How to Winterize Your Window Air Conditioner

Jan 9, 2018

When you’re in the middle of an intense heat wave in August, a window air conditioning unit is a great way to keep your home comfortable. There’s nothing worse than having it just as hot inside your home as outside. Window air conditioners are also an economic way to cool your home because you can only cool the room you’re actively using, rather than cooling the entire house. When the weather starts turning cooler though, you will need to think about how you want to winter your air conditioner. Let’s take a look at the steps you need to take to winterize your window unit.

  1. The first step to winterizing your window unit is deciding whether to leave the unit in your window. If you can, you should remove it from the window because this is the safest way to store it. However, if it’s not practical to remove it, you can leave it in the window with a few extra steps.
  2. Clean your AC. You should give the coils a good cleaning. Wash them with soap and water to remove as much dirt as possible. To access the front coils, you need to remove the filter and possibly a screen. While the filter is out, give it a good cleaning as well. Allow everything to dry, then reassemble your AC.
  3. Store your window unit in a level position, don’t store it on its side or upside down. This can damage the unit. If you’re leaving the air conditioner in the window, cover the outside portion with a window unit cover or a tarp and secure it in place with a bungee cord. This will protect it from the elements and help to prevent cold from coming in through the air conditioner.

Properly preparing your window unit for winter will ensure that it will still work when you set it back up in the spring. However, if it’s not working quite right, you can get help from a company that provides air conditioning services in Snellville, GA.