Preparing Your Outside Heating Unit for Winter

As the warm weather of summer draws to a close and the winds of fall begin to remind one of the coming winter temperatures, it is time to make sure that your heater is ready to keep your home warm during the cold and snow of winter. After all, you don’t want to discover that winter’s cold has caused you some cooling problems next spring!

So as you make the fall inspection to ensure that the weather stripping is in place, that there is sufficient insulation, that the vents are set appropriately, and that the pipes are wrapped to prevent bursting, be sure that you take the time to prepare your outside heating unit for winter temperatures. This winterizing also protects against cold weather, snow, ice and rust damage.

  • 1. To prevent having your AC unit automatically turn on should you have an unusually warm day, open the lid and flip the switch to turn the unit off.
  • 2. Wash the air conditioning unit with a hose to remove bird droppings, dead bugs, dirt and dust.
  • 3. Remove leaves, small branches and grass clippings from the unit, be sure to allow the unit to dry completely.
  • 4. Get foam and cut it to fit the length and diameter of the exposed pipes. The foam will insulate the pipes and prevent them from freezing when extreme temperature occur. The foam covers can be secured in place using duct tape.
  • 5. Consider purchasing a waterproof plastic or vinyl cover for your HVAC unit. Many HVAC manufacturers have these available for purchase. Keep in mind, these are a great investment-especially if it saves you the cost of calling the repairperson next spring!
  • 6. Using  vinyl ropes or bungee cords, secure the air conditioning cover to ensure that the cover won’t blow away with winter’s strong winds.
  • 7. Throughout the winter, check your air conditioner once a week to make sure the cover is secure. Remove twigs, pinecones and leaves from the cover and brush any water, snow and ice off the unit.

If you have given any thought to preparing your outside heating unit for winter then you will want to add this job to your autumn To Do List as well as to your winter chore list. Yes, it may mean adding a few minutes worth of work to your chores, but it can save you the cost of a repairperson coming to your home next spring. If you are not certain you know how to winterize your outside heating unit, give Prescription Heating and Cooling a call today or contact us online. We would love to help you!