Preparing Your A/C Unit for Winter: 6 Tips

As we head into autumn, we can start to enjoy the cooler days, gathering around bonfires, and lower electric bills from the air conditioner going dormant after a long, hot summer. But before you start raking leaves and heading to the orchard, there’s one last task to take care of in your Buffalo home: winterizing your air conditioner. Though it can seem like an onerous task at times, it’s far better than having to replace it in the spring. These tips will make the process go much more easily.

  1. Start early. It’s tempting to put off servicing your air conditioner for winter for as long as possible, but you don’t want to have to take care of it under threat of an incoming blizzard.
  2. Turn it all the way off. Not only at a switch or thermostat, but at the breaker box or power control box. This ensures that as you’re working on it, you get an electrical shock. 
  3. Clean it. Your AC unit will end up with dirt, leaves, and other debris around it. Clean as much off as possible with a broom, then wash it down with a hose and let it dry completely.
  4. Inspect it. The next step is looking around its exterior to see if there are any issues with corrosion, cracks, or similar damage. Check that the seals are in good shape.
  5. Insulate and cover your air conditioner. Harsh conditions over the winter can damage it, so make sure that you insulate and cover it. This helps prevent freezing, water, and blockage damage.
  6. If in doubt, call a professional. If you’re noticing anything off with it, it’s better to have a professional look at it instead of hoping for the best, so small problems are caught early.

By winterizing your air conditioner, your Buffalo home will be winter ready and you’ll be able to enjoy the rest of the year without having to worry about it. If you don’t have the time to see to this task or are concerned that you may not get it right, the experienced professionals at The Plumber Heating & Cooling are ready to help. Please contact us today to schedule your appointment or with any questions or concerns you may have.

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