Kansas City HVAC Experts Offer Tips for How to Winterize Your AC Unit

August 23, 2023

When it comes to preparing for the cold winter months, the Kansas City HVAC experts at Hamilton Plumbing Heating A/C Rooter recommend winterizing your AC unit to save time and money in the long run. It’s easy to forget about the AC unit when the temps become cooler and you don’t need to use it anymore. Out of sight, out of mind!

But taking care of your air conditioning unit now and prepping it to survive the winter will ensure you don’t have to deal with costly repairs or even replacement when you need it again next year.

Winterizing your air conditioning unit isn’t as difficult as you may think. Before you start up the leaf-blower and begin planning your snacks for Sunday football, spend an afternoon to shut down and prepare your AC unit for the winter.

End of Season Care: Simple Steps to Winterize the AC Unit

It is always helpful to have a step-by-step plan in place to complete a task. The AC professionals at Hamilton recommend taking the following steps to ensure your unit is protected this winter:

  1. Before getting started, turn off the air conditioning unit. Go to the circuit outside of your home, open the lid, press the switch and then close it. Turning off the unit is extremely important because it protects you from electric shock while working on the AC and also protects the unit itself. Furthermore, shutting down the AC for the winter prevents it from turning on accidentally in the dead of winter, which could lead to water getting into the unit, freezing and causing damage.
  2. Get out the water hose and spray down the unit to wash away dirt and dust. Remove any debris, twigs or leaves on or in the compressor by hand. It is important that the AC unit is clean before covering it. After hosing the unit down, allow it to air-dry completely.
  3. Once the unit is clean and dry, use a waterproof cover or tarp to cover the AC compressor. Secure it well with ties or bungee cords, so it remains covered during storms or high winds. Ensure it is covered from top to bottom, so debris cannot get under the tarp.
  4. Check on the AC unit periodically during the winter months. Check to see if there is any debris under the tarp that you need to remove and brush off ice or snow that can settle on top of the unit. The extra weight of snow or ice can lead to problems, so remove any build-up as soon as possible.

Winterizing the AC unit is a quick and easy way to prolong the life of your unit and ensure it is ready to go when the temps heat up again next spring or summer. To further protect your investment, contact the top Kansas City HVAC repair experts at Hamilton today to get a thorough AC inspection or professional assistance with winterizing the unit.

To schedule a professional AC inspection, a tune-up for your furnace or to obtain more information about the benefits of Hamilton’s cost-saving Service Partner Plan, call (913) 227-4943 .

Call the Experts at Hamilton Plumbing Heating A/C Rooter

Hamilton provides top-level services in the Overland-Park and Kansas City area. The company has been delivering expert plumbing, heating, A/C, and rooter services for more than 30 years. Hamilton employs professional technicians and a focus on attentive customer service. Call us today at (913) 227-4943 or schedule your service online!

Last Updated: August 29, 2023