Are you trying to remove a window or wall air conditioner in your home? Then take a look at the following 5 easy steps that will help you along the way. 

To Remove a Window Air Conditioner:To Remove a Wall Air Conditioner:
Drain it
Turn it off
Remove the fixtures
Put a towel down
Open the window and tease it out
Drain it
Turn it off
Put a towel down
Set up a ladder
Remove the face cover and screws

Are you ready to get cracking with this job? Then make sure you check out these steps one-by-one in the extended guide below.

How to Remove a Window Air Conditioner

The year flies by! Before you know where you are, we’re staring winter in the face and the cold weather is upon us. Uninstalling your air conditioner before the winter months will help you to minimize window drafts and keep your house warmer. It will also prevent your air conditioner from premature wear and tear.

Step #1 Remove the Drain Plug

The first step to removing a window air conditioner is taking out the drain plug. You should remove this plug so that any excess water that the AC is holding on to can flow out of it. This will help to dry the AC out before you uninstall it and put it into storage.

Removing this plug on a sunny day before you attempt to uninstall the air conditioner is best. This will help the unit to dry out and will prevent mildew. This will also help you to uninstall it without making too much mess inside. 

Window Air Conditioner
Remove the drain plug and dry out the unit on a hot day.

Step #2 Turn It Off

Next, turn the air conditioner off using the power button. Then plug the air conditioner out of the mains.

Hand Holding Air Conditioner Controller
Turn the air conditioner off then unplug it.

Step #3 Remove the Fixtures

You need to buddy up from this step onward. Phone a friend and get them to hold onto the AC unit pulling it inside the room while you complete the following steps. Remove the screws, holding tape, or any other fixtures that hold the outside of the unit to the window ledge. 

Step #4 Put a Towel Down

Lay a towel down on the floor inside the room. When you remove the air conditioner in the next step, you can place it on the towel. This will soak up any excess water that leaks from it. The towel will also prevent you from scratching your floor.

Step #5 Open the Window

Very carefully open the window. If you didn’t get to remove the drain plug in step 1 of these instructions, you can gently tip the unit back now. This will make sure that the water drains outside the window into the street and not inside your home. You should only do this if you have someone helping you to support the air conditioner. 

(Out of love of neighbor, check that there isn’t anyone walking down the street around your house as you tip the water out of the air conditioner.)

With the window fully open and the air conditioner drained, you should be able to grab hold of it. Tease it inside and place it carefully on the towel.

How to Remove a Wall Air Conditioner

Is your old wall air conditioner not cooling the room as well as it used to? Is it slow to get started and kind of noisy when it does? Then these may be signs that it is time for you to replace your old unit with a new one. I am sure that you’re keen to remove the old air conditioner pronto so that you can get the new one up and running. 

So, how can you complete the job without calling an HVAC specialist? Take a look at the following steps that will take you through removing your old air conditioner so that you can install a new one.

Step #1 Remove the Drain Plug

First and foremost, remove the drain plug from the air conditioner. You should take this plug out to drain away any excess water that the AC is holding onto. This will help to dry the AC out before you remove it and put it into storage. 

It is best to take this plug out on a sunny day before you attempt to uninstall the air conditioner. This will help the unit to dry out so you can uninstall it without making too much mess inside.

Step #2 Turn It Off

Turn the air conditioner off using the power button. Then plug the air conditioner out of the mains.

Step #3 Put a Towel Down

Lay a towel down on the floor under the air conditioning unit. You can place the unit on this towel once you have finished installing it. The towel will prevent you from scratching your floor. It will also soak up any water that leaks from the air conditioner as you uninstall it.

Step #4 Set Up a Ladder

You will need a buddy to help you complete these next few steps. So, phone a friend and let’s get started.

Most air conditioning units are set up high in places that are kind of awkward to get to. Is your air conditioning in a hard to reach place? Then you will need to set up a ladder that will help you to get the unit down. Make sure the ladder is safe to climb.

When using the ladder, get a friend to pass the tools you need up to you. This is safer than trying to climb up and down the ladder with tools in your hands.

Man Using Ladder To Disconnect Air Conditioner
Set up a ladder to help you reach the air conditioner safely.

Step #5 Remove the Face Cover

Next, remove the face cover from the wall air conditioner. With that out of the way, you should be able to get a hold of the unit on both sides and then pull it out of the wall. Be careful, as old air conditioners can be especially bulky and heavy. You should get a friend to help you pull it and lower it onto the ground above the towel. 

Step #6 Remove the Screws

Next, use a screwdriver to remove the screws from the frames of the walls. With the air conditioner completely out of the way, you can make plans to fill the hole in the wall and cover it over. Alternatively, you can even install a newer air conditioning unit in the same place.

Wall Air Conditioner Installed On Living Room
Wall air conditioners are easy to uninstall.

Conclusion

Are you trying to remove and store a window air conditioner for the winter? Or is it an old wall air conditioner that you are trying to take down? No matter the case, I’m sure the tips in this article will assist you with getting the job done quickly and most importantly, safely. 

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Thanks for reading, and have a great day!

Cheers,

Craig