The daily temperature averages are steadily dropping, which means it’s almost time to switch from cooling to heating in your home. While it might seem like a simple task, there are several things you should do to prepare for shutting down your AC and turning on the heat. Below, we’ll discuss why pre-fall AC maintenance is crucial, and the steps you can take to ensure your equipment stays safe throughout the colder weather.
Why End-of-Summer AC Maintenance Is Critical
You could opt to shut your AC and leave it off for the coming months. However, this is likely to result in equipment damage, malfunctions, and reduced lifespan of the components. Preparing your AC system for an extended period of inactivity will help it last longer, reduce long-term maintenance costs, and ensure that it functions appropriately once you fire it up again in late spring.
Ready to begin your end-of-summer AC maintenance? Below are seven steps to ensure your equipment is prepared for colder weather.
1 Clear the Area Around the Condenser
Your first order of business will be to clear any overgrowth and debris from around the condenser outside. Trim back bushes and shrubs, wipe grass and dirt off of the unit, and make sure the lawn around the area is cut short.
2 Clean the Coils
Next, use a clean cloth to wipe the coils clean. Dirt and dust can accumulate on them and reduce their efficiency, so this is an excellent time to make sure they’re clean and ready to go next spring.
3 Shut Power to the Unit
Your AC unit should have a dedicated shut-off. Shutting power to the unit will help prevent it from turning on and getting damaged if someone accidentally changes the thermostat to “cool” or forgets to switch it over to “heat.”
4 Insulate Exposed Pipes
Your condenser will have several pipes and wires that extend into your home. Installing foam insulation around them can help protect them from the cold and ensure they don’t get damaged during the winter months.
5 Clean the Condensate Drain
Next, clean the condensate drain. Make sure it’s clear of dirt and dust and is completely dry to prevent mold growth.
6 Change the Thermostat
Don’t forget to switch your thermostat from “cool” to “heat.” Leaving it set to “cool” will not only prevent your furnace from firing up but can also damage your condenser.
7 Get a Professional Tune-Up
Finally, call in our knowledgeable and friendly specialists to perform a professional tune-up. Our techs will clean interior components, lubricate moving parts, and ensure all of the equipment is safeguarded from the cold so that it’s ready to keep your home comfortable when the warmer weather returns.