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When winter weather looms over your Lake Forest, Illinois, home, your first thought probably concerns your furnace and the role it plays in your home’s comfort. However, you shouldn’t let the condition of your air conditioner fall by the wayside. During cold weather, your air conditioner goes into hibernation, but it still needs some love. With proper winterization maintenance, you can ensure the integrity of your AC when you need it next year.

Clean the Exterior

The exterior portion of your air conditioner, known as the compressor, is exposed to the elements throughout the season. Because of its location, it gets subjected to a variety of debris, and if left in the air conditioner, these objects can cause a plethora of problems. Before winter hits in force, use a hose to clear the dirt, leaves, and debris from your system. This action prevents rust, clogs, and could limit future repairs.

Cover It Up

Homeowners have probably heard different suggestions on whether or not to cover an air conditioner compressor. However, most experts agree that covering the compressor keeps it free from debris and limits wear and tear on the system. A thrifty approach to the problem is to cover the top with a piece of plywood, but if you have some extra funds, use a form-fitting vinyl cover. Regardless of which method you choose, the important thing is to keep the air conditioner clean. Remember: Never turn on the air conditioner while it’s covered to avoid a hazard.

Schedule a Tuneup

It may seem counterintuitive to schedule an air conditioning tuneup when you’re heading into the cold season, but it’s best to err on the side of caution. One of the worst things you can do is wait until summer hits, only to find that your air conditioner isn’t working. Instead of rolling the dice next year, get a tuneup now when you have your furnace checked. Our service professionals will come out and make sure that everything is functioning properly.

Keep your air conditioner in tip-top shape so it’s ready for the workload next spring and summer by enlisting the help of our factory-trained technicians. Call Ireland Heating & Air Conditioning Co. today at 847-388-0108.

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