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Preparing Your Air Conditioner for Winter

We have one last air conditioning blog post for you before your system goes into hibernation. The temperature is starting to drop and it’s officially fall, which means it’s officially heating season. Nowadays, you’re probably only thinking about preparing your furnace, but we’re here to tell you that a little A/C winter preparation will help lighten your load for next summer.


Here are the top three things you can do to prepare your air conditioner for the colder months.


To cover or not to cover

One of the most highly debated topics on preparing your air conditioner for winter is whether or not you should put a cover on top of it. On the one hand, covers protect your system from debris, falling ice and other build-ups that can get lodged in your system over the winter. On the other, covers can cause air flow problems that trap moisture in your system or create a cozy home for an animal looking to stay warm – both of which can lead to damaged parts.


When it comes down to it, the decision is up to you. We recommend purchasing a cover designed to allow ventilation. This will protect your system from the elements and avoid airflow issues.


Cut the power

Your air conditioner has a power outlet in a small box attached to the wall, it’s best to shut this off during the winter. It’s unlikely that there are any electrical problems over the winter, but it is best to keep your machine off so that it doesn’t turn on before you want it to. If your machine starts in the summer before you’re prepared it, there could be debris or other problems with the system that could damage it if not taken care of beforehand.


Have your equipment serviced

It’s best to have your system serviced before the winter for many reasons. One, your system will be ready when you need it next summer. Two, if your system is dirty it could cause the same airflow problems that a restrictive cover could cause, trapping moisture in the machine.


Ensure your air conditioner is ready for hibernation by scheduling service with us today!


Special Gas Services has been family-owned and -operated since 1968. Proudly serving Brampton, Caledon, Mississauga, Georgetown and Bolton.

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