The Right Way to Remove a Window AC

Posted on October 7th, 2015 by Devine Bros


It’s that time of the year again – time for pumpkin picking, football watching, and preparing your home for the cold season. With overnight temperatures dropping into the 40s around the Norwalk area, it is fair to say that Fairfield County residents can safely remove their window air conditioners for the season.

If you have a window AC, it is recommended that you put it into storage during the cold months for two reasons. First off, leaving your air conditioner exposed to snow and freezing temperatures is not good for the unit. If water were to freeze on the coils, they could potentially suffer permanent damage. Secondly, it is not good for the energy efficiency nor the comfort of your home. Leaving an air conditioner in the window gives the warm air in your home a chance to escape, which raises your heating bills and leaves you with a very chilly draft.

So how can you safely remove your air conditioner for the winter? Follow these steps:

  1. Unplug the air conditioner from the wall.

  2. Remove the filter and wash it with soap and warm water.

  3. Clean the front of the air conditioner with a wet sponge.

  4. Place a towel on the floor under your window to catch any water that may leak out.

  5. Remove any tape from the window sill that may be used as a seal, and unscrew the AC from the window frame, if necessary.

  6. Carefully open the window. Pick up the air conditioner, and place it on the towel below. Have a friend or family member assist you with this step if necessary.

  7. Clean the fins on the back of the unit by vacuuming them with your cleaner’s brush attachment.

  8. Thoroughly dry the air conditioner and place it back in its original box, if available. If not, use another box of similar size.

  9. Store the air conditioner upright in a dry place. Storing on its side or back can damage the compressor.

Need a hand preparing your Norwalk home for the heating season? Residents of Southern Connecticut have trusted Devine Bros. to keep them warm for almost 100 years! From heating oil delivery to furnace tune ups and installation, we have you covered. Visit our website for more information or give us a ring at (203) 866-4421.

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