Winter is nearly here. Have you taken the steps necessary to prep your home in Richmond, Virginia, for the colder temperatures? If not, here's a checklist that covers all the steps you need for AC winterization:
Cut the Power to the AC Unit
Since you won't be using your AC during the winter, there's no reason to send power to it. Find the power switch and turn it to the "off" position. This will save energy if your AC kicks on during an unseasonably warm day. It'll also reduce the risk of shock during the next few steps.
Clean the Outdoor Unit
Through the summer and fall, chances are grass clippings, leaves, and other debris fell on the outdoor AC unit. Winter is a great time to finally clear away all the crud so the unit won't clog in the spring. Sweep off the big debris, and use a hose to spray away dirt and dust.
Look for Possible Problems
Before you put your AC out of your mind until spring, now's a good time to look for any developing problems. See if you notice cracks, rust or loose seals. If you do, don't try to fix the problem yourself — call in one of our professionals to take a closer look. It's better now than later.
Insulate the Pipes
Does your unit have exposed pipes on the outside of your home? If so, you'll need to protect them from harsh temperatures. Install a bit of insulation to accomplish that. Take some foam pipe covers and wrap them around the pipes to prevent them from freezing.
Cover the Outdoor Unit
Now that everything is clean, inspected and insulated, it's time to cover it all up for the winter. Get a plastic or vinyl cover. Wrap it around the unit, tying it in place with a bungee cord or rope. This will help protect the outdoor unit from damage during the winter months.
Did you forget any of these important AC winterization tasks? Air Excellence, Inc. can help. Our expert HVAC team can give your AC system a thorough inspection before you cover it for the winter. Call us today at 804-885-3888 for expert service from a friendly team of professionals.
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