Summer is nearly over and temperatures have already started to cool down. Now is the best time to begin getting your AC unit ready for the winter season.
It may not seem like you need to do much to get your AC ready for winter. But your air conditioner needs more than just its power turned off before you put it into hibernation mode. Your heating and cooling units need year-round maintenance to keep them running efficiently when you need them most.
That said, here are a few ways you can prepare your AC unit to prevent any damage that cold weather, ice, and snow might cause.
Turn off the power to your AC unit
Before you can start cleaning your AC unit or perform any maintenance, you want to start by turning off the power to your AC. Outdoor AC units have an exterior power circuit that’s located in a small box that’s mounted to the side of your house.
Lift the cover of the box to find the switch and flip it to the “off” position, then close the lid. When you turn off your AC unit, it prevents the risk of electrocution when you’re conducting maintenance on your unit. It also prevents your AC from turning on a warmer winter day, which could damage the unit.
Clean your AC unit
Once you’ve turned off your AC, you can clean it using a broom to sweep away debris that’s on or surrounding your unit. Use a hose to wash away any bird droppings, dust, and dirt. Finally, allow your AC to dry.
When you clean your AC unit, you’re preventing the debris from clogging the unit, causing it to break down during the spring and summer when you need it.
Inspect and repair your AC unit
Your heating system isn’t the only thing that needs inspection and repair before winter arrives. After cleaning your AC unit, check for any cracks and rust that may be in the unit’s casing along with any leaks and irregularities.
Contact professional AC repair services to give your AC a thorough inspection and to make any repairs that may be necessary to prevent greater damage.
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It’s no secret that it’s important to keep your HVAC system in good shape year-round. In fact, heating and cooling account for 48% of the energy use in the average American home, making it the largest energy expense for most homes.
If you’re looking for AC repair services to ensure your air conditioner is all set for the colder months, Precision Plumbing is the place for you. For more information about our HVAC services and residential plumbing services, contact Precision Plumbing today.