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Should you cover your Central air conditioner in the winter??

This is a question we get asked quite often. Your condenser is designed to be outside in the elements with sufficient air flow. That being said, covering the unit with a properly fitted cover will provide some added longevity and prevent snow from sitting inside the unit during the winter months. It’s important that you use a proper cover that will allow for some air movement throughout the unit. When you seal the unit completely with a tarp and bungy cords for example, you are encouraging condensation to form inside. Without air movement the condensation will just sit on the components and cause premature failure. Our Trane XLI air conditioning units come with a permanent built in cover, so you never have to worry about it.

So in short, it’s beneficial to cover your central air conditioning condenser with a properly fitted cover.

How a Central Air Conditioner Works

In order to give you a general idea of how a central air conditioner works, we have put together a short video. We hope that this may answer any questions you may have.

If you find you still have questions or would like to talk to us about getting a central air conditioner, feel free to contact us today!

Central Air Conditioning Repair

How is a Central Air Conditioner Setup? 

Central air is made up of two sections. One being the condenser unit, usually located on the exterior of the building, and the other the evaporator, typically found by the furnace. A home’s forced-air system is used to distribute air throughout the building. This system is known to be used with a furnace to distribute heat throughout the home, although in most cases with a central air conditioning system, it also is hooked up to this distribution system to distribute cool air throughout the home also. This works as the warm air from the home is forced across the evaporator coil, cooling the air and sending it back through the same duct work as the heated air would be.

My Central Air System is Working but My Home is Still Hot?

If everything checks out and both the condenser unit and the evaporator unit are working properly, the problem would most likely be the forced air distribution system.

What if the Problem is my Central Air Conditioner?

Both the units that make up a central air conditioner, the evaporator and condenser, are both sealed and should really be taken care of by a professional air conditioning repair technician. It is hard to pin point exactly what your issue is before opening these units. We do not suggest that you open them on your own, although when you have the technician take a look, make sure you turn off all power going to the system.

Is there a Way to Prevent Repair Costs?

The first and best way to prevent paying for repair costs is to continue to do general and regular maintenance on your central air conditioning system. The second thing to remember, when a problem does reveal itself, be sure to call upon professionals that know what they are doing and can eliminate any further issues while they are in there. We, at Affordable Comfort Heating and Cooling are more than happy to assist with your central air conditioner repair and maintenance. Give us a call!