Having your HVAC contractor out to care for your air conditioner in the fall may seem a little strange at first. In the fall, you've probably stopped using your air conditioner without plans to turn it on again for a few months. However, there are actually a few things your HVAC contractor can do for your AC unit during this season.
1. Remove Built-Up Grime
A long summer of keeping your house cool can leave an air conditioner coated in grime. If even a small amount of condensation accumulates on the unit while it is operating — which happens all the time — dust and dirt will stick to this condensation. The longer this layer of grime sits on your air conditioner's components, the harder it will be to remove. Your AC contractor can remove the grime now, before it gets frozen and even more stuck to the system so that you have a clean and fully-functioning air conditioner come springtime.
2. Remove Leaves
Autumn is the season of falling leaves! Falling leaves are lovely to look at, but they also get caught in your air conditioning unit's cover and cage. Over the winter, these leaves may cling onto moisture, which will then freeze and potentially cause damage to the air conditioner. It's best to remove the leaves now, which is something your HVAC contractor can do for you.
3. Cover the Unit
Covering your air conditioner over the winter is a good way to protect it from dirt, falling branches, and moisture exposure. And although covering the unit sounds pretty simple, there are some intricacies to it. You need to be sure you're using the right cover, and you need to place vents in the cover in the right spots to allow just enough airflow to the unit. You could certainly do this yourself with a little guidance, but if your HVAC contractor is coming out anyway, you might as well leave the task to them.
4. Check Insulation
Finally, your HVAC contractor can check the insulation around any AC vents or exhaust pipes and make sure there are no gaps where cold air can seep into your home over the winter. They can use spray foam or caulk to plug these holes, as needed.
Fall may sound like a strange time to have your air conditioner serviced, but there are a lot of benefits to having your HVAC contractor come out before winter arrives.
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