It’s that time of year again – the leaves are starting to change color, the weather is turning colder, and the heat in your furnace has kicked on.
Our handy-dandy fall guide is below to tell you everything you need to do to prepare your cooling system for the coming months.
Cooling system preparation
Yes, we know it sounds a little confusing to say that you need to get your air conditioner ready for fall and winter, but air conditioning maintenance is an essential part of your fall checklist! You need to make sure that your air conditioner is protected from the elements, and you also need to prepare the system to be up and running next spring!
Clean the condenser coils
The first thing you should do is clean your A/C condenser coils. First, you will need to turn off the power to the unit. Then, get rid of any dirt, debris, leaves, and sticks that you can visibly see on and around the A/C unit. Next, use a bristle brush or similar attachment on your vacuum to clean off the fins. If you feel comfortable doing this next part yourself, you can also unscrew the top grille from the A/C unit, lift out the fan, and then vacuum any more debris you see inside. Then, spray the fins with a garden hose to truly ensure a clean unit.
If there’s any part of this process you don’t feel comfortable with yourself, call a Ballard technician, and we’ll be right there to help!
Another easy step to ensure your air conditioner is working at its most optimal next year and doesn’t face the wear and tear of the winter months is to cover it up! You can do this with a tarp (secured at ground level with plywood, bricks, etc.). Also, consider an A/C cover, which you can find at many home improvement stores or online. This easy step saves your A/C unit from being exposed to the winter elements!
Last but not least, the best way to keep your A/C system from getting clogged with leaves and other debris this fall (and winter) is to trim the landscaping! Ideally, there will be three feet of space between your A/C unit and any bushes or trees. Otherwise, the mess can interfere with the smooth operation of your air conditioner – which you don’t want when it comes time to turn it on again next spring! So that’s our fall checklist for your air conditioner! If you follow these steps, your cooling system will work more efficiently and last longer. If you need help following any of these steps, you can contact us at Ballard. We provide heating and cooling services for all the Inland Empire area! Schedule an appointment or call now: 909-882-1748