Here in Douglas, winter doesn’t come until much later than our northern neighbors. Though, when it does come, it comes quickly and with some powerfully cold weather. November and December can easily dip below freezing, so you’ll need to make sure that your heater is up to snuff and ready to combat the cold temperatures. However, we’re not here to talk about that in this blog post.
Instead, we’re going to talk about how you can quickly and effectively store your outdoor air conditioning unit so it is safe and secure until next spring. Otherwise, depending on how brutal the precipitation is or how chilly the temperatures get, you could be dealing with expensive AC repair in Douglas, GA when next summer rolls along.
So, what can you do to minimize the risks of any AC problems while preparing for the winter?
Homeowners would like to just forget about their air conditioners as if they went away on vacation while the cold fronts came in. As much as we wish that were the case, it’s important to store your air conditioner properly and prepare it for winter as best you can.
Shut it Off
Finding the circuit on your air conditioner can be a bit of a challenge, but we implore you that it’s worth the search. Usually found under a metal or plastic lid, there is a switch that controls the circuitry of your AC. Flipping this switch to off will keep your air conditioner from turning on when a warm day appears in the middle of winter. If there’s snow or water around your system, it could accidentally draw it into the system when it turns on, creating some major problems down the line when it freezes and expands.
Clean Your System
Before it gets cold, make sure to hose your outdoor unit off, cleaning it of bird droppings, dead bugs, dirt, and dust. Remove any debris like leaves and branches from the immediate vicinity of the system. Not only can these slowly creep inside your air conditioner due to wind and rain, but they serve as food and nesting material for any birds or rodents that might cause harm to your system.
Cover Your AC with Something Waterproof
This is a pretty straightforward tip, but we highly recommend it. Whether it’s a fitted air conditioning cover or just a tied down tarp, this will help keep water, snow, and ice from entering your AC during any winter storms. This extra layer of protection can make all the difference.
Insulate Exterior Piping
If there are any exposed pipes connected to your air conditioner, you’re going to want to make sure they’re insulated and protected from precipitation. You’d be surprised what harm a small amount of water and a couple of hours below freezing can do to a few exposed pipes. Insulation can help hold any exposed pipes in place from windy or stormy weather, as well as separate them from any water that might otherwise come in contact with them.
If you need help removing debris or require other ways to keep your AC safe during the winter, contact our professional team for the best HVAC care possible.
Call your neighborhood technicians today at AAction Air Conditioning & Heating Co. Inc. Allow us to do a quality job at a fair price!