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Do I Need To Cover My AC In Winter?

December 31, 2021

Do I Need To Cover My AC In Winter?

Do I Need to Cover My AC During Winter?

Winter has made its way to Canada, leading homeowners to start winterizing their homes and preparing to cover their AC units. The question is whether this task is necessary. Modern AC units can hold up against harsh winter temperatures. However, there are still some benefits to covering your AC to consider.

Pros of Covering Your AC During Winter

Cold temperatures are not the only potential threat to your AC in the winter. You also have to consider the following:

Debris
As the weather changes, leaves, sticks, and limbs fall from above. These items as well as dirt and yard waste can land in or be blown into the unit. Since the unit is not in use, these all have the opportunity to settle and impact your AC’s efficiency when it’s time to turn it back on. Using a cover prevents debris and waste from entering the unit, keeping the coils cleaner and reducing the potential damage.

Water
When it rains, the water can fall into your AC unit and freeze on your coils. This can potentially render your unit inoperable. Covering your AC unit can help keep the water away from your coils.

Cons of Covering Your AC During Winter

Since there are always two sides to every coin, there are several cons to covering your AC unit. The biggest is that covering it blocks airflow, trapping moisture inside the unit. This can lead to rust, corrosion, mold, and electrical difficulties.

Additionally, remember that humans are not the only living creatures that seek warmth and shelter in cold weather. This means that mice and other creatures might make a home in your unit, resulting in chewed wires and insulation.

Choosing The Right Cover

Covering your AC is not mandatory. However, if you decide to cover it, you want to pick the best cover for the job. Those made from woven Polyester offer protection for your unit while allowing air to flow through.

Adding a cover to your AC isn’t the only way to protect it. It’s also essential to have it maintained regularly. For the best results, contact us to schedule your A-Plus Quality maintenance after the Holidays!

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  • ''A Plus Quality Inc/Heating and Cooling Services'' bailed me out of a difficult situation. My furnace quit with -18C° temperatures at 8pm on a Saturday. We had an infant at home and the house was cooling dramatically. By 10pm one of their technicians, Jack arrived and was able to show me how dangerous my situation really was. By 10am Sunday morning another technician, Dave began the installation of a new furnace. Shortly after, Jack joined in. Each gentleman was friendly, informative and answered all subsequent questions. Thank you for going above and beyond. Would highly recommend both technicians and the company they represent.

    Michael Mandal
    a week ago
  • My furnace stopped working on the coldest day of the year! I called them and they had a guy at my door within two hours. Overall a great experience with very professional service . As a new homeowner they were amazing at providing some good advice on how to maintain my unit, filter etc things I didn’t really know and also other tips throughout the house .

    Chris Bone
    in the last week
  • Jack was wonderful!! He was respectful, prompt and kind. He definitely knew his stuff. I was worried because we have an older electric furnace. Will definitely use this company again!

    Vivian Andrenucci
    a week ago
  • Service personnel came for scheduled appointment. Tried several options to diagnose problem. Helped to problem solve an issue dealing with drainage (technically plumbing). Took time to explain situation and offered suggestions. Has visited a few times in the past. Always polite, professional and thorough with his work. Leaves space tidy!!! Truly A+++. Thank you.

    Cherry Carter
    2 months ago
  • Extremely fast response time! Came to our home a couple hours after we called on the weekend! Went over the issues with us, explained options, and rectified the issue quickly. We will use them again if we ever need to. Highly recommend their services!

    Morgan Lowen
    2 months ago

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FAQ

  • How do I know what size unit I need?
    If you have any problems with your system, you should contact the contractor who installed the units. All our systems are covered by a 5 year parts, 7 year compressor limited warranty
     
  • Water is Leaking on my Furnace

    Water falling on to the furnace can harm your heating unit by affecting the control boards and other components enclosed in the furnace. There can be many causes to the water overflow, but the most common cases in the summer is the ice build up inside the evaporator coil due to low refrigerant level. Water build up can also be due to the evaporator coil having a crack on the base, if this is the case contact us by booking an appointment or call us today to have a technician come have a look at your unit and repair this issue before it causes excessive damage.  

  • Why is there ice building up on the copper pipes?

    There can be many reasons why the refrigerant pipes are freezing up but the most common issue is low refrigerant levels. If your AC unit has ice buildup turn off the unit for at least 4 hours and call us at 416-410-0337

  • Most common Boiler Issues

    - Boiler fails to ignite
    - Low pressure
    - Strange Noises
    - Boiler is not responding to the thermostat
    - Cold Radiators
    - Boiler leaking or dripping
    - Boiler cycling very fast
    - Available Hot water but No Heat

  • Furnace is blowing cold air in Winter?

    This can be due to Ignition lockout, sometimes could be resolved by resetting the power  and if this does not resolve the issue you should contact a certified gas technician from A-Plus Quality to get this problem resolved!

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