How to Maintain a Window Mounted Air Conditioning System

Many people, especially those in older homes, use window mounted air conditioning system. These appliances are great for cooling down your home fairly inexpensively. As with all other appliances, these units do require regular maintenance and upkeep to ensure that they continue working at an optimal level. Doing so will help your unit to properly cool down your home with maximum efficiency and ensure the air used to do so is clean for you and your family.

Determining the Correct Size

The first thing that needs to be considered when covering maintenance of a window mounted AC unit is the size of the unit itself. In most scenarios, consumers tend to think that bigger equals better. However, a window unit that is too big for the room it is intended to cool will not perform at its highest level. This is because the too-big unit will not properly reduce the humidity level of the room, prohibiting it from running efficiently.

Regular Cleaning

Regularly cleaning the window unit, especially after sitting unused during the winter months, is extremely important. This can easily be done by unplugging the unit and removing it from its mounting frame. Once this is done, you can vacuum the the outside of the unit and its coils with a vacuum attachment. If you prefer, you can even hose down the coils, careful not to get the electronics or motor wet. Next, you want to check the coil for bent cooling fins and the air filter for any damage. A coil fin comb can be used to help straighten any bent fins. If the filter is damaged, you will want to replace it. If it is dirty, you should wash it with soap and water and let it dry thoroughly before replacing. Once this is done, you can put the window unit securely back in place and use it.

Changing the Air Filter and Dusting

While this thorough cleaning is really important for the maintenance of your window mounted air conditioning unit, you should also remember to periodically dust and clean around the unit.  It is a good idea to simply incorporate this into your dusting routine. This will prevent the unit’s vents from getting clogged with dust and pollen. In turn, your unit will properly cool your home while keeping your cost of doing this low. It is also crucial that you remember to clean or replace the air filter every 2 to 3 weeks, especially if the pollen in your area has been particular bad or if you have pets.

Upgrading Thermostats and Units

In addition to choosing the correct size and regularly cleaning your window unit, there are a few more things you can do that are beneficial. If you have a newer model, you may have a programmable timer on it. This will help you control when it turns on and shuts off, helping you control your costs. If you have an older unit, it may be advisable to consider trading it in for a newer, energy efficient model.

If you follow all of these tips to maintain your window mounted air conditioning system, you are sure to enjoy the benefits of a nice, cool home without breaking the bank.

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