Tips For Winterizing Your Air Conditioner

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When summer comes to an end and you start to prepare your home for the long, cold winter, don't forget to give a little bit of love to your air conditioning unit. While you won't be using it any time soon, you'll want to take the necessary time to prepare the unit for storage during the winter months. Doing so can give you peace of mind when spring rolls around and you start to prepare your home for the hot summer days. Here are some tips to help ensure that during the first hot day of summer, all you need to do is turn on your air conditioner and bask in its coolness. 

Cover and Protect

If you have portable window air conditioners, make sure you remove them before the cold weather sets in. Covering them and keeping them in place all season long is not good for your unit, and you'll end up with drafts around the window which will waste energy when trying to heat your home. Store the units in a dry safe place.

For your outdoor units, clean all debris and dirt off the unit, and hose it down with a pressure washer. Once the air conditioner is completely dry, secure it with a tarp or fitting air conditioner cover. A few times throughout the winter, you should head outside and make sure the cover is still snug around the unit. If snow has built up on top of the air conditioner, brush that off. And sticks or other debris that has accumulated on top of the unit should be cleared away as well.

It's a good idea to install foam pipe covers around any exterior pipes that are exposed to the elements. This helps to protect them from temperatures that drop below freezing. 

When Spring Arrives

When the snow has finally cleared and the time has come to prepare the unit for use again, you'll want to make sure you clean your air conditioner thoroughly. Be sure to place a new filter in the unit, and clean out all the air ducts so they are free of any dust and debris. Do a test run early on to ensure the air conditioner works properly. If you find any issues, call an air conditioner repair specialist, such as Springer Bros Air Conditioning-Heating LLC. The longer you wait, the more difficult it will be to find an available repair person once peak cooling season has begun. 

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