A portable air conditioner (as well as any other refrigeration appliance) should be allowed to rest for 30 minutes after being moved. This will allow fluids to settle into their proper places before the appliance is started. Starting too soon can potentially damage the appliance.

How long does a window air conditioner need to sit after moving?

24 hours

When transporting a new, unused room air conditioner: Do not place the unit on its side or upside down. This placement could cause damage to the mounting of the compressor. If on its side or back for more than a day, leave in an upright position and unplugged for 24 hours.

How long should I wait to turn on a new air conditioner?

starting the compressor without the oil can damage it. the 8 hours allows the oil to resettle back into the compressor. when moving the unit from room to room you are fine to plug it in right away, just don’t tip it upside down while moving it.

How long does it take for Freon to settle in a window air conditioner?

Normally, freon takes a 15 to 30 minutes to settle in an air conditioner. But as a good rule of thumb it is better to wait for the maximum time to make sure “just in case.”

Will a window AC work on its side?

Tip. You should always keep your air conditioner upright, even during storage or shipping when possible. Air conditioners should never be installed or operated on their side. It can damage various components and interfere with normal operation.

What happens if an air conditioner is on its side?

Any air conditioner that uses a vapor compression cycle must have a compressor. When you lay your portable air conditioner on its side or tilt it at an angle, certain parts of the compressor are deprived of lubrication oil. This causes the compressor’s components to collide, resulting in wear and tear.

Why do AC compressors run after 2 3 minutes?

It starts when it is powered – but there is a delay in powering it up to minimize the power surge and to protect the compressor. There is a considerable pressure difference in a refrigeration system while operating, and it takes a few minutes for that pressure to equalize when off.

How many hours should AC run per day?

In general, you should run a central AC for about 8 hours per day to keep you comfortable.