Every Phoenician looks forward to the cool, moderate temperatures of winter. And our AC systems, which have been running all summer, gladly welcome a break from non-stop cooling.
To prepare your AC for winter, we recommend:
Let’s look at each of these recommendations in more detail below.
If you have an AC/furnace combo, you can turn off the outdoor AC unit during winter, or at least during the coldest months. To do this, look for an electrical box near the outdoor unit. Inside the box is an ON/OFF switch which you can turn to the OFF position.
The outdoor unit disconnect box
However, if you have a heat pump, you’ll need to leave the outdoor unit on because your heat pump uses it to warm your home.
Don’t know if you have a heat pump or regular AC? Refer to our blog: “How Do I Know If I Have an AC or a Heat Pump?”
After the dusty monsoon season, your outdoor unit’s coils and fins are probably dirty and covered with debris. Before retiring your AC for the winter, we recommend that you clean these parts (or have a professional clean them for you).
To clean your outdoor unit, follow these steps:
If you have an AC cover, you can put it on the outdoor unit after it has dried from the cleaning. This will keep dust off of the unit during winter. Be sure to remove the cover once you turn your AC back on.
However, if you have a heat pump, you should leave the outdoor unit uncovered because otherwise you’ll prevent the heat pump from warming your home.
Whether you have a furnace or a heat pump, it’s a good idea to have it checked out by a professional before winter starts.
During a check-up, a technician will inspect and clean important parts to make sure they are functioning properly. If a part needs to be fixed or replaced, the technician can often fix it then or schedule a follow-up visit, which saves you the hassle of being stuck with a broken heating system in the middle of winter.
A check-up also helps your heating system run at its highest efficiency. When your furnace or heat pump runs at its highest efficiency, it consumes less energy to heat your home, which results in lower monthly energy bills.
When you hire George Brazil for an HVAC check-up, you can count on our technicians to thoroughly inspect your furnace or heat pump to make sure it’s ready for winter.