Winterizing your window air conditioner

To make sure that your air conditioning unit gives you efficient service for many years, it’s important to make sure that they are well cared-for and maintained. This is particularly the case when the cooler weather approaches and your units need to be winterized. Believe it or not, this applies to window units like the Frigidaire FRA086AT7, just as much as it does central air systems.

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Fortunately this is a simple procedure and you’ll need no special tools or equipment. Both types of units need to be carefully cleaned. If you have a ground unit, you’ll find that fallen leaves and other debris will have accumulated around the base of the unit. There may also be litter and other outside debris wedged into the fins of the unit. By removing the debris, you can be sure that the unit won’t be damaged by any moisture that they may trap. It’s amazing how much debris a unit can accumulate, but it’s easy and quick to rinse it away with your garden hose, and this will go a long way to maintaining their efficient operation. The video below demonstrates how to clean the debris from a ground unit, but the process is the same for a window air conditioner.

You might choose to remove your window units and store them during the winter. Many people choose this option if they have adequate storage space in their garage or in an unused room. If you still have the boxes the units originally arrived in, these are ideal for storage because they were specially designed to hold them securely. If you no longer have them, then you’ll be able to buy specially-made air conditioning storage bags at many home-supply retailers or DIY stores.

Before you store your units for the winter, make sure that the storage area is clean. It only takes a few minutes and will help to protect your stored units against any contamination that could affect them during the storage period. It may be that you don’t have the space to store your units away from the elements. If you decide to leave your window units in place, they too will need care and will need to be protected from the winter weather.

As before, make sure that the units are clean because any debris that finds its way into the internal part of the appliance can cause damage. If your units have water lines, disconnect them and seal around the window. Cover your units. Both ground and window models should be carefully covered for protection. Air conditioning covers are commercially available and you can help them to be more effective by adding an extra layer of insulation between them and the units. Old blankets or towels cut to size are perfect. It’s also a good idea to make sure that the covers are secure and can’t be blown away by the wind or winter storms. You can help them to remain in place by using rope or nylon cord. Any ropes or cords you have around the home or garage are fine, as long as they are strong and not frayed or damaged.

When the warm weather comes around again, you’ll be glad that you took the time to make sure that your air-conditioning units are in perfect shape to keep you cool during the summer.

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