Everyone loves air conditioning in the summer. As the temps outside are rising you begin to bring that inside thermostat down, keeping your house cool and comfortable during the hot weather.
Inevitably, summer must come to an end. Fall brings crisp, autumn air, and as you open your doors and windows to the breezes our faithful warm-weather friend, the air conditioner, is shut down. To help keep your unit in top condition during the fall season, there are some steps you can take:
Clean the Unit
Once you are finished with the air conditioner for the year, it is a good idea to give it a good cleaning. The outdoor unit consists of coils inside a ventilated cover, which can gather dirt, dust and grime with use. A high-pressure sprayer handle on a garden hose, worked around through all the various ventilation openings, can usually blast most of the build-up off of the coils and out of the chassis. Be sure to look down inside for any leaves or other debris, and wash them away as well. Any kind of remaining dirt or build-up will become wet with autumn rains and can cause the chassis and internal elements to corrode.
Test it Out
After a good cleaning has been accomplished, it’s time to check out how well it is working. Turn the AC on in the house, and take a walk outside to the external unit. Listen to the fan, the motor, and the chassis. The electric motor should be running smoothly, without any kind of grinding or rubbing sounds. The fan should be quiet, pumping a steady flow of warm air from inside the unit. The chassis should not indicate any evidence of vibration or loose panels, and should appear firmly attached to its base. Any kind of strange sounds may indicate a problem and should be reported to a professional for assistance.
Although it may be tempting to want to cover the external AC unit for the winter, there are several reasons why it’s not a good idea. First, the unit is already designed to operate and exist in all weather conditions, even the cold, snow and ice. Precipitation actually helps wash away any internal debris and keeps the unit clean and free from obstructions. Second, adding a cover can attract rodents and insects, who are always looking for a well-protected home away from the elements. Finally, blocking the ventilation holes can cause moisture to build up inside, leading to corrosion and other internal damage to the device.
If your unit is exposed to a lot of leaves and seeds from trees, you can place a top on the unit to help keep them out. Leave the sides mostly open for proper ventilation.
If you suspect that your air conditioner unit may have a problem or would like to have it professionally tested, seek help during the off-season so any repairs or adjustments can be completed while it is down. Call Metro Energy Savers for professional, reliable service for your unit.