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Preparing Your AC Unit for the Off Season

While the warm weather will likely persist well into fall, it won’t be long until New Jersey homeowners switch from the AC to heat inside their homes. As the summer months slip away, now’s the best time to start preparing your home’s central air conditioning unit for the off-season. Winterizing your unit can safeguard it against the cold weather, snow, and ice and ensure it’s in optimal working order come springtime. Below, Clay’s Climate Control shares how cleaning your AC unit can extend its life and prepare it for the cold winter months ahead.  

Change the Filter

Your AC system has worked hard all summer, and now it gets a break. The first thing you should do to prepare your unit for the off-season is to remove the air filter from the air handling unit and replace it with a clean new one. Keeping your air filters clean is not only crucial for the quality of air in your home but also for the efficiency of your air conditioner. If the filters are dirty or clogged, it can cause your unit to freeze up.

Remove Debris from the Outside Unit

Clear the area around your AC unit and remove debris like grass clippings, twigs, insects, dead leaves, or branches that can blow into the condenser. If remnants are left on or in the unit, it can increase the likelihood of corrosion and other damages. Use your garden hose to remove the buildup and allow your system to dry completely before moving on to the next step.

Clean the Evaporator and Condenser Coil

Just like your filters, the cooling coils also need to be cleaned. If you feel comfortable doing so, you can clean the evaporator and condenser coils yourself. Your AC unit’s coils need to be cleaned regularly. If you’re unfamiliar with the parts of your air conditioner system, you don’t have to worry! You can contact Clay’s, and we can help maintain your unit. Cleaning your AC unit is vital, especially as you prepare it for the cold winter months. 

Cover the Unit

An essential part of the winterizing process is protecting your outdoor system with an AC condenser cover. Your equipment will last longer and will be protected from harsh weather conditions. An AC condenser cover with ventilation openings will allow air to flow and move. Without proper ventilation, your unit can rust, and sensitive components will become damaged. 

Call for Service

The best way to prepare your air conditioner for the winter is to take advantage of annual maintenance or inspection from your HVAC company. When you do so, a technician will visit your home and examine various components of your system to determine if it’s in good working order or if problems exist. After the assessment, your tech will provide solutions and estimates on how to take care of your unit and best prepare it for the cold months ahead. Whether you’re interested in replacing your AC unit in the off-season or would like to schedule a maintenance service, know you can count on Clay’s Climate Control. 

How Clay’s Climate Control Can Help Prepare Your AC Unit for the Off Season

Summertime in Jersey is hot, and your AC likely got a workout this season. As fall swiftly approaches, you won’t be using your air conditioner as much. By following these simple winterization steps, you can keep your AC system clean and in top working condition for next summer. The best time to prepare your unit is now, so don’t hesitate to contact Clay’s Climate Control for expert AC repair and maintenance services. Just make the call, and Clay’s Climate Control will handle it all! Contact us at 609-916-1106 to schedule an appointment.