How To: Winterizing Your AC Unit

The leaves have begun to change colors and fall from the trees, while the warm days of summer have faded into chilly fall weather, so, it’s time to winterize your HVAC air conditioning unit. Winterizing your unit helps to safeguard it against snow and ice and helps prevent rust damage and mechanical issues.

Winterizing your unit is a do-it-yourself task that can be accomplished fairly easily and pretty quickly. Pick a sunny day when your unit is dry, grab a pair of gloves and follow these steps:

First, turn off the air conditioner disconnect switch. Shutting off the power prevents damage to the AC, prevents getting electrocuted, and avoids it turning on automatically while you’re working on it.

Next, hose it off to remove dirt, dust and any twigs or branches that might be stuck to or in the compressor. After you’ve let it sit a few hours to dry, place a waterproof plastic cover or tarp over the compressor and secure it with rope or bungee cords.

Once that’s done, you’re good to go until spring. If your system was being sluggish during the warm summer days, it’s best to have an inspection now to repair any damage. Contact JL Wagner Plumbing and Piping for all of your Fox Valley plumbing and air conditioning repair needs.