How to Store an Air Conditioning Unit

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In most regions, the weather gets too cold in the winter to have any use for an air-conditioning unit, but it can't just stay in the window. That trusty air-conditioning unit needs a place to go until the snow lets up. Putting it away haphazardly, though, could lead to problems with an air conditioner's performance. Trying to tackle the job single-handedly also could lead to problems, especially if the air conditioner is extremely heavy. It's better to have at least two people carry out this task. To make sure your air conditioning is working fine when summer rolls around, store it the right way.

Things You'll Need

  • Air conditioner storage bag or large trash bag
  • Damp rag
  • Turn the air conditioner off and unplug it. Using at least two people, have one person secure the air conditioner while another unscrews the unit from the window and removes the padding. Lift the air conditioner out of the window slowly, using both people to support it as you do.

  • Carry the air-conditioning unit to the basement, attic or another room in the house where you plan to store the unit with one person holding a side, while the other holds the opposite side. Place the unit on blocks or on a sturdy surface off of the ground, using your legs and not just your back to lower it.

  • Wipe all visible dust and debris off the air conditioner with a damp rag. Remove and replace the air filter, or if the filter is a reusable one, wash it with a mild soap and put it back in the unit.

  • Place the air-conditioning unit in a storage bag or large trash bag to protect it from accumulating dust during storage.

Tips & Warnings

  • Remove your air conditioner from the window as soon as the temperature outside begins to get cooler so that it doesn't get damaged in harsh weather.
  • Don't store your air conditioner in the garage in the off season. The garage gets too cold during the winter.

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