The air conditioner in a home is a valuable resource. Our summer months make it unbearable to live without one. When the season's change and we get closer to the Winter months, many home owners forget they own an air conditioner and fail to maintain it properly.
I've heard of instances from home owners who forgot to turn they're air conditioning unit off in the fall and accidentally turn it on once in the spring to mediate a hot day, but only to find out in the summer that their air conditioning doesn't work due to a faulty compressor.
When the temperature reaches 16 degrees celsius, it's time to turn off your air conditioning. The air conditioner unit called an 'A' coil, located in the ducts above the furnace dumps heat outside. Terminal damage may be caused to the compressor if it isn't properly maintained. It's suggested a service provider should perform service maintenance prior to turning it on every spring.
Also, in the winter months, its very important to cover the outside air conditioning unit. Many people purchase the air conditioner covers from Home Depot or Lowe's, but be careful because the build up moisture tends to rust the the cabinet and other metal parts because the covers are so air tight. One method I found effective is a piece of wood with a few stones to hold it down. Ultimately keeping the build up of snow from getting inside the unit but also allowing air to flow freely throughout.
Check out more tips at your local Home Depot or Lowes. If you have any questions feel free to e-mail any time!
All the best,