Soon, it will be time to turn the AC in your home off. This means that it is time to start getting the furnace ready for the winter months. Before you start preparing your heating though, you will want to turn your AC off, and there are some things that you will want to do to winterize it. Here are some of the maintenance tasks you will want to do before turning your air conditioner off for this year:
1. Cleaning Vents And Changing Filters
One of the first things you will want to do before you turn off the AC is change the filter and clean the vents. This will not only help to prevent problems with your AC, but it can also reduce the smell of burning dust when you turn the heating on for the first time. There are even duct cleaning services that can do these tasks for you.
2. Turning Off The Main Switch For The Outdoor Heat Pump
Many air conditioning units with an outdoor heat pump have a main electrical switch. This is an electrical box near the unit. Make sure that it is turned off before you continue to the cleaning and covering steps. Turning off the main switch will also reduce power drawn from the AC even though it is not on. If it also controls your furnace, you will only want to turn it off for cleaning the unit.
3. Using A Garden Hose To Clean Off Any Debris In And Around The Unit
Once you have the main electrical service cut off to the unit, you can use a garden hose to clean off any debris around the heat pump, such as leaves and branches from trees. If there is debris inside, you can remove the top cover grate and use a blower to get the materials out from inside. Once it is clean, give it time to dry.
4. Covering The Unit To Keep Debris Out Of The Heat Pump Unit
Once you have the outdoor unit clean, you can cover it to protect it from any debris and snow during the winter months. This can be done with a tarp loosely placed over the top of the unit, or a piece of wood covering the grates. When you cover the unit, you will want to make sure that air can flow through to prevent problems with moisture and condensation during the winter months. This means that you do not want it to be sealed up tight, but covered just enough to keep debris out of the unit.
These are some of the things that you will want to do to prepare your air conditioner for the winter months. If you need help with the maintenance and repairs to your AC and preparing your heating, contact an HVAC contractor, such as Burks Service Company, that offers air conditioning maintenance services.
Hi there, my name is Marissa Sonder. I would like to use my site to talk about the different types of furnaces available for residential and commercial applications. Growing up, my school had an actual boiler room that provided heat and hot water for the entire building. All of the students loved to go down to the boiler room and learn about all of the components down there. Although many buildings have moved on from this old piece of equipment, I would like to discuss its use in detail on this site. I will also talk about modern electric, natural gas, propane and oil furnace systems. Thanks for coming by.