Wintertime in Tennessee is just around the corner. One of the things homeowners can do to prepare for the coming season is winterizing your AC unit. This process makes sure that your AC system is ready when you need it again next spring. It helps maximize the lifespan of your unit.
Take note of the following steps when you winterize your air conditioner:
Disconnect the Power
Although many individuals simply flip their thermostats to heat during the cold season, it’s a good idea to turn off the AC unit completely. Brief periods of warm weather during the winter could cause the thermostat to sense the indoor temperature correctly, which may prompt the device to switch on the air conditioner. This can draw moisture or snow into the unit and raise the likelihood of corrosion. You can prevent this from happening by:
- Locating the Electrical Circuit of the AC Unit
- Removing the Metal or Plastic Lid of the Cooling System, and
- Flipping the Switch to Cut the Power Supply
Clean the AC System
Fall weather could leave outside air conditioning units covered with droppings from migrating birds and fallen leaves. Cleaning the debris as soon as possible is an essential part of winterizing your AC unit because dirt and other unwanted elements might cause a malfunction when they sit longer on your unit. Before snow comes in, allot time to get rid of dust, dirt, dead bugs, bird droppings, grass clippings, twigs, and leaves. On top of that, rinse your unit with a garden hose. During winter, remember to remove snow and other debris from your air conditioning system, especially after a storm.
An important part of winterizing your AC unit is installing tubular or rubber foam insulation around your AC pipes to protect against freezing. When choosing insulation, go with a self-adhesive material with tees and elbows that can conform to curves and bends and form a tight seal. During the cold season, inspect your insulation periodically to make sure the material remains tight.
Cover Your HVAC Unit
While air conditioning systems can withstand snow, sleet, and rain, they offer little protection against leaves, nuts, and seeds. You can keep unwanted debris at bay by covering your unit properly.
When choosing a cover material, don’t use an old tarp. Animals may look at the sheet as a comfortable dwelling place against the harsh weather. Instead, cover your AC system with a material specifically designed for your HVAC unit, such as the ones made by Thermwell and CoverMates. Alternatively, you can use quality plastic or vinyl coverings.
Even if you’ve done a fantastic job winterizing your AC unit, you still need to inspect it every week to make sure that your HVAC system stays clean and the cover remains secure. If you find problems with any of the components, have it checked by JC’s Heating and Air, an air conditioning service provider in Knoxville. We assess your unit for issues and conduct repairs if necessary. Our professional HVAC technicians have the expertise and tools necessary to identify and fix any problem before it causes long-term damage.
Contact us today to get a quote.