Now that the summer is winding to a close, it’s time to start thinking about shutting down your air conditioner. There are still a few weeks of high temperatures to go but soon enough there won’t be any need to blast your air conditioner. Here are some tips for winterizing and shutting down your air conditioner in preparation for the colder months.

Remember to Turn Off Your Central Air Unit

Many home owners neglect to turn off their central air unit once the temperatures start to drop, which wastes energy and increases utility bills. Keeping your central air unit on all winter long also makes it harder to keep your home cozy and warm in the cold. Turning off your air conditioner unit also helps protect it from damage during the winter.

Clean Your Air Conditioner

The end of the summer is the perfect time to clean out your air conditioner. Take out any air filters and clean them. If your air filters are covered with permanent dirt and stains, have them replaced with new filters. If your air conditioner unit is partially outside, clean out any leaves or debris that may have gotten caught in the fan over the summer. Cleaning out your air conditioner in the fall is the best way to prevent dirt from collecting in your unit over the winter and damaging your unit when you reactivate in the spring.

Drain Your Air Conditioner’s Evaporator Unit

Drain the evaporator unit of your air conditioner to prevent mold and mildew infestations from damaging the entire unit. As your air conditioner works, it pulls out moisture from the air and stores that condensation in the evaporator unit. If this moisture is neglected over the winter, it can lead to mold and rust. If you are unable to reach your evaporator unit by yourself, a professional air conditioner technician will be able to drain and clean out all the leftover moisture in your air conditioning unit.

Improve the quality and longevity of your air conditioner with these seasonal maintenance tips. For more expert advice and professional air conditioner maintenance and repairs, contact us today at R.J. Wiley.