How to Protect your Outdoor A/C Unit this Winter

Three tips to protect your outdoor air conditioning unit during the cold winter season

Did you know that ice and snow can seriously damage your outdoor A/C unit

If you do have central air conditioning installed in your home, it’s important to ensure that the cold weather doesn’t hurt the unit. 

As we head deeper into the winter season, here are a few things you should know when it comes to protecting your outdoor A/C unit so you can avoid any cold weather damage.

Make sure that the unit is covered. 

Covering your A/C unit is the most important way to protect it from the elements. Use a breathable material like wood to surround the unit, so as to prevent it from getting clogged with dead leaves and ice.

Keeping the air conditioning unit covered also ensures that it is protected from direct sunlight, which can cause wear and tear on the unit over time.

Monitor the unit to make sure there’s no flooding around the base.

Here in the Pacific Northwest, our winters are known for one major thing: rain. This can be an issue when it comes to outdoor A/C units, as any flooding around the base of the unit can damage it. To avoid rain damage, make sure your unit is mounted on concrete, rather than sitting directly on grass.

Check your outdoor unit regularly for pests.

When you cover your A/C unit, it’s important to check it periodically for mice or rats that may try to nest beneath your cover. Pests tend to seek out warm, dark places to sleep in the winter months, and they might see your A/C unit as the perfect spot. It’s always a good idea to keep an eye out for pests in your outdoor air conditioner unit!

If you have any questions about heating or cooling your home, give us a call! Taylor Heating and A/C is a family owned business, serving the South Puget Sound area (Tacoma, Puyallup, Seattle, and more).

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