September 26th, 2016
Winterizing Your Central Air Conditioner
With the cooler weather quickly coming in, one question we get asked a lot at this time of the year is how do I winterize my AC? Many customers ask if they should buy a cover, or get a tarp but to be honest we do not recommend either of those. Although a cover may look nice and give you peace of mind, truth is it could cause more harm than good come the spring.
The trouble with covering the entire AC unit is as the weather starts to warm come the spring, it can actually cause condensation within the unit and without proper ventilation can cause rust in the unit. We have also experienced customers who turned on their AC for the first time and forgot to remove the cover, yikes!
The goal for maintaining your AC unit over the winter is to ensure that you keep out any debris (Leaves, ice, etc.) from getting into the top of the unit where it can build up around the fan and condenser. The best way to do this is simply to cut out a piece of wood (something thinner like plywood) to cover the top of your unit, and then place something heavy on top of the wood so it stays in place.
This way the inside of the unit stays clear, you avoid debris and condensation and if you accidentally in the spring it won’t be the end of the line for your unit. Having your unit serviced in the Spring before turning it on is also recommended to extend the life and ensure maximum efficiency!