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 I knew the house was outdated.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.
As the temperatures start to drop, you will find that you are using your air conditioning system less frequently and your furnace more often. However, failing to use your air conditioner for months at a time can actually harm it. To keep this from happening, you want to do everything that you can to protect it from harm over the winter. Here are three things you can do to keep your AC in tip-top shape so that it is near-ready to go once spring and summer come along next year.
Keep the AC Unit Covered
Invest in an HVAC cover or tarp that you can place over the AC unit outside during the wintertime. This cover will help protect the unit from multiple outside elements. Leaves, twigs, and debris can get caught in the vents or condenser coil. Ice and snow can cause damage to the blades. Also, dripping water, fallen icicles, or overhead trees can result in damage to the unit. Therefore, a cover continues to be one of the best ways to offer protection for your AC.
Cover the Pipes
Just as it is important to cover the primary air conditioning unit, you should also cover the exterior pipes with foam covering. This foam acts as an insulating barrier and helps to prevent humidity from freezing. If the pipes freezer, they could potentially burst. Therefore, insulation helps to protect the AC throughout the winter as freezing temperatures are a serious risk.
Wash Ahead of the First Frost
It is important that your air conditioning unit gets a good, thorough cleaning. This can be done with a water hose and a bristle brush. Keep in mind that this cleaning should be done during the fall prior to the temperatures getting too low. Remove branches, leaves, nests, animal droppings, and all other types of debris during this cleaning. The cleaner your unit is, the better it will store throughout the winter (and the better it will perform). Make sure that you allow the unit to dry fully prior to covering it up.
The aforementioned tips will help you protect your air conditioning system throughout the winter and ensure it is ready to use once spring comes back around. If you aren't comfortable performing these tasks on your own or feel like more thorough maintenance is necessary, then you should get in touch with an air conditioning service in your area for assistance.