4 Steps to Shut Down Your AC for the Winter
- Air Conditioner
If you aren’t planning on replacing your AC because it has outdated refrigerant, you’ll need to consider shutting it down for the winter. Nevada may have little to no snow during the winter, but it’s still good to be prepared. A sudden cold snap can drop some snow and damage your AC. Besides, you’re probably not going to be using your AC much during the winter, right? If you don’t know how to shut down your AC, the HVAC experts at Climate Control Experts can tell you how.
Here are the four steps you need to take to shut down your AC:
Make any final repairs
Before you do anything, you should ensure your AC is in good condition. Check over your AC unit and the condenser and give us a call if they don’t seem healthy. If there is an issue, you don’t want it to fester over the winter and allow it to get worse.
Shut off the condenser’s power
There’s more to your AC than the indoor unit. It’s connected to a condenser outside, which is key to allowing your AC to cool your home. You can shut them both off, but warm weather may cause the condenser to turn itself back on. When this happens, it might suck up snow and get damaged. To prevent this, you have to completely disconnect the condenser from your home’s power. This requires you to find and shut off the AC’s breaker switch. You can usually find it on the side of your house or under a flip-up switch near the condenser. Don’t forget that this switch has to be turned back on when you want to use the AC again.
Clean up your condenser
Now that the electricity is disconnected, you should clean the condenser off a bit. Get a broom to sweep away any debris, such as leaves and branches. You should also use a low-pressure hose to wash off the outside cabinet. As it dries, give the condenser one last look-over for damage, such as loosened seals. If you notice any, let us know the next time you call us.
Cover the condenser
After the condenser dries off, take a water-proof cover, cover the condenser completely, and secure it tightly with bungee ropes. Everything you need for this step can be purchased at a local hardware store. If you have a water-proof tarp, you can substitute that for the cover, as long as it completely covers the condenser.
What makes Climate Control Experts a trusted name in AC service?
For years, Climate Control Experts has proudly served our community, and we’re extremely proud to be the team that Las Vegas has come to trust and depend on when they need quality repairs quickly. Our mission is to provide all residents of Las Vegas and the neighboring areas with the highest standards and quality of indoor comfort. We do this by offering top-notch services and products, as well as by educating our customers and protecting our integrity at all times. As such, you can always be sure that we are determined to serve you in the best way we can, and we will certainly stop at nothing until you are fully satisfied with our services. Call Climate Control Experts today to learn more about preparing your home for the winter!