Preparing your air conditioning system for winter should take 20 to 30 minutes at most, and this quick and simple process will protect your equipment from potential damage caused by colder conditions. Winterizing your unit can help avoid extensive problems and will likely reduce your chance of needing Spring AC services when temperatures start to climb when winter is over.
- Turn Off the Power
Here in Houston, we can have some chilly days in the heart of winter. While we don’t experience significant snowfall, this can cause rust to develop on the unit and possibly lead to additional Spring AC services. However, the relatively mild climate creates a number of problems of its own. If you don’t reprogram your thermostat inside, your air conditioner may turn on in January if the temperature climbs up into the 70s during the day. Many malfunctions occur when air conditioners kick back on after periods of prolonged inactivity and may require extensive Spring AC services. You can avoid these on-off cycles by turning off the circuit breaker or removing the disconnect typically found in a small plastic or metal box by the outdoor condenser unit.
- Clean the Outdoor Unit
Twigs, leaves, and dirt can clog your system if you let it sit all winter. To clean your unit, spray the system with a garden hose using one of the stronger jet settings. Be sure to allow the unit to completely air dry before turning it back on.
- Install a Protective Cover
Vinyl and plastic air conditioner covers are an inexpensive way to keep yard debris from piling up in your outdoor condenser unit during the winter. Many covers come with integrated elastic straps to secure them, but for further protection, you may want to double up with bungee cables or even a more durable vinyl rope.
- Tidy It Up Weekly
Your new cover will keep yard debris out of the unit itself, but the debris can pile up on top of the cover and along the sides of the unit. Every week or two, you can clean off the unit itself and the small area around it on the ground to avoid unnecessary build up.
- Protect Any Exposed Pipes
Copper pipes won’t rust, but they don’t hold up particularly well against regular freeze-thaw cycles. Fortunately, most air conditioners only have a few feet of exposed copper pipe outside of the home. To protect yours, you can buy foam pipe insulation and cut it to match the length of the copper pipe. The attached adhesive strip should be enough on its own to keep it in place, but you can also use some weather-resistant tape along the seam.
Want more tips to help avoid an extensive Spring air conditioning repair call when temperatures increase? Check out the Spring AC repair professionals at Air Depot for further information by calling us at 281-477-3700 today!