In summer, the air conditioner helps to cool down temperatures around rooms by cooling the air that flows around the house. In winter, the air conditioner is at the risk of freezing up, with or without snow days.
When the weather gets cooler, you tend to replace using your air conditioner with your space heater instead. Yet, your air conditioner still needs maintenance and upkeep even when not in use. Air conditioners can freeze up when it gets too cold as the unit catches condensation from the cold air, and the compressors can freeze up with refrigerant.
Prepare for those cold winter days with our 6 ways to maintain your air conditioning unit in the wintertime:
- Have your unit serviced before winter hits.
Once the summer days have gotten shorter, and autumn comes around, we tend to use our aircon units less and less. By wintertime, we’ve completely forgotten the air conditioner until Spring warms up the days and nights again.
Most homeowners forget to have their air conditioners serviced before winter, then scramble to get their units cleaned in time for spring and summer. Get your unit ready for use at any time, and prevent your aircon from freezing up by scheduling a professional cleaning, top up, and general servicing before winter begins.
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- Fix any problems as soon as you notice something’s amiss.
Just because your aircon isn’t in use doesn’t mean you can put off scheduling a diagnostics and repair for it. Take note of the sounds and smells of your air conditioner, and get your unit checked by a professional HVAC technician to troubleshoot and fix the problem.
Be especially careful with air conditioning units that have a sulfuric or skunk-like odour, as these are indicative of harmful chemical and gas leaks that may be coming from inside your unit. Never attempt to fix air conditioning problems yourself, especially with electrical issues. When in doubt, call on a professional technician to take a look.
- Cover your outdoor unit when not in use.
The outdoor unit is the most susceptible to breaking down as it is exposed to the elements. Cold rain, hail, or sunshine, the outdoor unit experiences any weather – none harsher than the cold air of winter.
Birds, squirrels, and other small animals will also seek refuge in the winter, and they can get into your air conditioning system through the outdoor unit, and chew on cables inside the air conditioner. You don’t want to end up having to haul out your entire cooling system by the end of winter, so best to cover the outdoor unit.
You can use a strong piece of insulation tarp to cover the outdoor unit, or purchase a…
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