How to Get Your Air Conditioner Unit Ready for the Fall Season

How to Get Your Air Conditioner Unit Ready for the Fall SeasonEven though the weather in the San Diego area is known for being mild and sunny for most of the year, it’s still important to perform annual maintenance work on your air conditioner unit. Here are some tips on how to prepare your air conditioner unit for the fall season:

  • Remove portable A/C units from windows. They should be placed into storage away from windows or other sources of moisture.
  • Plant material, such as dead leaves or overgrown plants, can prevent outdoor air conditioners from working efficiently. The area around the coil should be checked for accumulated debris and cleaned as necessary.
  • After any debris has been removed, the condenser and evaporator coils should be checked. They can gather a heavy coating of dirt while they are being used, reducing airflow and efficiency. The coils should be checked at least once per year, so make sure to include this in your annual maintenance work.
  • Look at the condition of the air filters. They may need to be cleaned or changed as frequently as every other month.

Following these suggestions can help you to avoid unnecessary wear and tear on your air conditioner. For more information on how routine autumn maintenance visits can save you money, contact us at Sherlock Heating & Air. We have been keeping residents in the San Diego area cool since 2002 and look forward to helping you!

Our goal is to help educate our customers in the greater San Diego and San Marcos, California area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).

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17 Comments

  • This is our first fall living in a home, so we’re still trying to figure our how to get the house ready for winter. I can see how plant material would prevent our AC unit from working correctly. It hasn’t been cooling efficiently lately; I’ll have to check and see if it’s plugged up with leaves. If not we’ll call someone in to have a look.

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  • It’s important to get your house ready for fall. As a homeowner there is a lot to do, but it’s important not to forget about the a/c unit. I think it’s especially important to look at the air filters. They can get really dirty if you’re not careful.

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  • When I prepare for fall, I typically just turn off the air conditioner and switch to the heat. Now I will totally look at the condenser and evaporator coils. Hopefully, this will help my system not deteriorate over the winter months. It is getting rather costly to repair my system every spring.

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  • I never thought about how fall leaves could affect my air conditioning before. Since the A/C unit is outside, I rarely think to check on it. I will definitely make an effort to keep the leaves and plants away this fall. Thanks for this great tip!

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  • I didn’t know it was recommended to actually remove the window units. My grandma’s stays up all year. She just puts a tarp on it during the cold months. I think I’ll ask her if she wants it moved the next time I’m over. Thanks for the information.

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  • Thank you for the tips. I just bought my first house, so I am trying to learn what I need to focus on for maintenance. I hadn’t realized how important it is to keep debris away from the air conditioner unit. How often do I need to have air conditioning service inspection done?

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    • Glad this was helpful!

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  • Is there an easy way to prevent leaves and other stuff from getting in your AC unit? My room is by a tree so I’m worried that is going to become a big issue. I live in southern California so a busted AC unit would not be fun this Summer!

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  • This is a good blog, I like it because it is an informative blog. Recently I have purchased anair conditioning services, they explain it properly. I like to read this twice.

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    • Thanks for the feedback!

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  • Good advice to check out your window unit before storing it away in the winter. You may forget to do so when you are installing it back the next summer.

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  • Hi Sherlock, thanks for sharing. I agree with you, the best way to get ready for harsh seasons is to do maintenance on your HVAC unit. Just make sure you contact highly trained technicians.

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  • It was helpful.Thanks for sharing.It looks great.

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    • Glad you found this helpful!

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  • Thanks for writing this article, it’s always important to prepare for the seasons. The only issue I’ve seen is that we tend to still get heat waves until January, as if our Fall season starts a week or two after Christmas. Even during our Southern California winter, we tend to have more of an issue with humidity than we do with temperature. I think, that while we may switch from A/C to heating units, we need to keep in mind proper ventilation in our residences.

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    • Good insight, Patrick! Thanks for reading!

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