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What should I be doing to assure my AC system is 'winternzed'? I see some people cover the compressors or disconnect the power to the system but not sure this is value added. I have a totally separate heating system so also need to be sure the air handler is also safe for a very cold north east winter.
09-21-2005, 09:44 PM
Theres no need to turn the power off,
No need to cover the unit. It's built to be outside.
Covering it, will only trap moisture in. Let it breath.
Go to the stat, switch it from cool to heat, Next spring have a service company come out before you start it up.
They should pull the panel to check the electrical componats to make sure mice haven't chewed on anything, or built a nest on the capacitor. Then cycle it to check operation.
It might be a good idea to turn off the power (condenser only) to prevent accidental startup - you just have to remember to turn it back on 24 hours before use. I do that.
09-22-2005, 10:26 AM
It depends where you are at.
Here in MN, most people just put something on top to help protect the fan blade/grill if ice ever comes flying off the roof.
I pull my power outside since I have an "Auto" mode on my t-stat. if I have a house full of company, it may warm up, the furnace fan willl ramp up to move the air around.
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