Before you go ahead and put your AC away for the winter, there are a few helpful things you can do to make sure it’s in great condition for next summer. An improperly stored air conditioner through the winter could damage certain components of it or make the set up of it next year more difficult than it should be. Homeowners like to think that their AC is fine being left alone as is, but the truth of the matter is that some winter weather phenomena can make the storage process a little more complicated than that.
So, if you’re one of the few homeowners who are concerned with the storage of their AC and improving the lifespan of such an expensive system, then we advise you to keep reading for our end of the year AC checklist! If you perform these steps, and you’re still having AC problems as next summer rolls around, then it might be time for an AC upgrade in Raleigh, NC.
Either way, keep reading for some professional tips!
Improve the Quality of Your AC
By carrying out some of these housekeeping activities, you could be improving the quality of your AC performance as next summer approaches. Missing out on one of the following items could cause your system to run less efficiently and effectively than it would otherwise; costing you money on your utility bills.
- Clean Air Ducts and Vents. This might be a simple tip, but it’s incredibly important. By cleaning out your air ducts and the vents on your AC, you’re removing any dust and debris before storing it. Also, if your heating system is a forced-air system like a furnace, it will be using those same ducts, so you’re better off keeping them clean.
- Change Air Filter. Chances are, you’re going to forget about your dirty air filter when next summer rolls around. That’s fine, but your AC doesn’t forget. The system is going to have a harder time functioning when you take it out of hibernation if the air filter is dirty.
- Clean Around The Outside Unit. Your AC is going to need at least two feet of clean space around it to allow healthy airflow in and out. This will be easier to remember if you keep that area swept clean as the cold weather comes.
- Cover the System with a Waterproof Cover. This is just a good way of making sure that no amount of bad weather elements get into your system over the winter. Through the frost, snow, rain, mud, and hail, a waterproof cover will decrease the chances of water or debris entering the more sensitive parts of your AC.
- If You’re Storing Your AC, Store It Right-Side-Up. This is an important one. Storing an air conditioner on its side might seem fine, especially if you’re trying to fit it in your shed. However, prolonged time on its side can harm the air conditioner’s compressor, which will lead to expensive repairs in the summer.
Hopefully, these tips give you some insight on just what to do with your AC system when the cold weather rolls in. We know it can be a little awkward switching from cooling to heating, but these tips are sure to keep your system happy while it hibernates until next cooling season!
For any help with AC repairs or upgrades before next summer, make sure to contact Sloan Service Company, Inc!