Now that winter is here, you can crank up that heater and put the outdoor AC unit away. If you have an outdoor HVAC unit, there are some measures you can take to keep it protected from the winter weather. Keep clicking to learn more!
You can turn your AC unit off by looking for the air conditioning circuit near the unit, opening the lid, and turning the unit off. This will keep it from turning itself on during an unseasonably warm day. This will also keep water – which would freeze when it gets cold again – out of the unit.
Wash your outdoor unit to remove dirt, dust, dead insects, grass clippings, branches, leaves, etc., and allow the unit to dry. This prevents from it all of the debris freezing over and harming the unit.
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Surround the exterior of any exposed pipes with foam pipe covers to insulate them and keep them from freezing. Duct tape will hold the covers in place.
Cover the unit with a plastic or vinyl sheeting, something that’s waterproof. You may be able to find a cover specifically made for an outdoor residential heating and cooling unit, but any plastic/vinyl cover that fits the unit will work.
Wrap ropes or bungee cords around the cover to tie it down, and check the cover once a week to make sure it’s secure. Make sure to clear away any snow, ice, twigs, and leaves.
NOW THAT WINTER IS HERE