Come wintertime, you don't need to have your air conditioner running. You want to make sure that you can get it ready for the next spring and summer so that you can have the cool air that you want. That means that you are going to want to make sure that you shut it down correctly so that it will be in good shape the next year. So, what should you do?
Consider Covering It
One thing that you need to do is to consider putting a cover on the outside part of your air conditioner. That will help keep damage from happening to your air conditioner. You can go to a home improvement store and buy a cover to put on it. These covers are generally stretchy and can stretch to fit several different kinds and styles of air conditioners. You may also be able to find one that is made especially for your make and model of air conditioner.
Clean the Debris Out
Before you cover it up, you should clean it off. That means making sure that there is nothing like twigs, dirt, grass, or anything else trapped in the air conditioner. It's pretty easy for you to clean it out. The first thing that you need to do is to pick out all the big stuff. Once you get all the big debris out, grab your hose. Then you can spray it down to get the rest of the dirt off the air conditioner. If you are going to do that, make sure that it's not cold outside. You don't want anything to freeze because that would cause some damage. You also don't want to have a high-power spray going on the air conditioner because it could damage the fins in the air conditioner. Start at the top and work your way down. If you start at the bottom and work your way up, you are just washing dirt down onto the areas where you have already cleaned. You end up doubling up on your work that way.
You want to make sure that when it comes time to cool your house back down next year that your air conditioner is in good shape. That means that you want to shut it down correctly so that it will start up just fine the next year. It's a pretty quick and easy process, but it is totally worth it.
For more information, contact an air conditioning professional.