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Window unit stored upside down 1year, does it need to sit upright for any time before starting?

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Yup...let it sit for about an hour for the oil to come back to the bottom of the compressor before running it.

make sure also that the fan blades are freely turning, if they are binding a bit, try to re-oil the bushings of the fan motor.

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