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Tips for Cleaning Your Air Conditioner – Clean it Now & Save Money!

By Brett E. / January 4, 2018

During the hot summer days, not having a clean air conditioner is perhaps the one thing that can put a eeal damper on your attempt to escape the heat. There are a lot of more modern products that come equipped with self-cleaning options; however, there are also some people who prefer to tackle the job themselves. If this is something that you would rather do, yet you aren’t very familiar with how to actually do it, here are some of the basic steps that you will need to follow in order to ensure that your air conditioner gets cleaned properly.

Note: Prior to doing any cleaning tasks with your air conditioner, whether the unit is indoors or outdoors, be sure that you have first unplugged the unit itself in order to prevent any serious injuries from occurring.

Cleaning the Air Filter: Maintain Clean Air

Cleaning an Air ConditionerThis is something that applies only if you have a window unit rather than a central air conditioner. For this task, you will need to take off the front grille from the unit itself (some units will allow you to flip the grille up instead).

Once you do, you can then remove the filter and clean it in one of three ways:

  • Warm water with soap suds
  • Vacuum cleaner
  • Taking it outside and lightly hitting it against a post or railing

Prior to placing the filter back into your air conditioner, you must first ensure that it is completely dry.

Clean All Condenser Coils: Remove the Grime

For this step, you will have to use a screwdriver in order to remove your air conditioner’s outer casing, as well as do away with anything that is restricting you from gaining access to the condenser coils. Once you find the coils themselves, use a duster or brush to get rid of any grime or dirt, then use a spray cleaner on any dirt that you find that has caked onto the coils. Allow the cleaner to sit for approximately 10 to 15 minutes, then spray the area with water, which will remove the dirt and the cleaner.

Use a Garden Hose on your Outdoor Unit

Cleaning an outdoor air conditionerMany experts, such as technicians from cool earth, recommend that this is perhaps the best way to ensure that your outdoor air conditioning unit gets as clean as possible.

Begin by removing the unit’s lid and removing any debris that you may come across, such as leaves. Doing this will prevent any water that you spray inside the unit from getting trapped and eventually causing some parts of the unit to rust.

Once you do this, place a towel over the service panel, then spray from inside out in the unit itself. Take the time to make sure that the water pressure you’re using isn’t set too high, as this could risk bending the fins located around the unit. Also, do not spray directly at the service panel or service disconnect. When you finish spraying, you should be able to tell that the unit is clean by looking through the fins and seeing daylight. You can then place the lid back onto the unit.

Schedule General Maintenance: Maintaining Your Air Conditioner Now, Will Save You Money Later

If you find that you don’t have the time to clean your air conditioner on your own, a professional maintenance technician may be the best option for you to consider. This type of professional will be able to recommend all sorts of ways that you can efficiently operate your unit, as well as service and clean your air conditioner and make recommendations for any further services that you may need.  That being said, after you have finished cleaning your system, you can also use home air freshener systems and I would also encourage taking a look at a tower fan for your home.

These are only a select few of the many different ways that you can keep your indoor and outdoor air conditioning units clean and operating correctly. Even though this type of task can be stressful at times, in the end, it will all be worth the hard work, especially during days when the temperatures are sweltering and you need some real relief from the heat.

Whether you decide to take on the cleaning yourself or hire a professional, ensuring that your air conditioner is clean is always a good investment of your time and money.

Brett E. is the Owner of ConsumerHomeDecor.com.  Brett comes from a long line of craftsman and foreman, and has been involved with the construction and renovation world ever since he was a boy while working for his families construction and remodeling company.  After graduating with a a degree in Interior Design, Brett is the go to guy for any interior design or remodeling questions!

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