As summer comes to a close, many of us will be thinking more about the upcoming heating season than about air conditioner repair, but you need to make sure you close down your AC system properly and get it prepared for when the weather starts to warm up again in a few months. It shouldn’t be too hard, time-consuming, or expensive to shut down your air conditioner at the end of the cooling season, so don’t ignore this important step while getting your home ready for fall.
Some steps should be taken by a technician experienced in air conditioner repair in Toledo OH, but many of them you can do yourself, to save your time and money. First off – and this should also be done once a month during the cooling season – make sure your filter is clean and replaced. It may be all right to simply remove the filter at the end of summer, rinse it off, then replace it when it’s dry. Storing your AC in this way during the winter will be fine, but don’t forget to replace the filter in the spring. You can rinse out the coils in your AC unit with a garden hose to remove dirt and debris. Commercial AC coil cleaning products are also available at HVAC supply stores. This will help to keep rust from forming inside the unit, and parts from breaking down. Once a year, you should have your AC unit serviced by a professional in air conditioner repair and he can clean out the AC drain and inner workings to get it ready to use again in the spring.
It’s important to keep obstructions, such as foliage and yard decorations, and draperies indoors if you’re using a window unit, 12 to 15 inches away from the unit so nothing blocks the air flow. This maintenance should be done year round when necessary. To keep your home free from hot or cold drafts and keep your heater as well as your air conditioner from working too hard, seal any leaks around your doors or windows with caulk.
Finally, you might want to consider covering your outside air conditioner unit with a heavy-duty cover during the winter months. Covering your air conditioner may protect it from the weather and dampness, as well as anything getting caught in the coils. An expert in air conditioner repair can tell you whether your AC unit is best to cover, or if it should be all right to leave open, since sometimes covering your AC can trap moisture inside or attract animals looking to make a nest.
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