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How to Prepare Your AC for Winter

Presented by Enercare


Sweater weather. Cranberry sauce. Pumpkin Spice Lattes. The sound of leaves crunching underfoot. The signs are real. Summer is officially over and it’s time to transition from cool to cozy.


We all know how to prepare for colder weather – thicker coats, thermal undershirts, woolly socks, the whole kit and caboodle. But when it comes to our air conditioners, the checklist for winter preparation isn’t quite as familiar. The following describes a few things to do before your unit gets attacked by snow, freezing rain and sleet. If you procrastinate, there’s a chance it might not be the same come next summer.


First things first. Turn it off. It’s Canada. You won’t need it for the next six months (at least). This will keep the air conditioner from turning on during an unseasonably warm day and keep any resulting water from damaging the condensing unit. Most importantly, it will prevent the risk of electrocution as you perform maintenance tasks.

Next, prepare your air conditioner for hibernation. Give it a good rinse with a hose. Let it dry.


Clear all the branches, grass, pinecones, bugs and dust using a vacuum with a soft brush attachment, leaving a three-foot clearance on all sides. Gently straighten any bent fins. Unscrew the top grill, lift out the fan (without bending or disconnecting wires) and remove any debris from the interior. Change the air filter. Look for cracks, rust, leaks and other irregularities in the casing.


And finally, turn it back on for a minute or two to listen to the compressor for any unusual noises such as buzzing, clunking or grinding. If you’d rather have a professional take care of all this, Enercare can send out a TSSA certified and licensed technician under our Cooling Maintenance Plan.


Once the air conditioner has been cleaned, it’s ready to be covered. This will protect the unit from debris, falling ice and other buildup that can get lodged in the unit over the winter. Ideally, you’d be able to obtain a cover from the same manufacturer as your unit.  If that’s not an option, use a bungee cord to tie down a waterproof vinyl cover that goes down over the side about 6 inches.


It’s important that this length is not exceeded otherwise the cover might become a quaint room and board for local animals.


If your unit has any exterior exposed pipes, insulate them with foam covers and zip-ties to protect them from harsh temperatures.


And you’re done!


Your air conditioner is now ready for winter. Just make sure to check the cover every now and then. Plus, it’s always a good idea to double check for debris throughout the winter as any kind of buildup could trap moisture in the machine.


You could also consider having your equipment serviced by Enercare so it’s ready when you need it next summer. We could even get your heating system ready at the same time. Service is only a phone call away.


For more information on maintenance plans for your air conditioner, call 1-844-ENERCARE.

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November 18-25, 2019

The REALTORS Care® Blanket Drive is coming soon!

Here's how you can help

We collect blankets and warm clothing to help the homeless, women and children in need, and persons living in supportive housing. Your donations are kept in the community where they are collected, and are given to charities that distribute them directly to those in need.

Please donate the following items for all ages:

  • gently used or new blankets or sleeping bags
  • warm clothing, coats
  • hats, gloves, scarves
  • new socks and underwear

Socks are especially important for the homeless. They're as good as gold. Find out why by listening to this item from CBC radio, Sunday Edition.

Here's a list of Lower Mainland charities who received donations from the Blanket Drive.


The REALTORS Care® Blanket Drive story

Way back in 1994, some caring REALTORS® in Vancouver observed the homeless situation in the city’s eastside and said to themselves, we’ve got to do something.

They put out an appeal to their colleagues for warm blankets and coats and collected enough donations to help 3,000 of Vancouver’s homeless in the downtown core.

That single act of kindness has blossomed into one of the largest annual collections of warm clothing and blankets, helping homeless people and the working poor in every single community in the Lower Mainland.

Since then, thousands of REALTORS® from Whistler to Hope have collected enough donations to help more than 385,000 people in need. Each year, more than 75 dedicated members pick-up and deliver all the donations, and well over 100 real estate offices in the Lower Mainland act as collection depots.

The REALTORS Care® Drive now collects an astonishing amount of warm, winter items on behalf of dozens of local charities to help about 35,000 people each year.

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The REALTORS Care® Blanket Drive is coming soon!

Here's how you can help

We collect blankets and warm clothing to help the homeless, women and children in need, and persons living in supportive housing. Your donations are kept in the community where they are collected, and are given to charities that distribute them directly to those in need.

Please donate the following items for all ages:

  • gently used or new blankets or sleeping bags
  • warm clothing, coats
  • hats, gloves, scarves
  • new socks and underwear

Socks are especially important for the homeless.

They're as good as gold. Find out why by listening to this item from CBC radio, Sunday Edition.


Here's a list of Lower Mainland charities who received donations from the Blanket Drive.


The REALTORS Care® Blanket Drive story

Way back in 1994, some caring REALTORS® in Vancouver observed the homeless situation in the city’s eastside and said to themselves, we’ve got to do something.

They put out an appeal to their colleagues for warm blankets and coats and collected enough donations to help 3,000 of Vancouver’s homeless in the downtown core.

That single act of kindness has blossomed into one of the largest annual collections of warm clothing and blankets, helping homeless people and the working poor in every single community in the Lower Mainland.

Since then, thousands of REALTORS® from Whistler to Hope have collected enough donations to help more than 385,000 people in need. Each year, more than 75 dedicated members pick-up and deliver all the donations, and well over 100 real estate offices in the Lower Mainland act as collection depots.

The REALTORS Care® Drive now collects an astonishing amount of warm, winter items on behalf of dozens of local charities to help about 35,000 people each year.

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