03:58AM | 10/29/01
Member Since: 09/12/01
8 lifetime posts
This is a simple question:
Should I remove my window A/C units and store them for the winter? Or is the trouble of pulling them out (and putting them back in next spring) not worth the trouble?

My house is not all the well insultated (even after caulking everything in sight), so the additional heat leakage around the A/C would probably go unnoticed.

Thanks for the advice.

Jay J

03:39AM | 10/30/01
Member Since: 10/26/00
782 lifetime posts
Hi benrobin,

Well, I can only speak of my experience as a kid when I was still living w/my parents. Every single, stinkin' Fall, we removed 3 air conditions from our house's windows. And every single, stinkin' Spring, we put them back in. Two of them were on the 2nd floor and one was on the 1st floor. Worst, my Dad and I carried them to and from the basement!!! If I had to do that today, I'd look into a way to 'convert' the AC units into nightstands, or something.

Anyways, you see these units sealed up all the time in neighborhoods around America. And there are probably as many ways to do it as there are units in the window. The key, of course, is to insulate AND prevent cold air from entering into the house. And, at the same time, try to protect it from the elements from freezing and thawing water and snow. Our house's particular units lasted a LOT of years by taking them out of the windows. I can't speak of any experience from leaving them in. But if I were you, I'd remove them if you can. DO get help and don't do it from a step ladder outside the house. Do it from the inside w/your feet planted firmly on the floor. I suggest you set 'something' on the floor in front of the window to set the unit on once it's IMMEDIATELY removed from the window so you can 'decide' what your next 'move is going to be. It's no fun trying to do that with 100+ lbs. in your hands and in that of your helper's too. (A milk crate works great.)

Heck, maybe you can leave it right there (under the window ledge) and cover it w/something 'nice' for an end table. (Now why didn't I think of that 25+ years ago ...)

My best to ya and hope this helps.

Jay J -Moderator

PS: God Bless America!


07:22AM | 11/02/01
Member Since: 09/01/00
312 lifetime posts
Hello benrobin,
Although I leave my units in all year,I would advise others against it.I manage to get used units for free so I don't particularly care if they make it through the winter.Being the only male in the house,I don't have the luxury of lugging them up and down stairs.
As far as sealing the windows for the winter,there are plastic wrap products available which do a good job keeping out drafts.If you leave it exposed to the elements,it would probably help to cover it somehow (I don't do that either).
Lastly,do check the unit for bees before pulling it in the house!

[This message has been edited by Matches (edited November 02, 2001).]

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