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5 Tips to Prepare Your AC for Winter

AC Unit in SnowAs winter approaches, it’s time to prepare your air conditioner for the cooler weather. Taking action to protect your air conditioner during the winter can prolong the life of your AC unit. It can prevent damage to your unit from rust, corrosion, nesting, and falling debris. Here are 5 tips to help you prepare your AC unit for the winter.

Turning the Unit Off

Turn off the power to your unit during the winter. The exterior power circuit can be found in a small box mounted to the side of your home near the unit. Turning the power off will keep your unit from coming on when there is an unseasonably warm day. It also keeps water from collecting in the unit. If the water freezes, it could damage the unit.

Cleaning the Unit

Clean your unit. This prevents the unit from getting clogged over the winter. Here are some things you can do:

  • Sweep off leaves, twigs, and other debris on or around the unit. Trim grass and bushes from around the unit, leaving a clearance of three feet on all sides. Hose off the exterior of the unit.
  • Vacuum any debris from the unit’s fins. Straighten any bent fins with a butter knife.
  • Screw off the top grill of the unit and remove the fan without disconnecting the wires. Remove debris from the unit’s interior using a damp cloth. Spray the fins from the inside with a hose. Place the fan back in the unit and put the cover back on the unit.
  • Change your air filter. A clean air filter helps to protect the components of your unit.

Inspecting the Unit

Inspect your unit for problems. Look for cracks or rust in the unit’s casing. Look around the unit for leaks. See if seals are tight and check for cracks. Listen to the compressor. If you hear an unusual noise, like a buzzing or grinding sound, contact a professional. Call a company to inspect and repair your HVAC in Cumming, GA, at the first sign of trouble. It can prevent major problems and costly repairs. You can add years to the life of your unit.

Covering the Unit

ThermostatCover your unit during the winter. This can protect the unit from the elements and debris which could fall into the unit. You can buy a cover that fits snugly over the unit at a home improvement store. You can also use a waterproof tarp. Secure the tarp with bungee cords or ropes so the wind doesn’t blow the tarp off. You can use a plastic or vinyl cover. If nothing else, place a piece of plywood over the unit and put a brick on top of the unit. Cover your pipes and wiring with foam pipe covers. Apply duct tape to keep the covers in place. The insulation will keep wires and the fluid within the pipes from freezing during the winter.

Getting Maintenance

HVAC maintenance is a great way to extend the life of your unit. Have an HVAC technician inspect your AC unit before the winter. If you get your unit in top shape going into the winter and take precautions to protect it during the coldest part of the year, your unit will be ready when spring and summer return.

Call Cool Air Mechanical at (770) 266-5247 for all your air conditioning needs. Whether you need an inspection, regular maintenance, repairs, or a new unit, our professionals provide the service you need.

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