Fall will be here before we know it in Raleigh, and soon enough we’ll be gearing up for cooler weather. But is your AC unit prepared for the colder seasons ahead? Should you cover your air conditioner to protect it from the elements this fall and winter? Rapid Repair Experts has the answers.
Cover AC unit during fall in Raleigh
If there’s one season during which your air conditioner could benefit from a little extra protection, it’s fall. Along with colder temperatures, fall means leaves, nuts and twigs constantly falling from the trees above. At the very least, this debris can cause considerable cosmetic damage to the exterior of your AC unit. However, if leaves and twigs make their way inside the unit, you could have more serious problems. This can collect moisture and damage the unit’s fan blades. If you do cover your air conditioner, make sure you only cover the top of the unit.
Leave air conditioner uncovered this winter
Many homeowners who ask about covers are concerned about water damage to their equipment. Won’t rain, ice, sleet and snow destroy an uncovered air conditioner? Fortunately, this is not the case. Modern AC units are made to withstand cold weather and all that comes with it, including moisture. In fact, by covering your AC unit, you could actually trap moisture inside of it by preventing ventilation. In addition, a well covered air conditioner can serve as a cozy home for rodents and small animals during winter. Leave your AC unit uncovered this winter- it won’t mind!
What about my heat pump?
So you know what to do with an air conditioner, but what about a heat pump? Heat pumps are similar to air conditioners, so you should be able to cover them too, right? Wrong! Unlike an air conditioner, a heat pump operates all year long, which means it’s on during the fall and winter. Covering a heat pump can destroy the unit and is a major safety hazard. So, stay safe and leave your heat pump uncovered.
Fall HVAC maintenance from Rapid Repair Experts
While a cover may prevent some damage this fall, it’s no substitute for professional HVAC maintenance from Rapid Repair Experts. Our experienced technicians will inspect your equipment to make sure everything is running efficiently, reducing the need for repairs during fall and winter. If you want superior protection and lower energy bills this year, then you need HVAC maintenance.
Call or click to schedule your fall HVAC maintenance from Rapid Repair Experts today!