Cleaning Your Air Conditioner For Dallas Homeowners
If you’re still sweating through summer even with your air conditioner seemingly on full blast, you might be scratching your head as to why. Further, if you own an air conditioner, you might notice that after a while it appears to be pumping out less air, and is becoming less effective at cooling your home. If you want to try and restore your air conditioner to its full capacity, the first thing on your to-do list should be a full and thorough clean.
Getting ready for the summer heat. Today I’m cleaning my carrier air conditioning unit. It’s been a few years since I had this box apart and cleaned. I like to do this every two years or so just to make sure the unit is running efficiently.
A dirty air conditioner can be a major disrupter to your midsummer chill out. While many modern air conditioners come equipped with self-cleaning functions, nothing beats a proper hands-on clean of the various bits and bobs within your unit that can get clogged with dust and dirt over time.
For those unfamiliar with the process, we’ve put together a step-by-step guide detailing how to clean your air conditioner, and turn it back into a lean, mean, cooling machine. Note that this guide has been written for split-system air con units, so if you have a vented, window, or portable air conditioner, your unit’s cleaning needs may vary from what’s outlined in this article.
You may be thinking that the severity of this is being overstated, but consider the actual structure and function of your air conditioner filters. Filters serve to keep the air conditioner components clean, and over a lifetime of heavy use, they accumulate a huge build up of dirt, pathogens, and allergens.
A good cleaning is recommended at least twice a month and should be one that involves more than just running the filters under water. Here’s a simple guide to get your filters clean and help you maintain a healthy living environment.
Here’s how you should clean it.
1. Safety is always first, so before you begin, unplug your AC unit.
2. Next, remove the front cover of the unit. Usually, you can simply remove the cover with your hands by squeezing it and pulling it towards your body. If your front cover is bolted, you might need to use a screwdriver.
3. Once the front screen has been taken off, simply remove the filter that is sitting right behind where the front screen used to be. Be careful of potentially sharp objects that might be behind the filter as you reach for it!
4. Take the dirty filter to the kitchen sink. Depending on the amount of filth it has acquired, a simple rinse under warm water might do the trick. If not, you can use soap or laundry detergent to really tackle the grime. If you need to scrub, consider using a toothbrush.
5. Lastly, make sure that the filter is completely dry before you put it back on the front screen. Fit the cover back into place (you might need to push a little bit until you hear that satisfying “click” that means it’s been locked into position), and voila! You are on your way to a nicer, cooler summer.
Importance Of Cleaning Your Air Conditioner
t’s important to clean air conditioner filters in the AC unit in your home or office. Poorly maintained filters not only hurt the energy efficiency of your entire unit, but also greatly affect the quality of the air you breathe. Call (214) 238-8353 us for your home service and repair needs.
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