Prepare Your Air Conditioner For The Season

When you turn your air conditioner off for the last time as the cooler temperatures start to move in, you also want to make sure you prepare it for the winter months. When you treat your air conditioning system right, it will last longer, need fewer repairs, and save you money on your utilities. Here are three things you are going to want to do to protect your air conditioner for those months when you aren't going to be needing it:

1: Put a new filter in

While you are going to want to make sure you keep a clean filter in the unit while it is in use, you should also replace the current filter with a brand-new one before the air conditioning sits for the winter. There are two good reasons for doing this. The first reason is so you don't get surprised by a hot day and not be able to use the AC because it still has last year's dirty filter in it. The second reason is so you know you will be covered should it slip your mind to put in a clean filter before you start using the AC again. However, you do want to do your best to make sure a clean filter is never something that does slip your mind.

2: Make sure the concrete pad is still level

This is a great time to make sure the concrete pad the unit is sitting on is still level. While the whole purpose of having the unit placed on a pad is to protect it from shifting and moving, you still need to verify that nothing has changed to the ground that has led to a side of the pad sinking. If the pad isn't level, then get someone out to take care of the issue as soon as you are able to get them out.

3: Cover the unit

You want to make sure the unit is protected from all of the rain and snow that may be relentless during parts of the upcoming winter season. Clean the area around the unit and cover it with a tarp.


Once winter has passed and the time for you to use the air conditioner again is approaching, make sure you have a tech come out to service the unit for you. You want to be sure it has already been serviced for the year before you turn it on again.

To learn more, contact an air conditioning maintenance contractor near you.