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8 Steps To Prepare Your Window A/C For Winter

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To keep energy costs low during the winter time, many homeowners opt to store their windows air conditioners until the weather warms up again. If you are planning to follow suit, it is important that you take the time to properly prepare the air conditioner for storage. Here are several tips are ensuring your air conditioner is properly prepared. 

  1. Turn it off. In the few days leading up to removing the air conditioner unit from the window, you need to ensure that it is not used. The condensed water within the unit needs time to evaporate. 
  2. Clean the filter. Even though the unit will not be used, it is important that you remove and clean the air filter. Use soap and water to remove the dirt and allow it to air dry before replacing. 
  3. Clean the exterior. Once you have removed the unit from the window, it is important that you clean the exterior. A sponge can be used to clean all of the external components of the unit. 
  4. Inspect the exterior for damage. Any damage to the air conditioner, whether it is a bent fan or major dents in the exterior, should be carefully inspected by a HVAC technician. The technician can resolve issues that could affect how well the unit runs when it is time to use it again. 
  5. Place it in the original box. The original box is designed to protect your air conditioner unit from dust. If you still have it, place the unit in the box. If not, you can place the unit inside of a garbage bag to protect it. 
  6. Store in an upright position. Regardless of where you plan to store the unit, it needs to be in an upright position. This can help avoid damage to the compressor and give the oil within it time to settle. 
  7. Check for potentially falling items. Wherever you store your air conditioner, ensure that there are no items that can potentially fall on it and damage the coils. 
  8. Cover the air conditioner. If your air conditioner was too heavy to remove from the window, place a winterizing cover over it to protect it from the elements during the winter season. 

Work with an HVAC technician, such as Enright and Sons, to determine if there are other precautions you need to take while storing your air conditioner unit. He or she can also provide you with pointers on preparing the unit for use once the weather warms up again.

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31 December 2015