Use These Pointers To Winterize Your Air Conditioner

Like it or not, it’s time to winterize your air conditioner. It’s true that Florida winters are relatively mild, but you still need to protect your equipment through the colder months. Following a few simple steps will help you lengthen the life of your valuable equipment and keep it operating efficiently for many more summers to come.

Tampa Bay residents have another important reason to winterize air conditioners: corrosion. Salt air can be very corrosive on the metals in your air-conditioning unit, especially the condenser coil. Cleaning and protecting the outdoor unit will go a long way toward reducing this corrosive effect.

These are some steps you can take to protect your air conditioner this winter:

  • Turn off the power. All air conditioners have an external circuit that will cut off power to the unit. This will help keep you safe while you winterize the system, and prevent you from accidentally turning on the air conditioning this winter.
  • Clean the outside unit. Clear away debris and trim any nearby plants, shrubs, or trees. Tampa Bay residents should also wash the coil and casing to remove salt deposits and prevent corrosion.
  • Check for damage. Inspect the casing and coil for any leaks or cracks. Call Simpson Air if you find any; fixing these issues now can prevent further damage and save you money on costlier repairs.
  • Cover the outside unit. Although this is optional in many areas, we highly recommend this step for coastal residents. An air conditioner cover will minimize the amount of salt that is allowed to settle on equipment surfaces, reducing corrosion.
  • Keep an eye on your conditioner in winter. After you winterize your air conditioner, make sure it stays protected. Don’t allow debris to collect at the base, clear any precipitation that collects on top, and check the cover for tears.

If you have more questions about how to winterize your air conditioner, get in touch with a representative from Simpson Air. We can walk you through it or just come over and do it for you. Call us any time, ask an expert online, or schedule an appointment.