As the temperature begins to drop, it's important to start thinking about how to prepare your AC system for the colder months ahead. Neglecting to do so could result in your system breaking down when you need it most. Fortunately, there are a few simple steps you can take to winterize your AC and ensure it runs smoothly all season long.
Why You Need to Prepare Your HVAC System for Winter
Your HVAC system works hard all summer long to keep your home cool and comfortable. But as the seasons change and the weather gets colder, your system needs a little extra TLC to make sure it can continue running smoothly. Neglecting to properly maintain your HVAC system can lead to a number of problems, including:
When individual parts of your HVAC system are not properly maintained, they are more likely to wear out or break down. This can lead to costly repairs or even the replacement of the entire system.
A well-maintained HVAC system will run more efficiently than one that has been neglected. This means lower energy bills for you and less wear and tear on your system.
Poor indoor air quality
A dirty or poorly maintained HVAC system can circulate dust, dirt, and other pollutants throughout your home, leading to poor indoor air quality. This can cause respiratory problems, headaches, and other health issues for you and your family.
How to Prepare
Cleaning the Heat Exchanger
One of the most important steps in preparing your HVAC system for cold weather is to clean the heat exchanger. The heat exchanger is responsible for transferring heat from the air inside your home to the refrigerant inside the unit. If the heat exchanger is dirty or clogged, it won't be able to do its job properly, which could lead to a breakdown of your system.
To clean the heat exchanger, start by turning off the power to your unit at the breaker box. Then, remove the access panel from the front of the unit so you can see the heat exchanger. Using a brush attachment on your vacuum cleaner, carefully remove any dirt or debris that has built up on the coils. Once you've finished cleaning, replace the access panel and turn on the power to your unit.
Covering Your AC Condenser
Another way to prepare your AC for cold weather is to cover the condenser unit. The condenser is located outside and helps dissipate heat from the refrigerant. Because it's exposed to elements like snow and ice, it's important to take measures to protect it from damage. You can find covers specifically designed for AC condensers at most home improvement stores.
Schedule a Tune-Up
Just like any other piece of machinery, your HVAC system needs regular maintenance in order to function properly. Schedule a tune-up with a qualified technician before the start of winter so that any potential problems can be addressed before they have a chance to cause serious damage. During a tune-up, the technician will inspect all major components of your system and make any necessary repairs or adjustments. This simple step can save you a lot of money in the long run by prolonging the life of your HVAC system.
Korrect Comfort Care Can Help!
Don't wait until it's too late - now is the time to start thinking about preparing your HVAC system for winter. Korrect Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. can help! Our annual maintenance plan will ensure that your system is clean, efficient, and ready to take on whatever Old Man Winter throws its way. Call (937) 837-2333 or contact us online to speak with one of our experts today.