3 Ways to Keep Your AC in Good Shape During the Winter Months

3 Ways to Keep Your AC in Good Shape During the Winter Months
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    AC repairs are an unwanted expense that would be a good idea to avoid as best as you can.

    This, however, can be easier said than done, especially when you don’t realize that something might be wrong.


While you may have little need for your AC throughout the cooler months of the year, even if you live in a typically warm area, a few helpful maintenance tips can help to ensure that your HVAC equipment will be ready for use once the weather begins to warm back up.

The following three steps can all help to keep your AC, and HVAC system as a whole, in good shape throughout the winter.

Regular Filter Changes

Air filters that have become clogged with debris such as dust, dander, and dirt can cause no end of problems. From decreased output and air circulation to poor interior air quality, removing and replacing your air filter every four to six weeks will help to keep your air conditioning and your heater system in good working order no matter the season.

Home and property owners who think that regular air filter changes are only a seasonal concern could be making a serious misstep that might cost them their air systems throughout the house.

Remove Debris From Around the AC Unit

Leaves, fallen branches, and other seasonal debris that has accumulated near your external AC unit should be removed at regular intervals.

Debris in or near the unit itself could restrict fan movement, impede drainage, or keep the compressor from being able to properly operate and trap heat inside the unit when used.

Keeping the unit and the surrounding space free of debris during the winter can eliminate many of the most common maintenance problems and should be an important part of your landscaping efforts and lawn care routine.

Should your unit have debris that entered or is covering it, you can remove these with a hose gently spraying water onto the unit itself.

This should help to wash away anything clinging to the unit itself.

For tougher debris, you can also make use of various cleaners meant for removing things from the fans inside your unit. Simply be careful when interacting with the unit, making sure not to get overly aggressive while cleaning or trying to open it.

Insulate Pipes

Water expands when it freezes, and a sudden temperature drop can often result in damaged or burst pipes all along with the plumbing fixtures throughout the home. While the coolant in your AC unit is unlikely to cause a problem, drainage from the compressor coils might.

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Wrapping and insulating all exposed pipes and hoses that might be susceptible to cold weather is an important step when winterizing your home. Insulating your AC drainage pipes and wrapping your external faucets at the same time is a good habit to get into.

Proper care and routine maintenance can be essential for ensuring that your AC unit and other HVAC equipment and climate-control system components are able to last as long as possible.

When it comes to prepping your home for winter weather, you would do well to ensure that your AC unit is not being neglected. A few simple steps may be all it takes to ensure that your AC will be ready for use in the days ahead.

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