It’s safe to say that most, if not all, Connecticut residents have probably turned their heat on for the year. But, although this isn’t the time to think about keeping cool, you can’t just begin to ignore your air conditioner – at least not yet. First, you need to make sure it’s completely winterized.
While some homeowners choose to remove their window air conditioners once the cold weather sets in, others may opt for keeping it in year round to avoid the hassle of needed to re-install it every summer. However, for those that choose this approach, it becomes even more important that the unit is secured properly to ensure that it doesn’t become loose or worse – fall out – when harsh winter weather conditions arise.
So, which of the above do you prefer to do? If you plan on keeping your window unit in during the next few seasons, here are a few tips to help you make sure it’s secure:
Use an air conditioner mounting bracket: Even if your air conditioner is on the first floor, you may benefit from installing an air conditioner mounting bracket. Although your unit may be screwed into the window from the inside, this piece of equipment can provide added protection on the outside as it gives the back of the air conditioner something to rest on. Not to mention, the fact that these brackets are typically attached to the house gives your air conditioner another source of strength to hold it up.
Double check the accordions: If over the course of the summer you only used your air conditioner’s accordions to seal the open space and didn’t secure them directly to the windows, you’ll want to do so now. But before you start making any holes in the window, refer to your air conditioner’s instructions as they may outline the exact way in which this should be done – including which type of screws or other tools are best to use.
Tighten the window locking bracket: Once you’re sure that the air conditioner isn’t going to move, you’ll need to make sure that the window won’t either – this is where the window locking bracket comes in. Even if you haven’t noticed any movement over the summer, wind, rain and snow from fall and winter could place more stress on your unit, so you must be able to guarantee that your window can hold it in place.
Do you have any other tips that you use to keep your air conditioner in place all 365 days of the year? If so, be sure to let us know on our Facebook or Twitter page!
For over 50 years, we at Airtech of Stamford have been providing exceptional HVAC services to Stamford, Greenwich, Darien and New Canaan customers. To learn more about how we can help you with your air conditioning system, please visit www.airtech-hvac.com or call (203) 323-3959.
With Labor Day having passed, many of you may be getting into the mindset that summer is officially over. And even though we are still battling some high temperatures, soon enough it will be time to prep our homes for the fall.
That being said, if you have a window air conditioner at home, you may be starting to think about taking it out. Here are step-by-step instructions you can use when doing so:
- Power down your unit and unplug it. If your wiring is quite lengthy, you may want to find a way to tighten things up so that it doesn’t get caught during the rest of the process.
- Place a towel or other protective covering on the floor under the unit to catch any water that drips out.
- Assuming you have secured the air conditioner to the window with screws, take them out and slide in your unit’s accordian side panel/side curtain and frame.
- Grab the air conditioner firmly from behind, then have a buddy lift the window. As the air conditioner is no longer held in by the window, be prepared for it to tilt or move a little.
- Remove the unit from the window and place it on the towel below to allow any extra water to leave the system.
So the time has come to start thinking about what needs to be done with your air conditioner to protect it during the fall and winter seasons. Do you know where to start? One thing’s for sure, you’ll want to cover it once it’s no longer in use to prevent fall and winter weather from causing any harm.
Although it is still relatively warm outside, just like that summer is coming to an end. And while you may continue to rely on your air conditioner for a few more weeks, it’s important to stay on top of your end of season maintenance to ensure that once you stop using it, it remains in good shape until next summer. To help you out, we’ve put together a list of tips for you to follow as you start to pack things up for fall; check it out below:
Inspect the filters: That’s right! Once again your filters must be a part of your end of season maintenance routine. If you haven’t changed or cleaned your filters in a while, take this time to remove them from your system and check for any clogs or built up dirt and debris. Not only will this help you for the rest of the summer, but it will also help ensure a clean start to next year!
Clean the coils: Over time, your A/C’s evaporator coil and condenser coil wind up collecting dirt – it’s natural! But, since this is so, it’s your job as the property owner to ensure that they are taken care of and cleaned when needed. Especially when the environment around your unit is prone to debris such as leaves and grass clippings, it’s important to make sure they aren’t getting in the way of your system’s ability to function. Before you put your A/C to rest for the year, it’s a good idea to clean out any dirt that has built up in your coils from this season!
Prepare a cover: Whether you have an air conditioner that is in the window, in the wall or entirely located outdoors, you’ll want to protect it from fall and winter weather. That means it’s time to decide what type of cover you’ll need! If you’re not sure how to best keep your system safe from snow, ice and super cold temps, give us a call at (203) 323-3959.
In addition to performing maintenance yourself, it never hurts to have a professional inspect your system as well to make sure it’s still in good standing! If you’re located in Stamford, Greenwich, Darien or New Canaan, Connecticut and are looking for help with your air conditioner, don’t hesitate to contact Airtech of Stamford. We’ve been providing outstanding HVAC services to customers in Fairfield County for over 50 years and look forward to being able to help you next!