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3 Critical Steps To Winterize Your Air Conditioner

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Have you been getting ready to shut down your air conditioner for the year? Did you already turn off your air conditioner for what should be the last time until at least spring? Getting your air conditioner ready for the winter months is about more than simply turning it off and waiting for the new year to roll around. Proper winterization will help protect your air conditioner and keep it functional. To that end, there are several things that you can and should do to prep your air conditioner for the months of being otherwise ignored. A few of the most important of these include:

Change filter: One of the last things you should do immediately after shutting your air conditioner down is to replace the filter with a brand new one. You don't want the old trapped dust to linger in the system for all those months, potentially attracting moisture and allowing mold/mildew to grow. If you've only recently moved in and you're not sure how to replace the filter or what type of filter(s) you might need, your local air conditioning company will be able to come out and show you exactly which one you should be using and how to install it properly.

Cover unit: Covering your air conditioner is good for a couple of reasons. The first is that it helps protect the unit from the moisture of winter precipitation. Even if it doesn't snow, rain won't evaporate as fast during the winter months and this can lead to unprotected parts starting to rust or otherwise oxidize. T

he second reason to cover the appliance is to help keep cold air from entering your home via this route. If your air conditioner is on the roof, you may want to pay an air conditioning company employee to cover it for you rather than risking going up there yourself.

Get an inspection: While you have the air conditioning company employee on your property for other things, you may as well have him or her check out your air conditioner for any potential flaws. For instance, the vibrations caused by the air conditioner's fan being run can cause various wiring connections to come loose or to snap. This can then result in an electrical short that will cause your air conditioner to stop working. It also has the potential to trigger an electrical fire. Getting the air conditioner repaired now will be easier and less expensive in the long run than waiting for serious issues to appear on their own.