We only have about two months left until winter, and you should get thinking about preparing your heating and cooling ready for the winter. We’ll be seeing snowy weather soon and it can damage the condenser for your AC if it isn’t protected. Knowing how to properly shut down your AC can save you a costly repair or replacement next summer. If you don’t know, the experts at KB Complete have a step-by-step guide to protecting the condenser.
Here are the four steps to shut down your AC for the winter:
Get the AC and condenser repaired
Before you start your work, you should make sure the AC and condenser are in good condition. Check them both for damage and call for any repairs they need. Also, make sure the AC and condenser’s filters don’t need replacing and the seals are tight. You don’t want to let any preexisting damage get worse over the winter.
Disconnect the condenser from your power
One of the most important parts of shutting down your AC is disconnecting the condenser from the electricity. A condenser that still has power may turn itself on if there’s a warm spell during the winter. This can cause it to take damage when it sucks in snow and ice. You can disconnect the power by shutting off the breaker switch for the AC. It can often be found near the condenser under a flip-up switch or on the side of the house. When summer rolls around again and you want to use the AC, make sure you turn the switch back on or the AC won’t work!
Clean things up
With the condenser disconnected, it’s time to do a little more TLC. Grab your broom and sweep away any leaves and other debris on or around the condenser. After that, you should grab a low-pressure hose and clean off the outside cabinet. As it dries, double-check the condenser for any damage. If you find any, let us know the next time you work with us.
Cover it up
When the condenser completely dries, all that’s left is to cover it with a water-proof cover. You can buy one along with the bungee ropes to secure it at your local hardware store. If you have a water-proof tarp, that’ll work too as long as it completely covers the condenser.
What makes KB Complete one of the area’s best AC and heating companies?
KB Complete is a full-service plumbing, HVAC, and electrical company. Since opening our doors in 1986, we have committed to providing our customers with top-notch service and solutions that will leave you with long-term peace of mind. We’re fast, reliable and fair. Our technicians can provide your home with the overall care it needs, from basic plumbing repairs to HVAC system replacements and maintenance.
We offer a selection of top, high-efficiency products from the names you trust, so you can be confident that your new systems will prove reliable for many years to come. Our fully-equipped service trucks come stocked with thousands of repair parts and new fixtures, allowing us to carry out repairs on the spot without having to run out for supplies. This means you can return to your normal routine much faster. When it comes to service, KB Complete is proud to be “A Company You Can Refer To A Friend.”™ Call us today to learn more about preparing your home for the winter.