Okay sure, Georgia may not be the first state to be covered in snow when the winter rolls around. However, the temperatures certainly do drop, and there will come a time where you won’t need to rely on your air conditioner any more this year.
We find that many homeowners aren’t exactly sure what to do with their air conditioners during the fall and winter seasons, so below, we’ve given you some steps to follow. All you’ve got to do is keep reading to find out more. (Oh, and of course, remember to schedule your HVAC services in Elijay, GA with our team!)
Follow These Steps
As we mentioned above, there are a number of steps you can follow if you wish to protect your air conditioning system during the winter:
- Make sure there are no lingering repair problems with the air conditioner. You do not want the air conditioner to go into its winter hibernation with a malfunction that hasn’t been repaired. So if you notice anything wrong with your air conditioner’s performance during the last month it was running, call for AC repairs before you do anything else. This precaution means much less to worry about in spring.
- Shut the air conditioning system off completely. It isn’t enough to change the thermostat to heating. The problem is that a brief period of warmth, or a thermostat sensing incorrect temperatures indoors, may cause the outdoor unit of the air conditioner to come on when it shouldn’t. This may draw water moisture or snow into the outdoor unit, which promotes corrosion. To turn the air conditioner off so it won’t come back on accidentally, locate the power switch outside. It’s near the outdoor cabinet under a plastic cover. Flip up the cover, turn the switch to “off,” and you’re good.
- Clean off the outdoor cabinet of the air conditioner and see that the area around it is clear of debris. This doesn’t need to be extensive. You can use a hose to wash down the cabinet (on gentle pressure; you don’t want to blast water into the grill and bend the coils) and brush off large amounts of dirt with a broom. Keeping the surrounding area free from leaves and branches will prevent them from getting blown inside the cabinet.
- Cover the outdoor condenser with a waterproof cover. You can purchase AC covers from a hardware store for this purpose, but there’s nothing wrong with using a tarp to do the job—as long as it’s waterproof. Use bungee cords and luggage ties to secure the cover in place so winter storm weather doesn’t rip it off.
You Can Always Call a Pro
If you need help “winterizing” your air conditioner, do not hesitate to call in a certified HVAC professional for assistance. Your technician will be happy to help you gear up for winter! All you’ve got to do is pick up the phone and call!
For all your heating and cooling needs, contact the team at Moody Heating and Air Conditioning.