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Whether it be an aging apartment complex or a rural cabin, many find window units to make the best air conditioner for their living situation, especially if they know how to seal the gaps around a window A/C. But to keep them in good condition and blasting cool air, you have to know how to store a window AC unit the right way. Improper storage of your window unit air conditioner can lead to damages and eventually costly repairs. Below we’ll show you how. And if you have a portable AC unit you need to store, you can check out our article on how to store a portable air conditioner.
Cleaning and properly storing your AC is what will keep it breathing out cold air for a long time. It’s a simple process, but you must repeat it each season. And if you have a unit with bent coils, you can check out our resource here that explains how to straighten air conditioner fins.
If you don’t want to use a harsh coil cleaner, you can make a vinegar solution.
STEP 1 Check for Any Damages
STEP 2Thoroughly Clean the Unit
Store the air conditioner in the same upright position as it sits in the window and not on its side or back. Otherwise, you risk Freon damaging the unit’s compressor.
STAT: For a room of 1,000-1,500 square feet, it is ideal for an air conditioner to operate with 18,000-24,000 BTU. (source)
Do you have to store your window air conditioning unit during the winter?
Leaving an AC unit in the cold for too long can damage the electronics and many of the internal parts. Therefore, it is never a good idea to leave an AC unit in the cold unless you live in an area with a warm climate year-round.
Are there ways to keep air conditioners from getting dirty?
To help prevent internal scum from building up in drain lines and trays, you can drop a couple of pan tablets into the condensation pan. They dissolve and kill off any bacteria that grow in places with stagnant water.
How do you find the best window air conditioner for a home?
The first thing to consider is the size of your room. Then compare the size of the room to the AC unit’s BTUs (British thermal units). For example, in a 100-350 square feet room, you will need an air conditioner to have anywhere from 5,000-8,000 BTU.