Window air conditioners are a great way to keep your home cool and comfortable during the hot summer months. However, it is important to keep your AC unit clean to maintain its efficiency and prevent the spread of mold. Fortunately, cleaning a window AC unit is relatively simple and is completed in just a few simple steps.
1. Unplug Your AC From Power Source
Unplugging your AC is essential for a couple of reasons. First, it prevents it from experiencing power surges, which can damage its components. Second, it ensures that the AC is completely powered down so that you can safely clean all of its parts without experiencing electrocution.
2. Remove and Clean the Face Panel
The face panel is where the majority of the dirt and dust will accumulate. Therefore, you should remove the face panel and cleaned it properly. To remove the face panel, first, locate all the screws that are holding it in place and use a screwdriver to remove them. Next, gently pull the face panel off the AC unit. Be careful not to damage the wires that are attached to the back of the panel. Once you have removed the panel, use a soft cloth to wipe down all of the surfaces. If there is any stubborn dirt or grime, you can use a mild soap and water solution to help break it up. Make sure that you dry off all of the surfaces before putting the panel back on.
3. Clean the Air Filter
Most window AC units have the filter located behind a grill on the front of the unit. Once you find the filter, remove it from the unit and vacuum any dust or debris that may be trapped in it. If the filter is especially dirty, you may need to wash it with soap and water. Then, let it air dry.
4. Vacuum Out the Interior
With the face panel and filter clean, use a vacuum with a hose attachment to suck up any dust or debris that has accumulated inside the unit. Be sure to reach all of the nooks and crannies, as even a small amount of build-up can affect the performance of your AC unit. Also, avoid damaging any of the delicate components.
5. Clean the Coils
Next, find the coils and use a soft brush or vacuum to clean them, being careful not to bend or damage them. Once the coils are clean, rinse them off with warm water. You can also use a coil cleaner solution if desired. After rinsing, use a soft cloth to dry the coils completely.
6. Prevent Mildew and Mold
To prevent mildew or mold from growing, you will need to use hydrogen peroxide. Start by spraying the inside of the unit with hydrogen peroxide. Then, using a clean cloth, wipe down the inside of the unit. Finally, allow the unit to air dry completely before reassembling it.
7. Clean the Exterior
Using a garden hose, lightly spray down the exterior of the unit to remove any dirt or dust. Next, take a brush or cloth and wipe down the exterior of the unit, being sure to remove any debris that is in it. Finally, rinse off the unit with clean water and dry it thoroughly.
8. Clean the Drainage Hole
The drainage hole is located at the bottom of the unit and is responsible for draining away any condensation that forms within the unit. Over time, condensation can build up and become a breeding ground for mildew. To clean the drainage hole, you will need a long, thin wire and a low-pressure water stream. Gently insert the wire into the hole and dislodge any debris that you see. Once you have cleared the hole, rinse it with water to remove any residual dirt or grime. You can also spray the outside of the unit with hydrogen peroxide and wipe it down.
9. Reassemble the Unit
Make sure all parts of the air conditioner are dry before you reassemble it. This is a good time to wipe everything down again with a clean cloth. Once you have ensured all parts are dry, put the filter and the face panel back into place. Plugin your air conditioner to ensure is it working properly.
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