With the official end of summer just a few short weeks away, temperatures will slowly but surely begin to drop, and you’ll be done using your air conditioner for the season. That doesn’t mean now is the time to neglect it though, or that you should just shut it off for the season without taking any care steps.
First off, if you didn’t schedule maintenance before summer began, it’s not too late. We’ll get to that in a moment, but it’s also important to know that in a climate such as ours, winterizing an air conditioner is very important. Keep reading for a few tips on how to do so, and when you do need professional Denver air conditioning services, give us a call!
Perhaps you didn’t have maintenance done on your air conditioner before summer began. In the absence of a complete system breakdown though, it’s not too late to have it checked over now. Call a pro to come in and make sure any strange noises you hear aren’t indicators of repair needs, or that you don’t have something going on like a refrigerant leak (which can impact you in heating season too, if you have a heat pump).
Also, while this is a task you should be doing on your own every 1-3 months anyway, you can have your air filters checked to be sure they aren’t clogged and negatively impacting the performance of your air conditioner.
Check the outdoor unit of your air conditioner. If leaves, lawn mulch, or other organic debris get into the system, the air conditioner can experience problems, whether it be loss of efficient airflow or damage to components. Some basic gardening before and during winter can help alleviate this problem.
You should not let the outdoor unit of your air conditioner get wet during the winter. Temperatures absolutely drop low enough that the water will freeze, and when it thaws next spring, your system can accumulate significant damage. The best thing you can do is to buy a waterproof air conditioning cover to protect your system during the fall and winter months.