In the cold of winter, your air conditioner is probably the last thing on your mind. But come summertime, you’ll want to avoid any unpleasant surprises. Taking care of your AC unit when it’s cold out can help ensure that you’ll be able to use it when it gets hot—here are a few tips that can help you keep your AC in good condition throughout the winter.
First of all, make sure that you keep the area surrounding the unit clear of twigs, weeds, clutter, branches, or debris. This prevents the AC unit from getting clogged or scratched. More importantly, it means that creatures such as mice and birds will be less tempted to nest in and around your air conditioner. A surprising amount of seasonal damage comes from animals looking for a place to spend the winter.
You’ll probably also want to clear off the unit after a snowstorm. Brushing away snow and ice can help prevent most of it from getting inside your AC. Although most units are capable of handling some moisture, you can run into trouble if too much water gets inside and then refreezes. Thawing and freezing ice can end up damaging your coils.
Is it necessary to cover your AC unit? Actually, wrapping it in a tarp of special cover can sometimes do more harm than good, since this can trap moisture inside and provide an attractive home for pests. Plus, your AC is built to withstand winter weather. Air conditioner manufacturers know that the units will be located outside and design them accordingly. You might want to cover it temporarily if you know that a hailstorm or blizzard will be coming, but for the most part your AC can handle November frost and January snow.
Keeping your air conditioner safe through the winter is easy with a little preparation. Contact HRC Climate Services today to learn more about how to protect your home’s HVAC systems.
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