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How To Effectively Clean Your Room Air Conditioner

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Your air conditioner is designed to work best when both the condenser and evaporate are clean in your room-sized air conditioner. When your condenser and evaporator coils are clogged, your machine will not be able to effectively blow cold air. Here are some tips and advice to help you clean your room-sized window air conditioner unit.

#1 Remove The Trim Panel

The first thing that you need to do is remove the trim panel from your air conditioner unit. This is a plastic frame that goes around the outside edge your air conditioning unit. It just snaps into place, and you should be able to easily pull it off. If you can't pull it off, use a screwdriver to pry it off.

#2 Pull Out The Unit

The second thing that you need to do is remove the air conditioning unit from the wall or window. Get someone to help you pull it out as your unit is most likely pretty heavy. Set it on a work table.

#3 Straighten The Cooling Fins

The third thing you need to do is straighten the cooling fins. You are going to need a fin comb, which you can purchase at an appliance part store. Put on thick gloves to protect your hands from cuts and take the fin and match it up with the fin spaces on your unit. Put the comb into the fins and then pull it in an upward motion to straighten the fins. Work on each area where the fins are pushed in.

#4 Clean Up The Debris

The fourth thing that you need to do is clean up the debris that is clinging to your unit and to the coils. Use a vacuum cleaner to remove all the spider webs, dirt, and dust that has gotten onto and into your air conditioning unit. Make sure that the coils are as clean as possible before proceeding to the next step.

#5 Apply Air Conditioning Cleaner

Fifth, apply an foam air conditioning cleaner to the coils. Apply the spray to both the condenser and evaporator coils. Allow the spray to soak in for a minute. Then, use a scrub brush to remove and loosen any of the dirt that is stuck to the coils. You should use a nylon-bristle brush to clean your air conditioner. Wipe up the cleaner with a rag.

#6 Wipe Down The Fan Blades

Finally, take a rag and wipe down the fan blades. Be gentle because the fan blades can easily be bent. You can clean the fan blades with a regular household cleaner. You may want to put some motor oil on the blades as well to ensure that they continue to run effectively.

 For more information, contact local professionals like Wood Mechanical.