Preparing Your Air Conditioner for Storage

With the weather cooling and Labor Day almost upon us, it’s finally that time to transition our homes from summer to fall.  While it’s sad to say goodbye to warm weather and backyard barbeques, wipe away your tears and roll up your sleeves, it’s time to get a little dirty.

It’s time to put the air conditioner in storage.

This hefty machine has been good to us during those scorching summer days and kept us cool throughout what would have been some miserable nights.

So now that your air conditioner has taken care of you, it’s your turn to show it a little love.

Here are the easy steps on how to safely and effectively prepare your air conditioner for storage:

  1. Unplug the air conditioner and remove any insulation or objects that may have been used to secure it.
  2. Recruit a friend and remove it from the window.
  3. Place the unit on a towel that you could stand losing. (The air conditioner may still be full of water.)
  4. Now clean the filter.
    1. First, vacuum it to remove any grit and grime.
    2. Next, place the filter under running water and use soap to gently wash away dirt.
    3. To give your filter to the full spa treatment, use equal parts vinegar and water. (That will help remove bacteria and allergens.)
  5. As the filter dries, use a cloth to wipe down the air conditioner’s exterior surfaces with either the same water/vinegar solution or a cleaning product.
  6. Remove the front grill and give it a good scrub.
  7. To store your air conditioner, put it in a bin, its original box or, if you’re feeling particularly ambitious, in an air conditioner cover. (Otherwise you’ll have to clean it all over again or little critters might decide your unit is an excellent place to settle down and start a family.)

By properly cleaning your air conditioner, you’ll save yourself money in replacement filters and increase the lifespan and efficiency of your unit. Like every appliance in your home, your air conditioner needs a little TLC too.


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