As the warm days of summer fade into the crispness of fall and the winter chill approaches, it’s time to shift your focus from keeping your home cool to preparing your air conditioning (AC) unit for the colder months ahead. Properly prepping your AC for winter can help extend its lifespan, prevent damage, and ensure a smooth start when summer returns. Hal Mechanical presents a comprehensive guide on how to prepare your AC unit for the winter season that we at Hal Mechanical has prepared.
Turn Off & Disconnect Power
The first step is to turn off the power supply to your AC unit. This can typically be done by switching off the circuit breaker dedicated to the AC unit. Afterward, disconnect any power connections to prevent accidental activation during the winter.
Clean AC Condenser Unit
Before winter sets in, give your AC unit a thorough cleaning. Remove debris, leaves, and any other buildup from the unit’s exterior and interior components. A clean unit is less likely to harbor moisture, which can lead to corrosion and damage over time.
Cover AC Condenser Unit
Invest in a weatherproof cover specifically designed for AC units. This cover will shield the unit from snow, ice, and other winter elements that can cause damage. Make sure the cover is securely fastened to prevent wind from blowing it away.
Trim Vegetation Away from AC Condenser Unit
Trim any branches, bushes, or plants around the AC unit. This not only prevents debris from falling onto the unit but also ensures adequate airflow when it’s in use again.
Insulate Exposed AC Pipes & Components
If there are exposed pipes or components on your AC unit, consider insulating them with foam pipe covers or other appropriate materials. This prevents freezing and potential damage caused by extreme cold.
Clean or Replace Air Filters
Before shutting down your AC for the winter, clean or replace the air filters. This ensures that when you start using the unit again, you’ll have clean and unobstructed airflow.
Clear AC Drainage System
If your AC unit has a condensate drain, make sure it’s clear of any blockages. A clogged drain can lead to water buildup that might freeze and cause damage.
Check for Pest Entry Points
Inspect the AC unit for any openings or gaps that pests might use to seek refuge from the cold. Seal these entry points to prevent unwelcome critters from taking up residence in your AC unit.
Store AC Remote Controls
If your AC system uses remote controls or other devices, store them indoors to protect them from the cold and potential moisture.
Schedule Professional AC Maintenance
Consider scheduling a professional HVAC technician to inspect and service your AC unit before winter arrives. They can ensure that the unit is in good condition, address any issues, and provide recommendations for winterization.
Document the AC Winterization Process
Take photos or notes of the steps you take to winterize your AC unit. This will be helpful when you’re ready to start using it again in the spring.
Set a Reminder for Spring AC Maintenance
As you prepare your AC for winter, set a reminder to revisit these steps in the spring before you start using the unit again. This will ensure a smooth transition from winter to summer cooling.
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Properly winterizing your AC unit is an investment in its longevity and efficiency. By taking these steps, you can rest assured that when the temperatures rise once more, your AC will be ready to provide the cool comfort you need. Though the Las Vegas weather can take the warm season well into fall, it is good to know the basic procedure to prepping the AC for dormancy. If you need repairs, maintenance, replacement, or installation services, call Hal Mechanical and we will take care of the rest.