How to Shut Down Your AC for the Winter
We’re only a couple of weeks away from fall, and it’s time to start thinking about winter. As homeowners prepare their preferred heating sources, they should also be worried about keeping their AC units safe. You won’t be using your AC all winter and you need to shut it down and protect it from bad weather. The last thing you want is to bring out your AC next year and discover it’s broken beyond repair. If you follow our advice, you can keep your AC from being ruined by the winter weather.
Here’s how to properly shut down your AC for the winter:
Finish your last-minute repairs
Before you start shutting down your AC, you should make sure your AC doesn’t need any repairs. Letting an AC problem linger over the winter can only make it worse. If there are any problems, call us to repair it before you shut it down.
Turn off the outside power
Turning off your AC unit’s power requires more than shutting off the indoor unit. Your outdoor condenser also needs to be cut off from the electricity. If the condenser still has power, it can turn on if there’s a warm spell and suck in snow and ice, damaging it. To shut off your condenser, look on the side of your house or under a flip-up lid nearby your condenser. Turn off the switch, and your AC is shut off (don’t forget to turn it back on when you want to use it.) However, there’s still more to do.
Examine and clean your condenser
Since you’re working with the condenser, you should give it some attention. Clean away any debris around or on your condenser with a broom before washing down the outside cabinet with a low-pressure spray from your hose. While it dries off, check the condenser for any damage or broken seals. If you see any problems, let us know the next time we help you out. Also, you should make sure the filter doesn’t need replacing.
Cover up the condenser
The last thing you need to do is cover up your condenser with a waterproof cover. Your local hardware stores likely sell them, but a waterproof tarp will work if it covers the entire condenser. Make sure to use some bungee ropes to secure the cover or tarp down so it doesn’t get blown away.
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