Often neglected is one of the most important components of a cooling system. That is the condensing unit outside churning away in the heat of summer. Well this guy needs a little loving too as winter approaches:
- Clean Condensing Unit of Debris:
Take a hose with the spray head set to "jet" or the highest pressure you have and clean the fan blades and condensing coils of clear of debris and dirt.
- Cover Condensing Unit:
Left unprotected the condensing unit can be damaged by wet leaves and debris that contribute to rusting and freezing of internal components. Although these units are designed for outdoor use, covering them with a breathable waterproof cover made for that purpose goes a long way to extending the life and efficient performance of the unit.
- And for window air conditioners, remove them and store for winter. If they can't be removed, then close the vents and make sure to get a air conditioning cover similar to condensing unit cover described above.