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How to Winterize Your Air Conditioning Unit

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Prepare your home for winter with HVAC maintenance and protection for your air conditioning unit. Even in mild winter climates like Jacksonville, Florida, air conditioning systems benefit from winterized care. When you protect your HVAC system from the elements, you extend the life of your unit and prevent the need for repairs. Save money and inconvenience with scheduled HVAC maintenance and winterization for your air conditioner.

 

Steps to Winterize Your Jacksonville Air Conditioning Unit

Schedule Seasonal HVAC Maintenance

The best way to prepare your air conditioner for winter is with scheduled preventative HVAC maintenance. Regular seasonal maintenance helps identify problems or needed repairs in order to avoid more costly and inconvenient issues later. Also, HVAC maintenance includes system cleaning and usually air filter replacement. By scheduling fall HVAC maintenance, you can prepare your furnace for winter and protect your air conditioning unit throughout the year.

 

Clean Unit Located Outside

Many air conditioning systems are two-part units. The outside portion of the unit is called the air conditioning condenser. This part of the unit contains special components, including a compressor, fins, a fan and tubes. The outdoor condenser receives more wear and tear from the elements than the interior portion of the unit. At the end of the summer season, clean the outdoor unit. For your safety, shut off the system before you start. Remove any debris and built-up grime. Then, use a hose to rinse off the unit.

 

Cover the Outside Air Conditioning Condenser

Once you’ve cleaned the AC condenser, allow the unit to dry. After the condenser is dry, cover the unit. Most hardware stores carrier covers for outdoor AC units. The cover can be used throughout the winter to protect the equipment from damage. Also, the covers are relatively easy to remove if unseasonably warm weather moves through and you need to turn on your AC unit. The important thing is to protect your system in order to avoid repairs and extend the life of your unit.

 

Change the Air Filter

If you’ve scheduled HVAC maintenance, then your air filter was likely changed. However, if not, change your air filter before you turn on your furnace. Clean air filters improve HVAC energy efficiency, which saves money in utility costs. Also, clean air filter allow air to move more freely through your HVAC unit. This means your system doesn’t have to work as hard to heat or cool your home. Since it’s recommended to change your air filter every one to three months, the change of seasons is the perfect time to also change your air filter.

 

Repair Any Maintenance Issues

Maintenance issues won’t fix themselves. Instead, they are likely to worsen over time. Don’t put off needed repairs until the spring. Deal with the issues before you shut down your air conditioning unit for the winter. Many of the issues causing your AC trouble may also impact your heating system. When repairs are addressed at the start of an issue, instead of when the system is totally broken, they usually cost less to fix. Stay on top of maintenance issues in order to protect your HVAC unit.

 

Clean Air Vents

When you switch your HVAC system from cooling to heating, do the proper cleaning. This including cleaning the air vents or registers in your home. It’s easy to clean air vents. Simply vacuum out the vents. If dust is built up, use a damp cloth to wipe the surface of the vent, then allow to dry completely to avoid rust. Cleaning your air vents improves air quality in your home. This can be especially important as you prepare for winter because many people spend more time indoors during the winter months.

 

Update Insulation

As you prepare your air conditioner for winter, inspect your attic insulation to ensure proper coverage. Especially if you felt like your AC unit had to work harder to cool your home, you may have an insulation problem. Over time, insulation compacts and needs replacement. J&W Heating and Air offers blown-in fiberglass insulation installation.

 

Reprogram Your Thermostat

The settings for your thermostat should be different for winter and summer in order to maximize energy efficiency. For example, during the summer months you may set your thermostat temperature higher at 72 degrees. While during the winter months, you may set it lower at 68 degrees. The fluctuation in temperature isn’t that great, but the energy savings will add up over time.

 

Upgrade to a Smart Thermostat

If you don’t already own a smart, programmable thermostat, do so when you prepare your AC for winter. Smart thermostats add energy efficiency, which saves homeowners money. Also, smart thermostats are affordable and pay for themselves quickly. The customization and convenient remote access created with a smart thermostat gives you more control over the cooling and heating of your home.

 

Turn Off Your Air Conditioner

Remember to turn off the power to your air conditioning unit. For most units, you need to switch the setting to heat in order for your furnace to start heating your home. Don’t wait until the first cold snap winterize your HVAC system. Instead, start early and have your unit ready for winter.

 

Get Started!

Contact J&W Heating and Air to schedule preventative HVAC maintenance. We work with our clients in Jacksonville, Florida to help prepare your air conditioning unit for winter. Allow our expert technicians to keep your home in top shape. Whether you need HVAC repairs, new insulation or a new HVAC unit, we’re here to help. Contact us today!

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Stacy Russell
Stacy Russell
15:10 02 Jun 20
I will be recommending J&W to my friends and family. They were very professional and on time. Did a very well job in... a quality manner. Dustin, Mark, and Robert. Worked very well together and was in and out with no cleanup for me to do. Thanks so much for getting my home back to a cool environment.read more
Phillip Wallace
Phillip Wallace
13:46 27 May 20
Just had an entirely new, full HVAC install done at our old house in Riverside, which was a fairly big job. Brian and... Will did the installation, and were awesome. There was going to be issues leveling the air handler in the attic, so they moved it to a new spot and hung it instead, getting new parts/changing the plan on the fly. We're much happier with this new setup and location of the air handler. I really appreciated this, their professionalism/thoroughness, and flexibility. Brian and Will worked super-hard, and double-checked everything once the job was done. Would use this company again.read more
Louis Kincheloe
Louis Kincheloe
21:18 01 May 20
Two installers here early this morning. Worked all day. Very professional, extremely well mannered and quick to answer... all my questions. They are Dustin and Robert. Both men went above just installing my new unit, they were personable and knowledgeable in what they were doing. I was surprised when I found out these two hadn't been working that long together. They worked extremely well together. I highly recommend this two men.read more
Shirley Davis-So Brooks
Shirley Davis-So Brooks
18:10 01 Jun 18
Very pleased with installation of York A/C Heating unit. Jason Bottoms and Jason Flatearth were professional, ... arrived on time and completed the job in a timely manner. The unit looks great. They upgraded and repaired everything that needed it. Great Job.read more
James Ponciano
James Ponciano
22:46 03 May 18
A snake crawled into my outdoor condenser and stopped my 16 year old Trane last week on Thursday. The power surge took... out my blower unit circuit board and the motor. I called J&W and Rob was over within two hours of my call. I was spec'd a new York 17 seer system and it was up and running on Monday. Technicians Jason and Brian arrived promptly and every facet of the installation was thorough. When completed, I would not of even known they were there except they left my garage cleaner! Thanks J&W!read more
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