As an experienced HVAC repair company, we recommend keeping an eye on your air conditioning system even if winter means you won’t be using it for months until next summer. This is because neglecting your AC unit can lead to decreased performance and heightens the risk of issues cropping up. Fortunately, there are simple ways to keep your air conditioning system in good shape, even in the winter. Read on to find out how you can protect your AC in the winter.
How to Protect Your Air Conditioner in the Winter and Prevent HVAC Problems
If you don’t want to spend time and money fixing your AC this summer, it’s important that you take certain precautions to protect your HVAC system this winter. Begin by taking protective measures on your unit’s outdoor components. Although these components are designed and built to survive exposure to tough weather, don’t take any chances because the fewer problems your AC unit experiences, the better it performs and the longer it could operate.
To do this, shut off the power to your central air conditioning system. This can save you some electricity lost to phantom loads and prevent you from accidentally turning on the air conditioner during the winter.
Next, wait until a warmer day to clean your outside air conditioning unit. Make sure no sticks, leaves, or other debris are littering the unit, as leaves tend to get stuck in the fins of your air conditioner’s condenser coil.
After making sure that the unit is dry, you can then cover it. We suggest researching manufacturer recommendations for the appropriate covers. Some can trap condensation from escaping, which can cause problems. Consider installing foam pipe covers around exterior exposed pipes as well to protect the pipes from chilly air.
Finally, perform a visual inspection once a week in winter to check if the cover is secure and to see if there aren’t any debris near your outdoor air conditioner. As you transition to heating, we also recommend that you contact us for a furnace tune-up. Our services can make sure that your heating equipment is in good condition.
The Importance of Professional HVAC Maintenance
While simple projects like cleaning the outside of your air conditioning unit can be completed by the homeowner, some other HVAC maintenance tasks are better left to the experts at Schmitt. We can perform a thorough and effective tune-up of your air conditioning system before the summer arrives. Our maintenance procedures will spot any trouble before they become an issue. We can also perform fan adjustments, coil cleaning, voltage checks, and more. Our licensed technicians make sure that your air conditioning system is safe throughout this season.
San Francisco HVAC Maintenance
Rely on Schmitt Heating Company for all of your HVAC repair, maintenance, and installation needs. We are one of the most experienced HVAC companies in San Francisco because we’ve been building and installing heating systems for over 100 years. Our HVAC solutions are clean, cost-effective, and efficient. In addition, our Diamond-certified HVAC technicians can handle any kind of problem.
Get in touch with us today at (415) 689-7849 or contact us here to learn more about maintaining your air conditioning unit in winter.