It is a question that we are often asked as winter creeps closer each year. “What should I do with my AC unit over the winter?” If you use a heat pump, then you don’t have to worry about this because you’ll be using the same system to heat your home in the winter as you do to cool your home in the summer. For those using designated central air conditioners, though, it is something to consider.
Once you shut the AC down for the last time of the year, there are a few steps that you should take. Read on to learn more about how to prep your central air conditioning uni for the winter season. Then, dial our number to guarantee that your heater is ready for the coldest time of the year!
- Kill the power. Your central air conditioner runs on its own circuit, because it draws enough power to justify doing so. Near the outdoor unit there should be a covered box. Open this up, and shut off power to the unit entirely. You won’t be using the system at all for a few months, so there is no point in leaving the circuit on and letting the system leech electricity when not in use.
- Clean the cabinet. This doesn’t have to be a massive undertaking or anything too thorough. Hose it down, remove any debris, rake any leaves away from it, etc. You don’t want to leave anything around that may allow pests to nest in it, or leaves that retain moisture expediting rust.
- Cover the System. Let’s start by point out that this is a hotly contested step. Yes, AC units are designed to stay outside, so some folks will argue that there is no reason to cover them. Others will argue that you only need to cover them to protect from ice and snow, which isn’t as big a concern here as in Vermont or Minnesota. That being said, we get a lot of rainfall, and a good waterproof covering is probably worth investing in. If you choose not to cover your system, be sure to check on it every now and then to remove new debris that may have fallen or accumulated.
Be sure to schedule your heating services in Lake Stevens, WA with G & S Heating Cooling & Electric this winter.