It finally feels like spring outside. The weather is quickly heating up and summer is almost here! As the summer heat rolls in, you’ll want to make sure that your window unit AC is ready to keep you cool and relaxed. It’s important to clean your AC unit regularly, in order to keep it effective, safe, and working for a long time. If you smell mildew, or if your AC unit is blowing warm air instead of cold air, it should be cleaned immediately.
If you need a professional to help you clean your air conditioner unit, whether it’s inside or outside – we can help. Be sure to give Joseph’s Affordable a call.
If you want to give it a try yourself, here’s a quick set of instructions to help you get that AC cleaned up and running smoothly:
How to Clean a Window Unit Air Conditioner
Step 1: Unplug the air conditioner unit’s power cord from the outlet on the wall. If the unit is wired directly into your home’s electricity, turn off the circuit breaker.
Step 2: Wipe down the outside of the air conditioning unit to remove as much dust and dirt as possible. This is important because you don’t want the dust and dirt to fall inside of the unit you when open it up.
Step 3: Remove the front cover. Your unit may have screws that attach the front cover, but the majority of household units are easily removable and can just be pulled off.
Step 4: If your AC unit has a reusable filter, remove it. Place the filter in the sink or inside of a bucket, and fill it halfway with water and soap. Swish the filter around in the water and use a soft brush to help remove the excess dirt. Once the filter is cleaned, set it aside and let it dry completely. It’s important to make sure that filter is completely dry before placing it back into the unit, or it will become moldy.
Step 5: If your AC unit has a disposable filter, remove it and install your new filter. This should be done regularly in order to keep your unit running smoothly and effectively.
Step 6: Clean the inside of the unit the best that you can. A good method is to use a vacuum cleaner with an extension attached in order to easily remove the dirt from the small areas inside.
Step 7: Reattach the cover to your AC unit and replace any screws that may have been removed earlier. Before turning your AC unit on, make sure that all of the components inside of it are completely dry to avoid mold growth. The best practice is to let it sit for a while before turning it back on.
Step 8: Fire up that AC! Enjoy that cool, clean blast of cold air – it’s hot out there!
If you need help or have any questions — Joseph’s Affordable is your expert, give us a call today!