How should I protect my home air conditioner during winter?

A home air conditioner offers comfort during the summer and spring months. But as summer turns to fall, we begin to wonder how we can protect our home air conditioner from the winter weather. For all air conditioners the first thing to do is to drain an excess water from the unit, which can be done by using the drain plug at the bottom of the unit, and allow the inside of the unit to dry for 1 week. If the unit can be removed from its mount, then remove it and place it in a dry and relatively cool place away from the elements. If the unit cannot be removed, then cover it with a thick tarp, and tie it off with bungee cords or rope.

Problem 3 – Circuit Breaker

If the fuse is also intact then check whether the breaker in the circuit had tripped, if so reset the circuit breaker and start the machine again.

Problem 4 – Thermostat

Check the temperature of the thermostat, if it is way off the mark, set it to a correct temperature. Else, check if the thermostat is stuck at a particular temperature. This will happen only if the filter has become dry due to dirt accumulation or dead batteries. Fix the problem of the filter either by cleaning, replacing or charging the batteries. At times, the filter gets stuck and if this happens, the machine can’t operate as the evaporator coil freezes.

Problem 5 – Other Common Problems

Check if the air conditioner is choked with the debris or plant growth. A window air conditioner needs to circulate air, and if debris like grass or other objects get sucked in, it damages the capacitor and in extreme cases, the air conditioner can also be blown. So, clear the debris and other vegetation growing around the air conditioner.

If all the above mentioned methods fail, then a problem in compressor, condenser or evaporator might be the culprit. If that is the case, you have no option but to get a professional help.