Cleaning Your Exterior AC to Prep it for Winter

An exterior AC unit will run properly if you maintain it.We are still feeling the heat of summer. July was mild this year, but August tends to bring the heat. Escaping the heat by getting into a nice, cool, air-conditioned home makes everything seem a bit more manageable.

Even before it starts to cool off outside, it is good to have a plan for shutting down your air conditioner. Prepping or winterizing your AC unit and system can help your home transition to fall then winter and then get into next season more easily. Keeping your AC unit protected from the elements means fewer repairs and saving you money. 

Keep reading for our tips on how to clean and protect your outdoor AC unit before winter.

1. Shut Down the Power to Your AC Unit

Your first step is to shut down the power to your unit. You should find a small box on the side of your home, possibly near your AC unit. Most units will be as easy as flipping the switch to off. Making sure the power is off will keep you safe from electrical concerns while cleaning your unit. This shutdown will also keep your unit from turning on accidentally on the randomly warm days and costing you money. 

2. Clean Your AC Exterior Unit

Start with the big stuff. Sweep off leaves, small branches, or anything else on or around your air conditioner. Hose off any bird poop, dirt, or stains. Make sure any and everything is out of your unit to avoid future clogs.

3. Check out Your AC Unit

Give your unit a thorough inspection. Be on the lookout for cracks, rust, or broken lines. Any leaks are a bad sign, as are cracks in any seals. Look for the big stuff, but also consider having a heating and cooling expert like the technicians at Heaney Plumbing & Heating take a look stop by for an end of the season inspection.

4. Support Your AC Unit with Extra Insulation

Pipes don’t do well in the winter. Add foam pipe covers to any exposed piping or wiring on your outdoor AC unit. Duct tape is your friend in holding together the foam. Taking this step will help you stop your pipes from cracking, requiring a new AC unit.

5. Cover Your AC Unit

Cleaning is good, but don’t forget to cover your unit. This cover will protect your unit from any damage from the elements during the winter. Choose a vinyl or plastic cover that is waterproof so your unit will have greater safety from cracks and other damage. 

Trust the Heating and Cooling Experts to Protect Your AC Unit

Follow the steps above to help keep your AC unit from being damaged in the offseason. By running through these maintenance steps, you can start your AC unit next year with peace of mind knowing everything is in order. When you are ready for further protection, consider Heaney Plumbing & Heating to inspect and maintain your AC system. Our techs have the experience and training to keep your home comfortable year-round!

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