How to Winterize Your Central Air




How to Winterize Your Central Air

Already time to winterize your central air unit? Ongoing maintenance of your system is an important part of having central air, and the need to winterize your central air is part of that ongoing maintenance.

Here are five things you should consider when you winterize your central air unit this fall.

#1: Identify potential hazards.
Take a closer look at your central air system. Is it level? Has rainfall or flooding loosened the ground around your unit? You want to ensure the system stays level and will not move when in use. Check for other unusual signs that could point to potential hazards. Are there unusual sounds or odors coming from your heating unit?  If so, you’ll want to contact a professional who can inspect or repair the problem.

#2: Clean your unit’s coils.
Over the summer months, your unit’s evaporator and condenser coils collect dirt and debris from lawn mowers, leaves, and other natural causes. This can restrict airflow and cause wear on your unit, impacting its performance, lifespan, and leading to costly repairs. Carefully clean the coils and remove any dirt or debris on a regular basis.

#3: Do a clearance check.
Shrubs and trees improve a yard’s appearance, but you want to ensure they don’t interfere with your system. Cut back any foliage or limbs and keeps leaves and grass clippings away from your unit as much as possible. And always make sure there is two feet of clearance around your system at all times.

#4: Cover your unit.
While it’s not recommended that you cover the entire unit, covering the top portion of your outdoor central air system helps protect the unit from falling limbs, icicles, and other objects that can cause damage. Just ensure your unit is not covered when in use.

#5: Schedule a check-up.
Scheduled maintenance of your unit can help extend the lifespan of your system, improve its performance, and save on energy costs. Professional maintenance will include things like cleaning, testing for leaks, checking for the right amount of refrigerant, testing belts and motors for wear, checking the thermostat for accuracy, inspecting the electrical system, and more. That way, you don’t have to worry about your system’s needs.

Is your central air system in need of a check-up or repairs? Contact Eric Krise Plumbing, Heating, and Cooling to learn how our team of professionals can help your system transition to cooler weather.