When seasons begin to change, you'll need to winterize your AC unit so that it is prepared for the winter. You'll want to winterize your home before temperatures fall. Fall is a good time to invite experts to come and clean your vents. There are several other things you'll need to do to winterize your AC.
Turn Off the AC
There is a switch that can be used to turn your air conditioner on or off that is located on the physical unit. You'll want to flip the switch to make sure that it doesn't accidentally turn on during the winter. You want to keep water out of the air conditioning unit because it will otherwise freeze.
Clean the AC Exterior
Wash the air conditioning unit to remove bird droppings, dirt and debris. Remove any leaves, branches or grass clippings. After you have washed the air conditioning unit, allow it to dry. You can clean the air conditioning unit with a large spray bottle or with a hose. Use soap and water first and then rinse the air conditioner off before you dry it.
Clean the AC Interior
The interior portion of your air conditioning unit will likely be dirty after an entire summer season. You will need to remove dust, hair and lint from the front of the air conditioning unit. Pop the grill out and wash it with soap and water. Then, put the grill back in place. Then, your AC will be ready for colder months ahead. Don't forget to change your filters. This will help reduce allergens in your home.
Any pipes that are exposed should be covered with foam pipe covers. The foam should be the diameter of the pipe. This will insulate it and protect it from fluctuations in temperature. Whenever a pipe freezes, there's a risk that it will become damaged as the frozen pipe thaws and expands.
Cover the AC
Make sure that the HVAC system is covered with a vinyl cover. Select a cover that is waterproof. There are some that are designed specifically for air conditioning units, but you can use any plastic or vinyl cover to protect your unit.
Inspect the AC Periodically
Strong winds can cause your air conditioner to become damaged. For that reason, you might want to wrap the air conditioner with bungee cords to secure it in place. You will also want to check the air conditioner periodically to make sure that it is secure. Brush snow and ice off of the unit to protect it. Look into residential air conditioning services for regular inspections and maintenance.