How Do I Clean an AC Window Unit?

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Your air conditioner requires regular cleaning to ensure it’s running at maximum efficiency. Rinsing out the filter and wiping away grime can also protect your home’s indoor air quality. Follow these easy steps to clean and maintain your AC window unit.

Cleaning Routine

Begin by turning your air conditioner off and unplugging it. The best way to protect your living space is to take the whole unit outside to minimize dust blown into the home. However, you can still clean your window ac unit while it is still inside of the home. Remove the front of your AC, which may pop off easily or require a screwdriver. Consult your owner’s manual if necessary to ensure you don’t damage the system while taking it apart.

Remove the filter and rinse it out under the sink. If it’s worn or damaged, consider replacing it with a new one. Your AC unit also contains aluminum fins. This is where the majority of the dirt and grime will accumulate. You need protective gloves and a fin comb or bristle brush to clean this part of your unit. Be careful not to bend or damage the fins as you wipe the grime away.

Use condensed air to clean the coils and remove any dirt remaining on the fins. You can then vacuum and wipe around the unit with dish soap to remove lingering dust or mildew. Let the air conditioner and filter dry for a few hours before reassembling. Cleaning your AC window unit is an easy and inexpensive process that can extend its overall lifespan and improve its cooling efficiency.

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Count on McFarland Indoor Comfort Services for all your HVAC needs in Granite City, IL, and the surrounding communities. We’re a fully licensed and insured HVAC company dedicated to providing reliable customer service and quality results. Let our experienced team test your indoor air quality, service your heat pump or fabricate sheet metal. We can also maintain, repair, or replace your furnace or air conditioner. Our team is happy to help you with all your residential and commercial HVAC needs. Call today to schedule an appointment.