When I married my husband ten years ago, I reluctantly agreed to move into the older brick home he already owned. I knew the house was outdated. Unfortunately, I didn’t have any experience renovating an older place. Immediately, I noticed the old central air conditioning unit in the home. After thoroughly inspecting the equipment, I was afraid the ancient unit wouldn’t make it through my first summer in my new place. Thankfully, I was wrong. After ten years, this same air conditioning system is still running smoothly. However, it has received some diligent care from a reputable HVAC contractor over the years. On this blog, you will discover the ways an HVAC contractor can restore an older air conditioning unit.
If you live in a region that experiences weather that is cold enough where you will not be using the central air conditioner during the winter months, you will need to properly prepare your air conditioner for these months of inactivity. This way, you will have a better shot at it keeping in tip top shape for when you are ready to turn it back on during the summer. Here are some of the things you need to do to get everything taken care of:
Get It Turned Off And Disconnected
Before you do anything else, you need to turn off the central air conditioner and then disconnect it from the main power source. There should be a switch or an electrical breaker that powers just that unit. Once it is turned off properly, you can then begin to do other work.
Clean It Up
It is vital to make sure that you are doing everything you can to clean up your central air conditioner so it is free of debris, such as leaves, dirt, little sticks, and dead bugs. Use a standard garden hose to spray off the central air unit and then allow it to air dry. You do not want any moisture to be left on or within it.
Cover It Tightly
You will not want to leave the central air conditioning unit out in the open all winter long. If it is left uncovered, snow and ice can get into the unit and cause some problems with wiring or controls. Therefore, you will want to cover it with a large cover, such as a tarp or an air conditioning cover. If you are using a tarp, it is best to make sure that you are taking some extra precautions to tie it down. You can use rope or bungee cords, or you can simply secure the tarp in place with some heavy rocks. This will ensure that the cover will remain in place even in the strongest of wind storms.
Should you need some assistance with prepping your central air conditioning before winter arrives, you will want to contact a skilled HVAC technician. He or will be able to winterize your unit and ensure that your air conditioning unit is in the best shape possible so it is ready to go whenever you turn it back on. This will ensure that you will not have as many problems with the unit once summer comes, as you would have if it was left unprepared.