Getting Your DeLand AC Unit Ready For The Florida Winter
Here in Central Florida, a DeLand AC unit in good working condition is a lifesaver during the summer months. But what happens during the winter? Every year lots of Floridians forget to “winterize” the AC unit. Around the time you begin to hang Holiday decorations, look to the friendly professionals at Jacob Heating & Air Conditioning for tips to properly maintain your air conditioner all year long.
Let’s not get ahead of ourselves. The very first thing to do with almost all home maintenance tasks is to unplug the unit. Find the electrical circuit outlet near the Deland AC Unit, usually covered by a plastic or metal lid. Lift the lid and switch the unit to the “OFF” position or simply unplug it. This step will prevent the unit from turning on during an unseasonably warm day. TIP FROM THE PROS: It is not dangerous to keep the unit plugged in and “ON” all winter long, just not while you’re working on it.
Clean and Protect the DeLand AC Unit
This is a great time for you to take a look around the unit to check for anything that seems out of place. Make sure that the area around the unit is relatively flat and uncluttered. Clear out leaves, twigs and debris the wind may have blown in around the air conditioning base. Wash the outer shell with a typical garden hose, being certain to remove bird droppings and dead bugs. Allow the unit to air dry completely to prevent water damage.
Once that step is complete you can move on to some basic protective measures. Wrapping exterior pipes with foam pipe covers is a good idea if you expect severe weather. A plastic or vinyl cover can keep winter rainstorms from causing rust as well. Some manufacturers make covers that are a custom fit for your DeLand AC Unit, but any waterproof cover can be used. Be sure to secure the cover with bungee cords so the wind doesn’t send it into your neighbor’s yard. If you will be out of town or prefer not to maintain the system yourself, a technician from Jacob will be happy to perform these steps for you.
Now that you’ve completed the basic steps to protect your investment throughout the cold months, it is safe to turn the AC unit back “ON”. About once per month, visually inspect the shell to make sure the cover it still secure, and brush off any snow or pinecones that may be in the immediate area.
It shouldn’t take more than about an hour to “winterize” your air conditioning system. Compared to the time it takes to untangle the holiday lights, your AC unit is pretty simple to care for.
Armed with these simple tips, your DeLand AC Unit should remain in proper working order for many years to come. As always, the experts at Jacob Heating & Air Conditioning are ready to help you with any questions or concerns you may have. Even in winter, it’s a good idea to protect your summer comfort.