Cleaning your window air conditioner has a slew of unexpected benefits. Keeping a window unit clean helps to keep it in good working order by:
- extending its life span
- lowering your energy costs
- preventing the growth of mould
- making your room’s air cleaner
Unfortunately, this important maintenance task is frequently overlooked, exposing your unit to premature failure or malfunctioning components. What’s the good news? Cleaning your window air conditioner is simple and quick, and it only requires a few tools and materials.
Continue reading or visit the AC cleaning experts website via this link to find out how to do it and how often you should do it.
Before You Get Started
Mould thrives in the moist environment of your air conditioner, posing a variety of health risks to you and your family. Hydrogen peroxide has strong antifungal properties, making it ideal for removing mould spores that can linger in air conditioners. Other common anti-fungal cleaners, such as bleach, are corrosive to metals and should be avoided if you want to keep your air conditioner’s internal components in good shape. Fill a spray bottle with a 3 per cent hydrogen peroxide solution to use while cleaning your unit before you start.
After that, disconnect the unit from the power source by unplugging it from the wall or turning off the circuit breaker on your home’s electrical panel. This eliminates the possibility of electrocution.
How Often Should a Window Air Conditioner Be Cleaned?
Cleaning your window air conditioner thoroughly at least once a year, preferably before the first use of the season, is recommended. The filter should be cleaned once a month and replaced every three months, in addition to an annual cleaning.
Remove & Clean The Face Panel
A plastic or metal grate secured to the front of your air conditioner is known as the face panel (or grille cover). Screws, clips, or tabs will be used to secure it to your unit, or both. For specific instructions on how to remove it, consult your user manual. On some models, the filter may be housed within the face panel. If this is the case, remove the filter according to the manufacturer’s instructions before cleaning the face panel.
After removing the face panel and possibly the filter, spray the panel with your cleaning solution and wipe it clean with a cloth. Take it outside and give it a good soaking with a garden hose. While you clean the rest of the components, set the face panel aside to dry.
Clean The Air Filter
For specific instructions on how to remove the filter, consult your air conditioner’s user manual. The filter may be housed inside the face panel on some units, or it may be located directly behind the face panel on others. Once the heavy sediment deposits have been removed, vacuum the area and wipe it down with a wet cloth to remove any remaining dust and debris.
Take it outside and give it a thorough cleaning with a garden hose. Remove the filter and set it aside to dry for 30 minutes to several hours before reinstalling it.
Vacuum The AC’s Interior
Vacuum your air conditioner’s entire interior (or cabinet). The drain pan is on the bottom, the fan and blower are in the middle, the evaporator is in the front, and the condenser is in the back.
Particular attention should be paid to the evaporator and condenser’s thin aluminium fins. To avoid bending or damaging the fins, use a soft brush attachment on your vacuum hose and vacuum in the same direction as the fins (vertically or up-and-down).
Because the aluminium fins on the compressor and evaporator can be sharp, it’s best to wear gloves when working with these components.
Spray Down Your Air Conditioner
Use hydrogen peroxide to clean the interior cabinet and exterior housing, and wipe down everything you can reach with a cloth or rag.
You can clean the evaporator and condenser coils with the same spray cleaning solution, or you can use an AC coil cleaner spray cleaner. You can either let the cleaner air dry or rinse it with water in either case. Allow the cleaner to soak for 10 to 20 minutes to loosen any caked-on material if you decide to rinse it off.