Winter Is Coming – Time To Shut Down The AC

Air Conditioning season is coming to an end. What does that mean for your air conditioning unit? Is there anything that you need to do when the time comes to stop using it? Here, you'll find the best course of action to take to prepare for the upcoming winter.

Central Air Units

If your home is cooled by a central air conditioning unit, you won't need to do too much to get things ready to shut down for winter. Basically, you need to clear the weeds from around the unit and clean things up a bit.

If you're experienced with working on the unit, you should remove the grill and give the visible components a quick cleaning. Carefully inspect the wiring to spot any breaks and look for any other damage that may need some attention.

Window Air Conditioning Units

Window air conditioning units must be removed from the windows, cleaned and stored for the winter. As long as you store it in a dry area, it should be good to go for you next year without any issues. Make sure that you get the filter as clean as possible before storing.

When do you need professional assistance?

Many people only have their air conditioning units serviced when they don't work like they should. This is a mistake. Instead of waiting for something to break, have the system serviced at both the beginning and the end of the year.

Why does it need to be maintained twice a year? All of the critters that could make the unit home over the winter, all of the freeze and thaw cycles that it will go through, and the fact that it will sit idle for months, are all reasons why you need the pre-use service.

The after season service will help to identify anything that is about to go wrong, will give a technician a chance to clean any mold and mildew that is growing inside, and it will extend the life of your system which will save you money over the years.

Taking care of your air conditioning system is much like taking care of yourself. You go to the doctor for check-ups just like your air conditioning needs some attention even when it isn't sick. Talk with your local HVAC technician about scheduling a maintenance visit for your equipment. While they are there, they can get your furnace all ready to go to keep your home nice and toasty warm throughout the harsh winter months. Visit a contractor like Sunshine Heating Air Conditioning Incorporated to learn more.