Winterize And Prep Your Air-Conditioner For A Michigan Winter
Now Is The Time To Prepare
The transition from summer to winter in Michigan is fast. it’s important to prep Your Air-Conditioner unit before the first snowfall. By winterizing your AC, you can protect it from harsh weather, ice, and rust so you don’t have to worry when it’s time for the Michigan Summer heat.
Follow These Few Tips
I learned the following tips from my longtime friend Mark Causley. Leaving your AC unit exposed to seasonal conditions can damage your unit and cost you money for repairs. A few simple steps will save you time, money, and sweat when summer returns.
- Turn the power to the AC Off – Locate the AC disconnect switch near your unit and flip the switch to “off.” If there isn’t one, then switch the breaker at the main panel to “off”. When your AC has no available power, it won’t surprise you in January.
- Change The Filter – Don’t know how many times my friend Mark Casley has told me, to change your filters. With a dirty and clogged filter, you run the risk of circulating dirt throughout your home.
- Clean the Unit Before You Cover It – Covering your AC unit helps protect it from ice, snow, and cold winds. A waterproof vinyl cover works best. Make sure to secure it down. Michigan winds are famous for blowing covers off everything
- Inspect the Foam Insulation on The Pipes – Make sure the foam pipe cover is in good repair and doesn’t expose the copper tubing anywhere.
- It always Good To Have A Professional Look At Your Air Unit– A Professional inspection is always a good idea in case you might miss something. A good AC tech will always go through a point checklist to make sure everything is safe and up to standards. Trust me this will save you a lot of money in the long run and expensive repairs in the future.
My friend Mark Causley saved my father from a costly repair from a company that tried to take advantage of a senior citizen. A local company that I won’t name tried to sell him an AC unit he didn’t need. So I asked Mark for a second opinion. Glad I did as Mark was honest and showed me a simple condenser wire had come off. He put it back on and told my father no charge. Good to know there are honest companies and people out there. Make sure you do your homework on repeatable companies. To save you time and hassle, winterize your air conditioner and ensure that your unit is properly cared for by a good trusting company.