The window type air conditioner you just recently bought has survived its first summer, and it’s worked wonders in making your home a comfortable place to live in despite the scorching heat of the season.
Now you need to make sure your air conditioner will work the same way for many more summers to come, and that means regular maintenance for your system.
Here are a few simple steps you can take to care for your window type air conditioner, so you can make sure it will be in tip-top shape for the next summer season.
An important pre- and a post-season reminder
Air conditioner maintenance doesn’t just happen during the summer or any of the months when you use your unit. In fact, you should go through these steps before you start using your air conditioner for the summer, and after the season is over. This way, you can help prevent any issues or problems that might come along once the air conditioner is used. In this case, regular preventive maintenance can also save you a lot of money that you would’ve spent if the unit breaks down on you.
If you plan to put your air conditioner in storage when it’s not being used, be sure to inspect all of its components before you do so. Check around the unit to see if there are no gaps where cool air might come out and make your air conditioner less efficient. You should also do this check after you’ve taken the unit out of storage for use.
On the other hand, if you do not plan to keep your air conditioner in storage, make sure you have a sheet of all-weather material to place or cover over it during the winter months.
How to Clean the Evaporator and Condenser Coils
The simpler way to go about cleaning your air conditioner’s condenser coils is to vacuum them with a brush attachment. But if you want to be more thorough, especially during pre- and post-summer maintenance, you should take the following steps:
- Remove the mounted air conditioner unit from the casing. This way you have better access to the coils.
- Using your cleaner of choice, rinse the coils with water and apply the cleaner generously.
- Rinse the cleaner or detergent off the condenser coils thoroughly and allow them to dry before placing the air conditioner back into its casing.
How to Clean Your Window Type Air Conditioner’s Filter
The most critical step in making sure your window type air conditioner works efficiently and effectively is also thankfully the simplest. You must regularly clean and replace the filter on your air conditioner to make sure dirt and dust do not clog the unit, making it more difficult for it to produce cool air.
Check your air conditioner user manual to understand what your model’s filter looks like and if it can be cleaned and reused, or if you need to constantly replace it. You should do this step at least once a month while the air conditioner is in use, or more often if you notice the air quality your unit has been producing to have worsened.