Many homeowners depend on their A.Cs to keep the temperatures tolerable during the hot summer months. A.Cs are more of a requirement rather tahn a modern convenience for many, especially those who live in hot and humid environments. Cleaning your AC helps to keep it in tip top shape and a reliable. Window ACs are installed in windows or through pre-cut holes in walls. Installation through a window is a temporary, seasonal installation and through a wall is a permanent installation. Window air conditioning units are generally used in houses or apartments that do not have duct work for a central air conditioning unit. A window AC units has the same components as a central air unit in a more compact space. Cleaning your window AC is very important because an AC with a clogged, dirty filter or dirty components is much less efficient than a clean one. This is especially true if you have pets and pet fur or dander clogging the filter. Clogged and dirty filters can lead to an early demise for your AC and increased cooling costs because your AC unit will have to work much harder. Fortunately cleaning a window air conditioning unit is easy and straightforward.

Cleaning the Drip Hole

Before installing through a window, make sure the drip-hole is not clogged or plugged. The drip hole is a small hole that allows the condensation to drip outside.

If the drip hole is plugged the condensation can drip into your walls.

Check the drip hole every 2 to 3 weeks during the season.

If the AC is installed through a wall, always check the dip hole before turning it on and every 2 to 3 weeks.

AC Cleaning

Vacuum all exposed areas of your A.C every week.

Clean the air conditioning filter every 2 to 4 weeks throughout the season. Clean the filter more often if you have pets or live in a particularly dirty or dusty area like a large city or in close proximity to a busy highway or construction site.

Remove the filter from the window unit and wash with warm water and a mild detergent. Rinse very well to remove any soap residue. Allow the filter to dry completely before putting it back in place.

Remember to unplug the A.C before removing the filter and cleaning. If the unit is not unplugged you can receive a nasty shock and/or damage the AC.

If the filter is disposable, replace it with a new filter. Window A.C filters can be purchased at hardware stores, home improvement stores, online and directly from the manufacturer.

While the filter is out of the A.C, vacuum the interior of the AC unit to remove built up dust and dirt.

If any of the metal fins are bent or crushed use a fin comb to carefully straighten them out. A fin comb is a tool made expressly to straight out fins on ACs and heating units.

Keep the outside of the air conditioning unit free of dirt, debris, bird's nests and bee hives.