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.
To winterize your outdoor air conditioner this season, utilize the following tips:
- Make sure your air conditioner is completely turned off. You most likely have a circuit near your unit that includes an on/off switch. At this time, you’ll want to set it in the off position to prevent your unit from kicking in on any days that are abnormally warm compared to the season’s usual and expected temps.
- Check the exterior of your unit for any leaves and debris. Especially if you’ve had your lawn landscaped lately, you need to make sure that the dust and any grass clippings haven’t gotten caught in your system. To eliminate these completely, rinse with your hose and then allow your air conditioner to dry.
- Place a sturdy piece of plywood on the top of your unit. Covering your air conditioner is an extremely important part of the winterization process because it will help prevent the dirt and debris we mentioned above from slipping into your system over the next few months. Furthermore, this can help protect the interior and exterior from winter weather conditions such as snow and ice, which can be pretty damaging to an outdoor A/C.