Having a clean and properly functioning air conditioner is essential in hot, humid weather. However, if you don't give your air conditioner proper maintenance, it can fill your home with an unpleasant odor that makes it almost not worth having the cool air. If you want to keep your home pleasant as well as cool, you need to clean your air conditioner. Fortunately, this is a fairly simple process, as the following will show.
What You Will Need
Air Conditioner Cleaner
Step 1. Unplug the air conditioner before you start working on it. Then remove it from the window. You may need assistance with this if it's a particularly heavy model.
Step 2. Remove the filter from the air conditioner (it's located in the front grill). If it's the disposable type, you can simply throw it away. If it's not disposable, lay it in a metal pan and drizzle a little laundry detergent over it. Pour a pot of boiling water across the filter and let it soak in this water for 15 minutes. Then rinse the filter with clean, cool water. Hang it in a well-ventilated area to dry.
Step 3. Remove the front grille from the air conditioner by opening the clips located near the bottom of the grille. With some air-conditioners, you will need to use a screwdriver to remove a few screws as well. Put the grill to one side. Now remove the metal cover from the air conditioner.
Step 4. Use a brush to brush the fins on the front of the evaporator clean. Then spray a cleaner inside that is specifically made for cleaning air-conditioners. After 15 minutes, use a clean cloth to wipe down the inside of your air conditioner, removing any dirt and grime (along with the cleaner). Allow the unit to dry.
Step 5. Use a small hand vacuum cleaner to clean the inside of the air conditioner. You want to get out any dust, debris or particles that might have drifted inside the unit. These things could contribute to its bad odor, so it's important to remove them.
Step 6. If there is any water standing at the base of your air conditioner, remove it using a sponge. Check the drain holes at the bottom to make sure they're not blocked. If they are, clear the blockage. In a properly functioning air conditioner, condensation drains out fairly quickly.
Step 7. Sprinkle a small amount of baking soda at the bottom of the air conditioner. Make sure you don't get this on any of the electrical components or moving parts.
Get in touch with an HVAC repair professional for further assistance.
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