When you have a central air conditioning system, it is important to make sure that you are taking care of the AC maintenance that should be done as a part of the fall shut down. If you live in a region where you are going to have the AC off for a few months, you will want to complete the following:
Get It Cleaned Up
Take the time to clean off the sides of your central air conditioning unit, as well as cleanout any leaves or small twigs that might have made their way into the unit through the top. It is extremely important to first turn off the central air before putting your hands anywhere near the unit. This is for your safety, as the fan blades in there can be dangerous when they are in motion. As an extras precaution, you can even flip the breaker in the electrical box into the off position. This should not turn off anything else in the house as most central AC units are on their own breaker because of the amount of power they use.
Get It Serviced By A Professional
Another thing you are going to want to do is to call for professional AC maintenance services. This is something that just about every HVAC company offers, so you can have your pick when it comes to which company you want to hire. Of course, as a lot of people are having their AC maintenance needs met around the same time, some companies can find themselves to be rather busy. Due to this, it is important to make sure that you are calling to set up your maintenance appointment as soon as possible. Once they are at your home for the AC maintenance, they will be able to examine the condition of the fan blades, the motor, the fins along the side of the unit, and other things as well.
Cover It Up
When you find that you are now in the season where you will not be turning the AC back on for a while, you will want to go ahead and cover it up. There are covers that are made specifically for central air conditioning units so you could purchase one of those if you don't already own one. Then again, a simple tarp can do the trick. Either way, you will need to make sure that the cover used is secure so it will not blow away in a wind storm.
When you take the time to properly prep your AC unit for the upcoming winter through proper AC maintenance, you will have an easier time getting it started again next summer. Contact us to learn more about ac repair and maintenance.