As the weather starts to cool down and the leaves begin to change color, it’s time to start thinking about closing down your air conditioning system for the winter.
This may seem like a daunting task, but we’re here to help with our fall checklist! With just a few simple steps, you can ensure that your air conditioning system is properly shut down and ready for the winter months:
- Turn off your air conditioner at the thermostat. This is an important first step in shutting down your air conditioning system for the winter. By turning off your air conditioner at the thermostat, you’ll prevent it from accidentally being turned on when you don’t want it to be.
- Disconnect your air conditioner from its power source. Once you’ve turned off your air conditioner at the thermostat, you’ll need to disconnect it from its power source. This will ensure that your air conditioner doesn’t accidentally get turned on when you don’t want it to be.
- Clean your air conditioner’s coils. Another important step in shutting down your air conditioning system for the winter is to clean your air conditioner’s coils. Over time, dirt and dust can build up on these coils, which can reduce your air conditioner’s efficiency and cause it to work harder than it needs to. By taking a few minutes to clean these coils, you can help extend the life of your air conditioner and keep it running smoothly for years to come.
- Cover your air conditioner’s condenser unit. Once you’ve disconnected your air conditioner from its power source and cleaned its coils, you’ll need to cover its condenser unit. This will protect the unit from snow, ice, and debris that could damage it over the winter months. Be sure to use a heavy-duty cover that is specifically designed for outdoor use.
By following these simple steps, you can easily help your air conditioning system “hibernate” for the winter. By taking a little bit of time now to properly shut down your system, you can help ensure that it will be ready to go when spring rolls around again.
In November here in Raleigh, most of us are thinking about starting to use our furnace, not thinking about our air conditioner. But shutting your A/C down properly is the smartest way to maintain it properly!
Trust us, your future self will thank you!
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If you have any questions about how to properly shut down your air conditioning system for the winter, or any other questions about heating and cooling your Raleigh home, please contact us today at (919) 853-7910. We would be happy to assist you!