your system from the elements and avoid moisture issues. Ensure you take the cover off the following year in April, this lets the unit breathe and allows you the ability to test it prior to the start of the season.

Cut the power.

Your air conditioner has a power outlet in a small box attached to the wall, it’s best to shut this off during the winter. It’s unlikely that there are any electrical problems over the winter, but it is best to keep your machine off so that it doesn’t turn on before you want it, especially if you have it covered. This could lead to problems with the system that could cause major damage it if not taken care of beforehand.

Have your equipment serviced.

It’s best to have your system serviced for many reasons. Some clients prefer to have this performed at the beginning of the season; others at the end of the season just before covering it and shutting off the power. Either scenario ensures that your system will be ready when you need it next summer.

Ensure your air conditioner is ready for hibernation by scheduling service with HAMCO today!

 

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