Winter: Off-season AC Maintenance

As winter looms around the corner, folks everywhere are going to be keeping their air conditioning at bay. However, you’ve got to think about this for a moment: what happens to your AC unit during the few months it isn’t used at all?

Your air conditioner has a lot of moving parts, and when they don’t get to do what they were designed for, they start accumulating dust, debris, and other weather-related elements. This of course cuts back on its shelf life over the years, unless you take a few simple preventive measures.

Clear Debris

Remove any leaves or branches that may have found their way in or around your condenser unit. Excessive debris adds moisture which leads to mold or cause a freeze up in very cold weather. If this happens to find its way into your system, it can wreak havoc on the heat exchanger and result in damage to your system that can be easily prevented.

Use a hose

After removing debris from the unit, a high-pressure hose does a nice job of flushing out any dirt that may have settled in your system.

Keep it off

Since you won’t be using your AC unit during winters, you might as well keep it off. Unplug the main supply from the wall outlet. Having the main supply plugged in the wall outlet consumes electricity unnecessarily in addition to the risk of electronic components getting fried in case of a power surge or thunderstorm.

These steps aren’t even that time-consuming and go a long way in ensuring your AC’s in top tip shape by the time summers come knocking on your door.