October has arrived, and we’ll soon be getting some heavy winter weather. You may have gotten your heat ready for the winter, but what about your AC? There’s the indoor unit, but the outdoor condenser will be exposed to the elements. If you want to enjoy the summer next year, you’ll want to properly shut down your AC. At Jones Services, we can give you a step-by-step guide to protecting your AC.
Here’s how you properly shut down your AC:
Fix up any damage
Before you start shutting down your AC, make sure that it doesn’t need any repairs. If there are any problems, you’ll want to have us fix them so they don’t linger over the winter. It’s never a good idea to ignore any problems for so long.
Turn the condenser off
Other than repairs, shutting down your AC mostly involves working with the outdoor condenser. The condenser can turn itself on if there’s a warm spell during the winter. If this happens, it can get damaged when it sucks in ice and snow. That’s why you need to disconnect the condenser from your home’s power. To do that, find the AC unit’s breaker switch on the side of the house or near the condenser and switch it off. Don’t forget about the switch, because you’ll have to turn it back on when you want to use the AC again.
Spruce up the condenser
Now that the power is off, it’s worth cleaning up the condenser a bit. Sweep away any debris around or on the condenser with a broom. From there, use a light spray from your hose to clean off the outside cabinet. While it dries, check if the filter needs replacement, ensure the condenser’s seals are tight and look for any visible damage. If there is any damage, we’re capable of fixing it if you let us know.
Cover the condenser
When the condenser is dry, all that’s left is to cover it with a water-proof cover and secure it with bungee ropes. Both of these can be bought at your local hardware store if you don’t own them. Also, you can use a water-proof tarp for a cover as long as it covers the entire condenser.
Why get Jones Services to help me keep my AC healthy?
At Jones Services, we’ve provided services since 1986, and our results – and the number of loyal and satisfied customers we have – speak for themselves. At Jones Services, we have more than 25 employees who are standing by to meet your plumbing, heating, electrical, and air conditioning needs. We have the best service professionals in the tri-state area and we will ensure your job is completed effectively and efficiently, and your home will be treated with respect. Call us today to learn more about preparing your home for the winter!