How To Clean Your Air Conditioning Unit

The air conditioning unit in the home is the piece of machinery that keeps us comfortable during the hotter months of the year. It is important that the unit receive attention on a regular basis to ensure that the unit is in proper working order. One service that should be conducted on your air conditioning unit is cleaning. The unit needs to be cleaned at least once a year to ensure that each component is able to do its job correctly. Below is a step by step guide showing you how to clean your air conditioning unit.

INDOOR PORTION OF YOUR UNIT

Air Filter
A new air filter needs to be placed in your unit every month. Determine the size you need and then you can purchase this item in bulk to save you a trip to the store each month. If the filter is not replaced, the unit will have a harder time functioning as the filter will be clogged.

Blower Cleaning
Next, you will need to turn the power to your blower off. If you are unable to find the shutoff switch for the unit, simply turn off the unit with the breaker box. Next, open the blower component. Use a vacuum to remove any dust or debris that may have fallen inside your unit. At this time, you can also lubricate any ports that may need servicing. Consult your owner’s manual to determine where any lubrication ports are and take care of them accordingly.

Removing Water or Algae Growths
Next, check the plastic condensation tube and see if there are any algae in the tube. If the tube appears clogged, you will need to replace the tube or use a solution to clear the tube. A solution can be created with 1 part bleach and sixteen parts water and then flushed through the tube via a funnel. The drain tube should also be cleaned with a pipe cleaner or a small brush. The drain line can then be rehooked and then you will be ready to restart your unit.

OUTDOOR PORTION OF YOUR UNIT

To clean this portion of your unit, you will need to turn off the power. The shutoff box needs to be turned off or by the circuit breaker. You will then be ready to start cleaning.

Condenser Fins
Now you will need to clean the condenser fins. Take a vacuum and use a soft bristle attachment to remove any dust and debris from the unit. To clean this portion of the unit, you may need to remove the grill with a screwdriver. Be very careful cleaning around the fins. They are very sensitive and can bend easily. If you do bend a fin, use a fin comb or small tool to straighten the fins back out.
Wipe the inside of the unit clean with a damp cloth. You can also use a water hose to spray the unit if there are leaves and other debris in the unit. You will now have the unit clean and will be able to re-assemble the unit and enjoy the cool air it brings.

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