For goodness’ sake — it’s December, and still, we’ve got temperatures reaching 60 degrees! But, while this may seem quite warm to our neighbors in the North, we Arizonians find it to be rather chilly, which means that we’ll finally be switching on our heaters!
But, before you go switch on that heater, it is important that you know what to do with your air conditioner. So below, we have listed some of the ways you can protect your AC during the winter — all you’ve got to do is keep reading below to find out more! Oh, and of course, remember to call our team for your air conditioning services in Temple, TX!
Just Follow These Steps!
If you wish to protect your air conditioning system over the winter, follow these steps:
- Make sure there are no lingering repair problems with the air conditioner: You do not want the air conditioner to go into its winter hibernation with a malfunction that hasn’t yet been repaired. So if you noticed anything wrong with your air conditioner’s performance during the last month it was running, call for AC repairs before you do anything else.
- Shut the air conditioning system off completely: It isn’t enough to change the thermostat to heating. The problem is that all it takes is a brief period of warmth or a thermostat sensing incorrect temperatures indoors to cause the outdoor unit of the air conditioner to come on when it shouldn’t. This may draw water moisture into the outdoor unit, which promotes corrosion. To turn the air conditioner off so it won’t come back on accidentally, locate the power switch outside. (Hint: it’s near the outdoor cabinet under a plastic cover.) Lift up the cover, turn the switch to “off,” and you’re all set.
- Clean off the outdoor cabinet of the air conditioner: You want to make sure that the area around it is clear of debris. This doesn’t need to be extensive: you can use a hose to wash down the cabinet (use gentle pressure; you don’t want to blast water into the grill and bend the coils) and brush off large amounts of dirt with a broom. Keeping the surrounding area free from leaves and branches will prevent them from getting blown inside the cabinet.
- Cover the outdoor condenser with a waterproof cover: You can purchase AC covers from a hardware store specifically for this purpose, but there’s nothing wrong with using a tarp to do the job—as long as it’s waterproof. Use bungee cords and luggage ties to secure the cover in place.
You Can Always Ask a Professional
If you are still unsure as to what you should do with your AC this winter, call in a certified HVAC pro for help. Trust us, any reputable professional will be happy to give you the help you need — all you’ve got to do is call!
For all your heating and cooling needs, contact the team at Alltek Services Heating & Air Conditioning today! Service with Pride and Quality Craftmanship.