In the greater Cleveland area, our air conditioners have been working hard this summer. Once the last leaves have fallen, give your system some much needed end-of-season A/C care so that it'll be ready to serve you well again next summer.
A/C Window Units
- If you use window units, they can be removed, cleaned, covered and stored in a dry location for the winter.
- If your window frame doesn't have an airtight seal, use caulk or weatherstripping to reduce air leaks.
Outside Air Conditioning Units
For outside A/C units, take the following steps at the end of the cooling season:
- Disconnect the power and remove built-up dirt and debris from the coils with a water hose. Spray up and down against the fins so as not to damage them and allow the unit to completely dry.
- Using a spray wax or rust inhibitor, wipe down the outside of the condenser.
- Check that no landscaping materials have encroached upon the area of the condenser.
- Visually inspect the unit for obstructions, damage or leaks. Have your heating and cooling technician make any repairs or adjustments now so your air conditioner is ready to go once summer hits next year. You don't want to be on a waiting list for a repair once the temperature starts to rise.
- Even though you want to protect your air conditioning unit from winter's harsh elements, it shouldn't be completely covered unless you use a cover made specifically for that unit. Covering with plastic or a tarp can cause a number of problems. Moisture can build up underneath it, rusting the steel parts. Small animals and rodents can nest under the protective covering, resulting in further debris, as well as chewed or damaged components. The unit was made to be outside, so a piece of plywood placed over the fan guard, secured with a few bricks, is sufficient for keeping out ice, snow and other debris that might collect.
Following these fall maintenance tips will expand your air conditioner's life and promote peak performance. For more expert advice on end-of-season A/C care, contact the professionals at P.K. Wadsworth Heating & Cooling. We've been serving the greater Cleveland area for over 75 years.
Paul Wadsworth is the President and Owner of P.K. Wadsworth Heating and Cooling. For 37 years, Paul has been providing heating and cooling services to the Greater Cleveland area. P.K. Wadsworth has been a trusted Cleveland HVAC service company for over 75 years. The company understand the area's construction and local heating and air conditioning needs. Paul has an MBA from the University of Michigan and a B.S., Industrial Engineering from Purdue University. Paul is the Chairman of COSE's Energy Advisory Council. He's been President of the Cleveland Air Conditioning Contractors of America and a founding member of the local chapter. Paul was born and raised in Cleveland and has been active in the local community. He resides in Cleveland, Ohio with his wife and two sons.
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