Cleaning A Window Air Conditioners
During the summer months, when the air conditioners in your homes are in constant use, whether a room air conditioner (A/C) Unit or a window air conditioner, a lot of dust accumulates inside the premises. To ensure that the unit performs well when needed most for that cooling breeze, regular checks and cleaning are essential. This will stop it breaking down causing unbearable discomfort and high utility bills.
Many people don’t like cleaning window air conditioners. They consider it a menial task beneath them, and would rather walk the dog or lounge on a beach. But servicing window air conditioners which should be done twice a year need not be unpleasant when you consider how much you save when you do it yourself and refrain from hiring professional cleaners, who take home quite a tidy sum.
But the professional cleaners will advise against doing it yourself. They will tell you that things like wadded paper, spray cleaners and paper towels or dry newspapers when used by amateurs, only end up making the conditioners look worse. Later on, this will divert your attention entirely.
They will say that rubbing is not a good idea and that you’re just shifting dirt from one place to another.
But to understand quickly what goes on, it’s easy to assume that warm air from the ordinary house A/C would signal a drop in the refrigerant. This is the liquid that circulates inside the coil and controls the temperature. But usually, it’s not the cause. Whenever critical components like the condenser coils and the evaporator are clogged, the unit will stop blowing cold air, because of lack of service. Calling upon a professional cleaner will cost the excess of $120. But fortunately, it’s a job you can do yourself with relative ease, with the right tools.
Setting aside about one hour, and a few dollars worth of supplies and consulting the user manual if need be, anybody can service a window air conditioner at home. But if you get entangled in the wiring or jam a spanner, you can call a professional, or for those who can afford a new unit, buy one. But here’s how you can clean your A/C unit.
Cleaning Air Conditioners At Home
-Items Needed: Tools. Two cans coil cleaners. Portable vacuum cleaner
The parts of an air conditioner that are most likely to get dirty are the cooling fan, the evaporator, and the condenser coils. You can save money by cleaning them by yourself. Below is a step by step guide:
-Wear gloves to prevent cutting yourself
-Using your toolkit, remove the plastic filter pane. You may need help because it’s heavy. Slide it from the wall. Detach the case from the mounting frame.
-Use a fine comb to straighten the bent cooling fins.
-Vacuum both coils targeting the build-up areas
-To clean the coil, put on gloves and goggles. Pour coil cleaner into the spray bottle.
-Mix solution with water. Avoid applying mixture to other parts, like controls.
-Use a clean cloth to cover the electricals
-Allow solution to produce foam
-Spray foam generously and then cover the entire coil and fins.
-Leave the solution to stay for 15 – to 20 minutes to break down all dirt
Algae And Mold Need To Dissolve
-Drain water from the pan and allow the conditioner to dry. Leave either sun or air to dry the conditioners.
-Let all controls that got wet to dry too.
-Spray both coils with cleaner a second time
-Let the foam work.
-Use a rag and household cleaner to scrub fan blades
-For fan motors with plastic or rubber ports, apply drops of motor oil
1.Wash air filter
If you own a different type of air conditioner than the common ones in the market, for instance, a heat pump system of a horizontally mounted unit in your attic, you can still clean it since most have an evaporator and a condenser, which are the most active parts in the air conditioner. Using the manufacturer’s manual can also come in handy for your particular model.
Ultimately, a professional will be needed at some stage to check on electrical parts and the levels of coolant. Also be guidance will be provided on how to maintain the air conditioning systems. It is preferred to invite professional after every three years to check system compliance. I hope this infographic will be useful to you when it comes to cleaning your window air conditioner.