During the cold weather months, your air conditioner system is probably the last thing on your mind. Unfortunately, unless you take steps to properly prepare your system for the winter, it could suffer damage that could impact how it operates when the weather warms up. Here are some tips to prepare your system for the winter.
Clean the System
Throughout the summer months, your air conditioner system can become covered in dust and other debris. The debris can find their way into your system and clog its interior components. To maintain the integrity of your system, take the time to clean it.
The exterior of the system can be swept with a broom to remove leaves and other debris that are on it. Once you have thoroughly brushed the system, use a water hose to rinse it. Before using the hose, be sure to unplug the unit. Once the system is rinsed off, allow it to dry before proceeding.
Change the Filter
Even though your air conditioner system will not be used for months, you need to change the filter now. There are a couple of reasons that you need to make sure the filter is clean. First, you want to be sure the air conditioner is prepared for use when the weather warms up. Second, the dirt from the clogged filter can potentially damage the interior of the air conditioner system.
Cover the System and Pipes
If you are planning to leave your air conditioner system in place during the winter, you need to cover it. Covering the system helps to protect it from the elements. It also keeps snow, rain, and ice out of the system. The moisture in the system can lead to the development of rust. The cover you place over it needs to be waterproof. Check your local home improvement store for specially designed covers for air conditioner systems.
Pipes running to and from your air conditioner system also need to be protected from the cold weather. You can wrap the exposed exterior pipes with foam covers. You will need to check the coverings throughout the winter to ensure they are in place.
Talk to your HVAC services technician to find out what other steps you can take to protect your air conditioner system during the winter. He or she can inspect the system and provide you with model specific ideas for keeping your system in good shape.