Get your air conditioner ready for winter

acRaking leaves, holiday decorations, football games.  There’s a lot to do in the Fall, but one thing you definitely don’t want to ignore is getting your air conditioner units prepped for a cold Connecticut winter.  It doesn’t take a lot of time to winterize your equipment, but it will save you a few headaches down the road and maybe a few visits from me!

Make sure it’s still warm enough to have a working hose.

Large outdoor A/C units:

Here’s what to do :

  • Clear the outside unit of any obstructions. Twigs, branches, leaves, and plant debris should all be cleared.  You want to make sure there is plenty of room around the unit.
  • After turning off power to the unit, take the a sponge and wash the outside of the air conditioner.  Be careful not to bend any of the fins.  Just get as much dirt off as you can.
  • A lot of people cover up their air conditioner units or wrap them, but this is one thing you can skip!  The units are built to take the winter and snow and rain won’t bother them.  Wrapping them may also be inviting small critters in to nest in the unit and do some damage inside.

Of course, one thing that is important is to schedule tune ups regularly so the system can be inspected.  This way, you will be less likely to be without cool air in August.

Small Window Units:

You really should take them out of their windows if possible.  Leaving them in place all winter may cause heat to escape through the gaps around the A/C and the harsh weather could damage the unit prematurely.  If removal is not possible, make sure you get a cover that protects it.  The covers are available at most home centers.

Here are a few tips to keep your window A/C problem free:

  • Make sure you have help when removing the unit.  They are awkward and heavy, especially if they are making a trip to the basement!
  • Give the unit an quick inspection.  If you see anything damaged or wires that are frayed, be sure to call the manufacturer (if under warranty) or a professional.
  • Check out the manual that came with the unit to see if they suggest any special maintenance tips.
  • Replace or clear the unit’s air filter.  This is usually done during the summer as well.
  • Clean the condenser coils, removing dust and dirt.  This will help ensure your A/C doesn’t work harder than it needs to.  The unit’s instruction manual will provide information on removing the cabinet so you can access the coils.  Clean them with warm water, being careful not to damage the delicate fins.
  • Clean the condensation pan and make sure it’s dry before storing.
  • Store the unit in a place where small critters can access it.

Of course, you can always contact us at (860) 870-8679 to come by and service your air conditioning units.