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Caring for Your Outdoor Air Conditioning Unit

caring-for-your-outdoor-ac-unitPunxsutawney Phil predicted it—we have 6 weeks left of winter! Okay so that doesn’t mean much here in Burbank, where it’s rare that we miss the sun and its subsequent warmth for more than a week or so at any given time. However, we did recently have heavy rain in Southern California—and lots of it. Hopefully you and your home were prepared for it and you didn’t experience any property damage. One factor that not enough homeowners think about when protecting their homes from the rare but potentially destructive inclement weather is the condition of their outdoor AC unit.

Fortunately, if something does happen to this important home comfort unit, you have us to provide fast and accurate air conditioning repairs in Burbank, CA. Of course, we understand that you’d like to avoid needing emergency repairs for your AC all together. That’s why we’ve provided a brief guide below to help you care for your outdoor unit.

Hide the Unit, but Don’t Conceal It

Many well-meaning homeowners like to hide their outdoor AC unit or heat pump, both for aesthetic purposes as well as keeping it out of harsh weather—both rain in the winter and the hot sun in the summer. This makes sense, but are you leaving room for your HVAC technician to access the unit for maintenance and repairs?

Additionally, you want to make sure that you don’t have any bushes planted too close to the unit, or any other type of landscaping. Dirt, mulch, lawn clippings, and leaves are all bad for your outdoor unit. Outside units utilize air from the outside to function as they should, so completely enclosing the unit will decrease the airflow. It’s fine to have trees overhead to provide shade for the unit, but another factor you want to watch out for is the tree roots—you don’t want them infiltrating the unit.

Cover the Unit When It Is Not in Use

Our air conditioners may be out of commission for a much shorter time than in other parts of the country—but still, there are a few good months where we don’t use them at all. Naturally, when we aren’t using them, we don’t pay much attention to them, right? That being said, it’s wise to cover the unit during these months. This will protect the unit from debris such as leaves, tree branches, and harsh rain. Just don’t forget to remove the cover when you switch the unit back on in the spring or summer.

Schedule Routine Maintenance!

The best way to truly care for your outdoor AC unit is to have it regularly maintained by professionals. Our trained HVAC technicians will fully inspect and clean your system. We’ll make necessary adjustments, as well as recommendations for repairs. When you schedule your maintenance appointment early enough, you give yourself plenty of time to schedule these repairs.

If you find that your air conditioner needs more than just a service appointment and a replacement is necessary, be sure to take advantage of our current Lennox rebate offers! You can get up to $1,500 back on a qualifying purchase. Contact AG Heating & Air Conditioning today to learn more.

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