As the summer weather begins to cool down a little, your AC is going to require some maintenance. You want to make sure to take care of things like cleaning the unit, changing filters, and minor repairs before turning it off. The following AC maintenance will help you get ready to turn the air conditioner off and prepare for winter.
Change filter and adjust dampers
When you begin air conditioning maintenance, the first thing that you should do is change the air filter. While the air filter is being changed, other maintenance that should be done too includes:
- Inspecting the ducts for air leaks
- Checking the air handler and blower
- Making sure the ducts and condensing unit are clean
- Adjusting dampers for heating when the AC has been turned off
This maintenance should also be done when changing the air filter to ensure your air conditioning is ready to be turned off.
Inspect condensing unit for damage
When there is a problem with your AC, it usually starts with the condensing unit. It houses the compressor, condensing coils, and other parts. It is what provides that cooling to keep your home cool during the summer months, and it needs to be inspected. When inspecting the condensing unit for damage, some of the problems that you should look for are:
- Storm damage due to severe weather
- Dirty components causing problems with ice
- Damage due to pests nesting in the AC unit
These condensing unit problems can cause the AC to fail, which is why it is better to have them repaired now before they get worse over the winter months.
Check thermostat and AC electrical systems
It is also important to check the thermostat of your HVAC and the electrical wiring of the AC. You will need to adjust the settings for winter heating once the AC has been turned off. The air conditioner should also be checked for damaged wiring and failing electrical components that may need to be replaced.
Weatherize the unit to protect it from winter damage
After the AC has finally been turned off, the AC should be weatherized. This is installing a cover on the condensing unit, draining lines and insulating parts that are vulnerable to damage. Weatherizing the AC will help protect against damage and problems when you turn the air conditioner back on.
This air conditioner maintenance is needed before turning your AC off to prepare for winter. If you need help with maintaining your air conditioning, contact an AC maintenance service and talk to them about additional info to get your home ready for winter.