Living in New Jersey, you’re acutely aware that your air conditioner is vital to your home’s comfort during the hot summer months. As we are approaching the cooler fall season, you’ll likely use your air conditioner less and less, but simply turning it off isn’t enough to properly prepare for its winter hiatus. Taking the steps now to winterize your air conditioner will have it in top running order next spring when it is time to turn it back on. There are several things you can do to winterize your air conditioning unit: Turn the power off to the central air conditioning unit. Every central air unit has an exterior power source that provides its power. Open the unit and find the switch that controls the power. Each manufacturer is different so refer to your owner’s manual if you have any questions about the power switch. Clear the outside of the unit. Different types of debris can collect on or near your unit, including grass clippings, falling leaves, dirt, and dust. Use a broom to clear this debris off the unit. Carefully inspect the exterior unit. Cracks and rust can form on exterior units. Double-check to ensure that all seals are tight and there are no visible cracks. If you do find it in need of repairs, contact a professional to perform this maintenance. Consider using a cover. A cover can be purchased at your local home improvement store and will help prevent rust from forming and the unit from becoming damaged. Continue to monitor the unit during the winter months. An accumulation of moisture can cause rust and may compromise system performance. Remove any snow or ice build that may affect performance due to excess weight on the top of the unit. At Pipe Works Services, we are committed to your family’s heating and air conditioning needs 12 months a year. Please contact us to discuss ways to protect your HVAC system during the winter months or to schedule a preventive maintenance visit from one of our highly trained professional technicians. Our goal is to help educate our customers about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about getting your air conditioner ready for winter and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide. Pipe Works Services serves Chatham, NJ, and the surrounding areas. Visit our website to see our special offers and get started today!