Last month, we delved into the age old question: What do I do with my window air conditioner during the winter months?
Okay, so maybe it’s not age old. We’re doubting it was something Confucius ever asked. But, still, it was something we needed to address. Lucky for you, dear reader, Mastercraft isn’t the business of philosophy–unless you mean zen and the art of furnace maintenance. We’re pretty good at that.
Anyhow, we hope we helped you out with your window AC unit. But what about our friends with central air conditioners? What do they do to winterize their units? Central air conditioning units aren’t exactly considered ‘mobile’ now, are they? Well, fear not…….
How to prepare you central air conditioner for winter
- First of all, winterizing your outside central air units doesn’t take much. These things are built to withstand the elements. The manufacturers know that these machines will be sitting outside year round–two feet of snow or not. If you choose not to do anything, you’ll probably be okay. But, as we say, better safe than sorry. So here’s what we recommend.
- Find the master power switch for your unit and turn it off. There’s no point in keeping it on if the a/c is going to be off for the next several months.
- Clean the outside of the unit. If you choose to cover your unit during the winter months, give the unit a good, light brushing beforehand.
- Cover the unit. AC covers typically cost under $30 and are easy to find.
- Clear any snow or ice that builds up on top of your unit. Any unnecessary strain to your expensive unit should be avoided.
- Fire up that furnace and stay warm!