We’re back to that time of year! It smells like a pumpkin spice latte from a mile away, and the leaves are changing color. You should rake the leaves and get your yard and home ready for cooler weather now that it’s autumn.

Things change to welcome the new season in the autumn. Getting ready for the cold weather that’s coming, summer clothes and grills are put away. 

If you want to make sure your AC unit stays in good shape all spring, you should winterize it as part of getting ready for winter. It could cost a lot next year to fix or repair if you don’t do this step.

Why This Is Good Advice

Although you enjoy the changing seasons, your air conditioner doesn’t. The cold doesn’t help your cooling system. Extreme cold can freeze condensers, which can need expensive repairs. Keep it out of the rain, snow, and ice when not in use and protect it.

An air conditioning repair might be needed when you turn on your AC unit again in the spring if you don’t get it ready for winter. To keep your unit in good shape during the winter, there are some things you can do about it.

Turn Off The Unit

First, make sure your air conditioner is not powered. One of the switches for most air conditioners is in the electricity box outside your house. You may also have a power switch in your house. Usually, it’s a red switch. Simply turn it off by flipping it. Avoid turning it on by chance if it’s a very warm winter day.

Set The Thermostat To Off

This winter, turn the heater off. Some people use the same thermostat to control both their heater and air conditioner. Moving the tab from “Cool” to “Heat” or “Off” will fix that.

Change The Filters 

An air conditioner can make the air filter clog up with dust, dirt, and germs. This can lead to more dust building up in your home over time because the filter stops filtering these particles out of the air as well. 

For better heating performance and less allergens in your home, go for air conditioning repair every three months. If there are pets or smokers in the house, you might need to change the filters more often.

Clean The Area Around The Condenser’s Base

Clean the area around the outside unit. Get rid of any leaves or other junk that has gathered around the outdoor gear with a broom or a leaf blower.

Spray down the area around your unit with your hose to get rid of any dirt or junk. If you point the sprayer up near the vents, you will see the dirt move down the sides. It might take a while to get it all out, but it’s worth it to know that your condenser is clean and ready for the next season.

Cover It

Some people don’t think this step is important. If there is an overhang on your roof over your fan, nothing should fall on it. For protection, use a tarp, a mesh cover, or a piece of board with a brick on top.

If the top of your unit is exposed to rain, snow, or ice, covering it can help keep it from getting damaged. But it’s not a good idea to cover the whole unit. It might seem like a good idea to cover the unit when it’s cold outside, but doing so traps moisture inside and makes animals like rats more likely to nest in the shelter.