Managing Your HVAC System

Summer Is Winding Down: 3 Ways To Get Your AC Ready For The Change

Now that summer is almost officially over, it's time to start prepping your home for winter. You may still be using your air conditioner, but that will probably change in a few weeks. Once you stop using your air conditioner, you'll need to schedule a service appointment. During the service appointment, the HVAC technician will check for problems that need to be addressed. You might think that's all you need to do for your air conditioner, but that's not the case. There are still three things you'll need to do to protect your air conditioner this winter. 

Turn the Power Off to Unit

When the cold weather finally settles in, you'll switch your thermostat over to heat. If you're like most people, you think that's all you need to do. But, there's actually one more thing you need to do. You need to turn the power off at the unit. Turning the power off at the AC unit will prevent unexpected cycling. It will also help to avoid wasted energy. That's because the unit is still pulling electricity while the power is on. Simply locate the main circuit box attached to the outside AC unit, and flip the switch to the off position. If you can't locate the circuit box, contact your HVAC company. They can come out and turn the power off for you.

Protect the Pipes

If winter temperatures drop into the freezing range in your area, don't forget about the pipes. You may insulate the plumbing pipes in your home, but there are other pipes you need to worry about. Those pipes are attached to your air conditioner. Freezing temperatures can affect those pipes as well. To prevent damage caused by freezing temperatures, insulate the exposed pipes on your air conditioner before winter arrives. 

Perform Weekly Inspections

Finally, once you get your air conditioner ready for winter, don't forget to check on it from time to time. Your air conditioner will actually need weekly inspections throughout the winter. During your inspections, pay close attention to the wires. Pests such as squirrels and rodents may chew through the wires during the winter. You also want to check the cover for signs of damage. If you see holes or chew marks, take the cover off and check for nesting material. You don't want pests to use your air conditioner as a winter home. If you see damage, call for repairs right away.

To learn more, contact a resource that offers air conditioning services.