Winter is upon us. Just imagine – as you are about to store your AC for the winter season, you notice an issue; should you have it addressed right away or should you wait till summer? There is no such thing as the best time to repair an AC. We suggest you have a technician take a look at your system as soon as possible.

Why the urgency for AC repair? If you ignore an AC issue when storing your system, the problem may snowball into a major issue and your unit might not work when you try to use it for the first time when summer arrives. You may also end up spending more on repair than you would have if you had the problem fixed right away.

When summer arrives, you’d want to have your AC on your side. If your AC develops a major problem, you might have to stay without it for a few days.

Perform a Thorough Visual Inspection Before Storing Your AC

Thoroughly inspect different parts of your AC before storing it. A thorough inspection will reveal hidden issues that may be brewing up. Visually inspect electrical components and tighten components as needed. Inspect/test capacitors and contactors. Check AC components for signs of rust.

Visually inspect exposed ductwork for leaks and kinks. Check if the refrigerant charge is lower or higher than the manufacturer’s specifications. Inspect all the lines and coils. Pay particular attention to any disconnects within 10 feet of the system. Check the integrity of suction line insulation.

Also, visually inspect supply registers and return vents. Clear any blockages. Test the compressor amp draw, blower motor amp draw, and condenser fan motor amp draw. Inspect and clean the condensate pump. Replace air filters at the return grilles and clean/flush the drain pipe. Inspect the drain pan and switch.

How to Properly Store an AC for Winter

Follow these steps to store your AC for winter.

  • Perform Pre-removal Checks: Unplug your AC from the power socket. Turn the circuit breaker off
  • Remove the Unit: Remove any sealants on the edges of your AC and gently pry it loose. Slide your AC out of the space. Once it is sufficiently loose, tilt it towards the outside. Pull your AC all the way out
  • Clean Your AC: A dirty AC can develop problems. Moisture problems can lead to a buildup of mold or fungus. To prevent these issues, give your AC a thorough wash. First, clean the filters, then the condenser coil and drip tray
  • Pack Away Your AC: After all the components have dried up, lay them out and reassemble. Once you have reassembled your AC, use an AC cover to cover it. Store your AC in a dry place.

John Owens Services is a leading HVAC contractor. We are your go-to team for air conditioning installation near you in San Rafael. To discuss your project with a professional, call 415-942-6565.


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