An air conditioner is an essential appliance that helps us cool down when the weather is steaming hot. Therefore, we must expect it to be turned on and working for the duration of the summer season. Air conditioners can get dirty when used often, especially in the filter component of the air conditioner. Leaving it dirty will surely hinder the machine’s ability to cool your room or home. A dirty air conditioner may cause you inconvenience and problems down the road. At this point you might be thinking, what’s the best method for cleaning an air conditioner? Would it be okay to hose down an air conditioner to easily remove the dirt? What else can I do?

Why You Should Hose Down Your Air Conditioner

Hosing down an air conditioner

You can hose down your air conditioner if you wish to do so. You can try to lift off the condenser component of the air conditioner since the condenser’s primary function is to pull air in and cool it off. When it pulls in air, it also drags along dirt, dust, and pollens. Starting from the top and working to the bottom, you can spray a strong stream of water down the unit. This will help to clear your air conditioner of debris and make it good as new once again!

Other methods and tips

Aside from hosing down the condenser component of your air conditioner and having it remove all the dirt and pollens, there are other ways you can do to help clean your air conditioner. By following some of the methods below, you can help avoid potential damages.

●     Spray

Other than hosing, you can try spraying the inside component of your air conditioner. Before doing this, you should reduce the water pressure and remove the fan part of the air conditioner. Once you have done so, you may then proceed to spray the insides.

●     Filter

One of the essential parts of an air conditioner is its filter. In order to maintain the effectiveness of an air conditioner, you should take care and clean the air conditioner filter. Keeping the airflow consistent is the key to having your air conditioner perform in its best condition. It is highly advised that you replace your filters every two months. However, it depends on how often you use your air conditioner. This is because the longer it is running, the more dirt and debris it may gather.

●     Dirty Condenser Coils

Consider looking at and cleaning the condenser coils. This component can be significant in size but can also be small in size. Condenser coils are protected by the louvered grilles but are often exposed to dirty elements. The metal condenser fins of an air conditioner help transfer heat to the air and usually contain tubes that carry the hotness. This component gives off the heat as it condenses. Dust and grass clippings can stick to and collect on the air conditioner’s coil surface. This can contribute to the slowness and ineffectiveness of an air conditioner. Any debris that accumulates onto the air conditioner can significantly interfere with the airflow of the coil, further damaging and restricting the air conditioner’s ability to expel heat and cool off.

In conclusion, an air conditioner is an essential appliance in your home. It helps you cool your homes during the summer season. Therefore, it should always be cleaned to maintain excellent condition and maximum effectiveness. Always thoroughly check the insides of the air conditioner to know when your cleaning season of the air conditioner will be!

Additional Source: Energy Saver 101 Infographic: Home Cooling

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