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How To Clean Your Window Air Conditioners At Home

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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.

Window Air ConditionersThey 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

2.Re-install unit.

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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.

What Everyone Should Know Before Buying A Humidifier Or Dehumidifier

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Humidifiers and Dehumidifiers for Home Use

Humidifiers and Dehumidifiers are two of the leading appliances that have grown significantly in popularity over the past five years. More often than not, homeowners can benefit from having both in their homes! This article will explain why.

What Humidifiers Do

Humidifiers work by increasing the humidity levels in the home. Water vapor is emitted into the air, filling the home with added moisture.

Location and Humidifiers

Living in a desert location live Las Vegas, Nevada can really dry out one’s skin. The humidity levels are so low that lips can get chapped easily and skin is prone to peeling. By letting the humidifier put water into the air, people will often report having smoother skin and less hair breakagehumidifiers

Other Reasons One Might Need a Humidifier

In Winter the air gets colder and does not hold as much moisture as before. It’s common for some people to get nose bleeds especially if they’ve been running their heater. The Environmental Protection Agency recommends maintaining a twenty-five to forty percent humidity level during colder months.

Essential oils have been proven to have a direct on mood. If the homeowner wants to diffuse a fragrance using his humidifier, he will need to refer to his manual first. Some models are for water use only.


Top Benefits Of Robotic Pool Cleaners


Those people who have a swimming pool at home will know the importance of having a robotic pool cleaner. But there are still so many people out there that don’t make use of the robotic cleaners and are still using the original pool cleaning method, a brush or vacuum hose. If you are still wondering if you should invest in buying the newer, robotic cleaner for your swimming pool, you should read these benefits. (more…)

The Right Way To Purchase A New Air Conditioner (A/C) For Your Home

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If you live in a hotter climate, you’ll know how draining the summer months can be and how hard it can be to get moving with daily life when the air inside your home is unbearably hot.

Perhaps it’s time to replace your existing air conditioning before summer starts? Or if you are building a new home then ask your builder to help you select the right unit for you.  An effective air conditioning (A/C) system can ensure that you can relax in comfort and think clearly while your neighbors may be sweating it out.

The following four steps will ensure that, when you go shopping for a home A/C unit, you are knowledgeable, well informed and know what you’re looking for: (more…)

Cleaning For Your Air Conditioner (A/C) Unit

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Spring may not be in the air yet, but it is on it’s way and, soon enough, people will be turning on their home air conditioning. Most people are still too busy keeping warm to think about their home’s cooling systems but now is the best time to make sure that air conditioning units are running effectively for the hot months ahead. We try to focus on this routine once a year and every year.  Of course, homeowners could contract a professional to check their air conditioning and pay the price. Any electrical concerns do need to be seen to by a certified technician. But there are simple checks and tasks that people can do themselves to save time and money while keeping their unit running at it’s best. (more…)

Heat Pumps? How Do They Really Work?


There is so much to consider when building your dream home, or renovating your current one to a higher standard, and one of the most important is the heating system. You could stick with the same energy-hungry heating systems and air-conditioning units or you could look into installing a heat pump. Heat pumps are a simple means of drawing heat into the home from an outside source and can make a huge difference to the comfort of your home, the energy used and the money you spend.

There are many types of heat pumps out there, and many pros and cons to consider before committing to one, but they are definitely worth plenty of consideration.

Some states even offer a tax credit or loans for residential energy-efficient upgrades. (more…)

How To Use a Blender to Make Frozen Drinks Properly


Those new margarita blenders come with instructions that tell exactly how to use the machine.

But if you borrow a margarita machine from a friend, bought a used or just lost your instructions, you may get frustrated trying to figure out how to use it.

While the exact steps vary from brand to brand and model to model, the basic steps for operating a margarita machine are quite similar for each machine. (more…)

5 Ways To Get Your Kitchen Prepared For Fall

Autumn,my favorite season of the year, is just around the corner. This means that lots of fresh and exciting changes are about to be felt all around the house. Firstly, we just moved (we are actually still unpacking) and we are marking a fresh new start. Secondly, we need to plan for all those awesome autumn adventures that we have been looking forward to all year and, thirdly, and most importantly for me, we need to decorate the house appropriately and ensure that everything we need for the season is in place.

The kitchen, which most people agree is the heart of the home, is a good place to start getting ready for fall. Of course there are numerous ways to do this, but here are five of the simplest and best ideas to get you started: (more…)

How to Choose Your Next Air Conditioning Repairman

How to select an air conditioning repairman

Whether you need to have your air conditioning replaced or repaired, hiring the right professional is extremely important. You need an air conditioning repairman who fully understands how specific HVAC systems work and how to deal with their various complexities.

A repair job by an unskilled or inexperienced person will not only cause your air conditioning to have more problems, it can also be a safety hazard to your family.

This article provides a guide on how to choose an air conditioning repairman. It includes what things you should look out for, the important questions to ask and what to avoid. (more…)