When summer ends, many people just stop using the air conditioner, and then don't do anything else. That is, they don't do any of the necessary shutdown steps that should be handled to get your system ready for winter hibernation. This article explains how you can prepare your AC system, particularly the main air conditioning cabinet, for winter.
Covering the Air Conditioner
One of the most important things to do is to actually cover your AC unit during the winter. This is even more important for people who live in climates where it snows and rains a lot. Most air conditioners will come with a cover. If you don't have your original cover, you can buy a replacement for less than $50. Having a heavy duty and waterproof cover will protect your air conditioner, prevent it from wearing down, and definitely help it to last longer. But, this is just the basic starting point. There are a few other small things you can do to protect your air conditioner, particularly the cabinet outside.
When covering your unit, also make sure that you cover any of the vital connections between it and the walls. If these connections are left uncovered, there is definitely a greater risk of them getting broken or disconnected. If this happens, and then your system is exposed for several months, you could have some problems, blockages inside your ducks, and a number of other problems.
Shutting Down The Unit
It is possible to shut the power off to your unit while it is not in use. Most air conditioners will have a separate breaker box that is usually attached to the wall or the back of unit. So, you can shut off the power without affecting any of the other electrical components around it.
Cleaning the Unit
The end of summer is the smartest time to clean your air conditioning unit. You don't want to let dirt and dust sit on the unit for several months. It can cake onto the surface and become much harder to remove. First of all, you can wipe down all of the exterior surfaces, and spray out the exterior metal walls. These walls are connected to the condenser unit, so if they are cleaner, it will eventually help with the productivity of your air conditioner.
When your system is cleaned and prepped for winter, it will be ready for the next summer. If you have decided that it's time to upgrade or replace your AC system, get in touch with local HVAC contractors for AC replacement.