How to Protect Your Air Conditioner During the Winter

During the cooler months of winter, air conditioning may very well be the last thing on your mind. However, winter doesn’t last forever, and before you know it, spring and summer are right around the corner, bringing hot sweltering days with it. That is why it so important to ensure your air conditioner is prepared during the winter months so that it is up and running as soon as spring and summer begin. The following are a few things to do during the winter to prepare your air conditioner and keep it running as efficiently as possible.

Inspect Your Unit

During these cooler months, your air conditioner may be turned into a temporary home for small animals like birds and squirrels, seeking shelter from the cold. It is, therefore, important to make sure your unit has no cracks or visible openings where there shouldn’t be, as these make it quite easy for pests and other animals to come inside. Other debris and dust can also get collected if the unit is not properly secured, so it is wise to inspect your unit every so often.

Clean Up Any Debris

This, of course, includes any dust or other materials that may accumulate inside your air conditioning unit over time. Twigs and small rocks can get easily lodged in the inner workings of your air conditioning system.  If allowed to continue to collect, you may experience a severe loss in efficiency when it is time to use your air conditioner.

Insulate Your Air Conditioner’s Pipes

Pipes can crack under severely cold temperatures, requiring unwanted repairs and possibly even an entire replacement of the unit if the damage is too extensive. To avoid this, it is important to cover all pipes in your unit with foam or other approved material to ensure they can withstand the cold.

Repair Damages and Get Your Unit Serviced

General wear and tear of your unit are simply inevitable. Coils may begin to become loose or start to degrade, filters may become clogged, or your unit simply may need to be serviced by a heater technician. Generally, air conditioner repairs tend to be cheaper during the cooler months, and the amount of time that you may spend indoors will give ample time to find a good deal on having your unit upgraded or fixed.

Cover the Outside of Your Unit or Remove It

Obviously, the best way to prepare your air conditioner for winter is to ensure that your unit doesn’t have to face the harsh conditions outside in the first place. Most air conditioners these days can be easily unhinged from windows and brought inside for storage until warmer days come around. However, if removing your air conditioner is simply not an option, you can also have your unit covered on the outside to offer a bit more protection and durability.

Final Thoughts

A broken air conditioner is a hassle to deal with once warmer months come around. Therefore, it’s necessary to check up on the unit once in a while when you’re not using it, protecting it from the harsh elements outside, and possibly even getting an upgrade to ensure that once warmer months come around, you’re ready.

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