Caring for Your Provo Air Conditioner During the Winter

Although you may not think about your Provo home’s air conditioner often when the weather is cold, your cooling system still needs care during the winter season. While your heating system is working full-time to keep your home warm and comfortable, it’s important to take a few moments each month to maintain your air conditioner to ensure it is ready to work as soon as warmer weather occurs. If you discover an issue with your air conditioner at any time, your Orem HVAC service can provide fast repairs so you won’t lose efficiency or comfort when cooling season begins.

Check Your Outdoor Unit

Harsh winter weather can be hard on your air conditioner’s outdoor unit, which remains constantly exposed to the elements. At least once a month, take a walk outside to look at your air conditioner’s condenser to check it for icing, damage, or other signs that it may need attention. If your condenser is located near trees or other landscaping, keep the area clear and address any dead branches to prevent them from falling on the unit. You should also check for excessive ice buildup on the condenser, which can cause damage that will affect its cooling performance in the spring. Air conditioner covers can keep snow, ice, and debris out of the unit when poor weather is expected, or simply offer preventive protection from pests, weather, and wind; however, if you plan to use an air conditioner cover, talk to your HVAC service about the right product—covering your air conditioner improperly can also cause problems, such as moisture buildup that leads to icing and damage.

Change the Furnace Filter

Your furnace filter protects both your air conditioner and your furnace from excessive dirt and dust buildup as they operate. Changing this filter regularly is the key to keeping your entire HVAC system clean and running efficiently for excellent indoor air quality and lower energy bills. Leaving a dirty filter in place too long while your heat is running allows dust to build up inside your HVAC appliances; it can also strain the blower motor, which moves air from both your heating and cooling system into your home’s ducts. Blower motor problems can lead to overheating and breakdowns in the future that bring your home comfort system to a complete halt and leave you without heating or cooling until HVAC repairs can be made. Thus, maintaining a regular regimen of changing your furnace filter during every season is the best way to protect your entire HVAC system all year long.

Schedule Spring Maintenance

While spring HVAC maintenance may not be on your mind during the coldest months of the year, setting a date for your air conditioner’s spring tune-up will keep you from forgetting to schedule this essential task. Regular yearly maintenance from a professional technician is one of the easiest and very best ways to protect your air conditioner and ensure it provides the cooling you expect for the full predicted lifetime of the system. A spring tune-up may seem like a minor task, but it will vastly improve the overall efficiency of your air conditioning system and keep it in great shape to prevent uncomfortable and unnecessary cooling breakdowns later in the season.

Our Orem HVAC experts are here to help you keep your home comfortable throughout the year. Please visit us online or click through our monthly blog to discover how working with your HVAC professional can help you save time and money, as well as eliminate the stress associated with home comfort problems.
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