Performing an AC Shutdown For the Upcoming Winter
September is here, and summer will officially turn to autumn in just over a week. While the cooler weather may be nice for many people, the weather also means we need to think about what to do with our AC. Properly performing an AC shutdown is required to help keep your AC in working condition when spring comes around. Let The Furnace Man tell you the steps necessary to properly shut down your AC for the winter weather.
Here’s how you properly perform an AC shutdown:
Finish any repairs
It’s important to make sure your AC is in good condition before you shut it down for the winter. If your AC needs any repairs done, make sure you get them done before shutting it down. If you don’t do so, you may be in for a nasty surprise when you get it inspected in the spring.
Turn the AC off
When you turn your AC off, it doesn’t simply mean turning off the power. AC units can briefly turn on in the winter if there’s a warm spell and suck in a bunch of snow and ice. The AC has to be shut off completely. To do this, find the AC unit’s breaker switch and switch it off. You’ll often find it on the side of the house or under a flip-up lid near the condenser. You’ll need to flip the switch back on in the spring, so keep that in mind when you try the AC next year and it doesn’t turn on.
Clean the condenser
After shutting off the power, you’ll want to give the condenser a good cleaning. Take a broom and brush away any debris on or around the condenser, such as leaves, branches, and roots. From there, you should use a hose to wash off the outside cabinet with a low-pressure spray. Next, check the condenser and make sure the seals are tight and not visibly damaged. If you notice any damage, keep that in mind so you can report it next time you get it serviced. This downtime is also a good opportunity to check the filter and see if it needs replacing.
Cover it up
The last step to take after the condenser dries off is to cover it with a waterproof cover. Waterproof AC covers are generally sold at any hardware store, but a waterproof tarp will work if it fully covers the condenser. Be sure to secure the cover tightly with bungee ropes so it doesn’t get blown away by the wind. With that, you’re finished with the AC shutdown.
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Even summer fans can appreciate the power of a central air conditioner or the efficiency of a ductless mini-split. We offer both systems for installation and we service all makes and models of air conditioning systems. We employ NATE and EPA–certified technicians who are highly trained to handle the various components and materials that make air conditioners tick. Also, we’re locally owned and operated, and we take our role in the community seriously. We want our customers to be pleased with our air conditioning services, and to that end, we offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee for everything that we do. Call The Furnace Man today to learn more about our AC services!