HVAC Hacks: Tips for Novices and New Homeowners

How To Prepare Your Condenser For Winter

Just because summer is coming to an end, doesn't mean that you can completely neglect your AC system. In fact, if you have reached the point that you will no longer be running your AC in your commercial building for the rest of the season, there are a few simple things that you should do to prepare your system for the winter. This article explains some great ways to preserve and protect the condenser units during the winter.

Protecting the Condenser Unit and Hoses

The condenser unit is the most vulnerable component in an AC system, especially when it comes to winter and freezing temperatures. The condensers are outside, mounted to the ground, and exposed to the elements. This is a major concern if you live in a place where it snows during the winter. Of course, most condensers come with a vinyl or plastic cover. But, just putting the cover on your condenser for the winter it's not really enough.

You also want to make sure you thoroughly cover the condenser hose. This hose is coated in rubber, but it can still freeze and lead to cracking if it gets wet and thaws out. It is a good idea to wrap the hose in plastic just to keep it as dry as possible during the winter.

Covering the Bird Guard

Also, before you put your cover on top of your condenser unit, you should consider covering the bird guard at the top of the unit. This guard is meant to protect the main fan compartment. This card is basically just a metal cage, but if the snow melts and seeps through your condenser cover, the fan and electrical systems inside the main condenser compartment will get wet and possibly freeze during the winter. All you have to do is place a piece of wood on top of the bird guard before putting the cover on. This will definitely add more protection to your condenser, and it will be ready to stand up to all the snow.

These simple steps will also make it much easier to get your system up and running when spring comes around and you need to start relying on your air conditioner once again. And, if it does get hot again and you need to run your AC couple times before winter sets in, you can easily remove the condenser cover in the piece of wood. But, you can probably keep your hose covered with plastic.

Contact a company like Day's Appliance Repair Heatg & Air Condtng Co for more information and assistance.