5 Tips on How to Keep Your Portable/In Window Air Conditioner Cool This Summer
Keeping comfortable with a portable/in window AC requires that you maintain the unit. Learn the secrets to keeping your air conditioning unit working properly.
You depend on your portable in-window AC to keep you cool all summer long. That’s why it’s important to ensure that the unit stays in tip top shape. Take good care of your AC unit, and you’ll experience plenty of comfortable days and nights. To ensure that your air conditioner stays in good shape this summer, add the following five maintenance tips to your to-do list.
1. Provide proper ventilation.
Whether the unit is in a window or a portable one on the floor, it’s critical that your AC is in an area with adequate air flow so that it can release the heat it creates while cooling your home. In-window AC units do this automatically, but portable AC units require a venting kit that includes a vent hose leading out of a window.
2. Keep things clean.
ACs have delicate motor parts that can become clogged if they are exposed to dusty conditions. This can cause units to experience mechanical difficulties. Keep ACs away from dirty areas and clean the air filter monthly. Most portable and in window air conditioners feature a removable filter that can be cleaned with warm soapy water; then rinsed and dried. Before reinstalling the AC filter, ensure that it is completely dry. Also clean the condenser coils on the back of the AC once per season. Blow compressed air through the coils or clean with sprays of water and a soft bristle brush.
3. Ensure adequate drainage.
Portable ACs create condensation and excess water when they run. The more humid the conditions, the more water they will create during cooling. Empty the ACs water pan on a regular basis. Clean it with soapy water and white vinegar to prevent mold and mildew buildup. If your AC creates a great deal of condensation, install a drainage tube to the unit so that excess liquid can be drained into a bucket or out of the window.
4. Keep the exhaust hose straight.
Portable ACs have exhaust hoses that must remain straight during operation. If you allow the hose to bend or kink, this may lead to water filtering back into the unit, which can lead to malfunctioning.
5. Properly store the unit during off-season.
Avoid leaving your window AC in place during cold months of the year. Doing this can cause drafty conditions in your home and ice buildup can damage the unit. Store your AC in an attic, utility room or basement when not in use. Avoid putting it where it can become a nesting spot for rodents, as they can damage the unit by chewing on wiring.
P.C. Richard & Son carries a wide variety of ACs. If you have any questions about maintaining your unit, our knowledgeable sales staff will be happy to offer some friendly advice.