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3 Air Conditioning Services Recommended For Before Winter Approaches

If you make an effort to properly maintain and care for your central air conditioning unit, you can expect it to last you anywhere from 15 to 20 years. While most air conditioning units can be left alone for the most part of the year, you need to take extra precautions to prepare each unit for winter and for summer. You're most likely not going to use your air conditioning unit during the winter. Although it's going to sit idle, it can still be susceptible to the harsh winter elements. These 3 types of air conditioning services can prepare your unit for winter before the cold weather approaches.

Installation of Custom Fit Covers for Outdoor Units and Parts

Any part of the unit that is located outdoors is susceptible to harsh winter weather conditions. Not only will metal parts contract and expand, but any water that gets into the air conditioning unit can potentially cause inner structural damage. The best way to combat this issue is to get custom fit covers installed. These covers will protect the unit from falling ice, snow and rain. A cover also closes your unit off from the outdoors in order to prevent rodents and other pests from making  a home within the unit during the winter.

Opting to get properly fitted covers for the unit during servicing is a much better option than simply trying to cover the unit yourself with a tarp. The professionals have the diagnostic tools needed to verify that there are no leakages in the cover. They can also ensure that the more vulnerable parts of the air conditioner will be successfully sealed off and that some parts are still properly ventilated in order to prevent accumulation of condensation from fluctuating temporal conditions.

Removal of Dirt, Debris and Moisture within the Unit

During the winter, any dirt, debris and moisture that were lodged within the unit during previous months can cause further damage to the overall system. Opt for air conditioning services that will give your unit a thorough cleaning before winter approaches to avoid further exasperating even the smallest issues. For example, moisture buildup within the unit can cause the inside of the unit to begin to rust, and dirt and dust lodged within the unit can  eventually obstruct the filters, vents and airflow pathway. This will have a negative impact on the overall energy efficiency of the unit.

Dirt and dust may become further embedded onto the surface of the coils and fins during the winter and become a nuisance when you're trying to remove them at a later time.

Proper Shut Down of Power

Since you won't be needing the air conditioning unit any time soon, you'll want to give it some time off, so to speak, by turning the entire system off. Depending on how your central air conditioning unit is hooked up in your home, this may require more than simply switching off the power. Air conditioning services that prepare the unit for winter will unplug all parts of the unit and seal power outlets and electrical parts.

This type of servicing is especially important if you have air conditioning units with automatic sensors that turn the unit on and off based on what the detected temperature inside the room is. You don't want your unit to unknowingly be working overtime when it is not needed.


Get your air conditioning unit serviced before winter approaches, and you'll be able to enjoy many more years from it. Regular servicing also works to keep your air conditioning unit efficient for when summer approaches and will limit the amount of repairs that will be needed. For more information, contact a business such as Blume Mechanical Service.