Winter is coming, and if you’re not planning on using your air conditioner for heating purposes, you could spend some time to maintain the system and prepare it for winter. That is called “winterizing”. It includes a list of things that need to be done in order to prevent your system from deteriorating. Of course, all of that is only in case you are not using the system during the cold season. If you want to save your maintenance expenses, then this is the thing to do. It will help protect your unit from rust, corrosion, frost, and so on. As an air conditioning contractor, this is what I suggest you do:
- When getting your system prepared for winter, the first thing you should do is shut it off and unplug it from the power grid. That way, there won’t be any chance of electrical problems. Besides, you won’t be using it, so why leave it plugged in? Also, there are plenty of maintenance and cleaning procedures ahead that should be performed without moisture around.
- When it comes to liquids, unplugging it from the electrical supply can be crucial. You may also need to drain the unit of all other fluids too. You don’t want it to freeze and cause any damage to your system.
- Air conditioning units usually get clogged with a lot of dust and debris. So, wait for a warm and sunny day, and clean that out with a hose or any other suitable tools. Most of that dirt contains bird droppings, leaves, dust, branches, dead bugs, and so on. Some of these things can block the air ways and get in the way of your coils, so make sure you remove them.
- Also, AC units have a lot of exterior pipes that could freeze or get damaged in some way. Sadly, deterioration can lead to further problems that will most certainly require the attention of an air conditioning contractor. We recommend you use an insulation to protect the pipes and duct tape to make them watertight.
Lastly, we suggest you cover the outside unit too. Wrap it with plastic or whatever you choose. Just make sure it’s waterproof.
If you ever need a good air conditioning contractor, then just give Brite Electric & HVAC of Longwood, FL a call! Reach us at (407) 431-0124!