Prepare Your Air Conditioner For Fall and Winter
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No one ever wants to admit it, but summer is sadly coming to an end. Here are a few tips you can follow to prepare your air conditioner for its off-season rest to ensure it comes through the long fall and frigid winter ready for another summer of hard work.
Listen For Noises
Stand next to your unit and listen closely for any loud grinding, buzzing, or clanking noises. It could be anything from a busted bearing to a worn belt, but it’s imperative that you call an HVAC expert to service your equipment. A certified technician can replace any worn or broken parts to ensure minor problems don’t cascade into total system failure.
Clean Around Your Unit
Before you shut your unit down for the season, inspect the area surrounding it. Be sure to remove any weeds, overgrown grass, and other unruly foliage. You should have at least two to three feet of space surrounding your unit, so make sure you move any objects that may have accumulated there over the summer as well.
Change The Air Filter
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again; you must regularly check and change your air filter. This is one of the most important steps you can take to prepare your HVAC system for the coming seasons. Filters should be replaced at least every 90 days, but it’s also good practice to change it at the start of every season.
Cover Your Unit
Covering your air conditioning unit is a great way to prepare it for the harsh weather ahead. If you’re unsure which cover to get, you can consult with a home comfort specialist, but the most important things to look for are proper fit, material, and ventilation. Choosing the right cover will protect your unit from the elements, and prevent any tiny critters from making your system their home during the winter.
Check-In Throughout The Off-season
Even if you take all the right steps to prepare your air conditioner for the offseason, it’s a good idea to check it periodically. Look above the unit for any large chunks of ice that could fall and cause damage to your air conditioner, and clear them safely if possible. It’s also a good idea to peek inside your unit to make sure no animals have nested or chewed wiring.
Get your air conditioner off-season ready to avoid any headaches next summer.
Contact the home comfort specialists at Fahrhall to book a maintenance appointment.
Fahrhall Home Comfort Specialists have been proudly serving the HVAC needs of the Windsor-Essex and Chatham-Kent regions for over 50 years. Our expert team of certified technicians is committed to providing our customers with reliable service and quality equipment.