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8 Steps to a Cleaner Air Conditioner

When was the last time you had your air conditioner professionally cleaned?  If you can’t remember the answer is too long.

Even the most efficient cleaners and home owners forget about cleaning the inside of an air conditioning unit.  Experts recommend that air conditioning units of any make or model should be cleaned at least once every six months.  This stops a build-up of germs, stops leaks from happening and obliterates any weird smells.

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Even if you air conditioner doesn’t smell, drip or look dirty it still needs cleaning to ensure it is running at maximum capacity with minimum power.  Don’t pay extra on your energy bills because of a dirty filter or clogged pipe!

For a more efficient air conditioner and to save time hire an air conditioning team to thoroughly clean it for you.  To save money and to keep your house cooler do the job yourself.

Here is a simplified step by step guide on how to clean your home air conditioner:

1.  Set aside an hour, that’s right cleaning you entire unit should only take an hour!  And buy cleaning supplies.

You will need:

  • A/C coil cleaner
  • Electric Motor Oil
  • Basic Household Cleaner
  • 4-in-1 screwdriver
  • Rags
  • Bleach
  • Funnel
  • Shop vacuum
  • Fine Comb
  • Gloves
  • Pipe cleaner

Now turn off the unit and you are ready to get started!


2. Adorn your gloves and remove the plastic filter, it should snap off, and slide off the wall.  (Be careful it’s heavy!)  If it is not sliding off check for case for screws which are usually located along the bottom edge.


3. Straighten any bent cooling fins with a fin comb then start cleaning!

4. Spray coils with your basic household cleaner and wipe clean with a rag.  Do the same to the fan blades.


5. Vacuum any excess dust or debris. If your motor has lubrication ports squeeze a few drops of motor oil into the oiling ports.

6. Check the air filters, if it is too soiled or has holes in it replace otherwise wash in the sink with regular soap, dry completely before returning to the unit.


7. Remove the condensation tube and check for any organic growths. As water passes through here it often becomes clogged with algae.  If there is any discoloration or a film has developed in the tube replace it or make a mixture of 1 part bleach to 16 parts water and funnel through the tube.  Do the same to any other pipe and tubes and clean with a small bristled brush.

8. Wait for all parts to dry, reassemble your air conditioner, wipe down the outside and plug the power back in.

Your air conditioner should now be quieter, smell better, not drip and blow cool air using less power.  Cleaning an air conditioner is easy but can be hard to do on your own.  If you don’t want to buy the products simply hire in an air conditioning company to do it.  Regardless which option you choose, for the health of your family and longevity of unit, don’t forget to clean the air conditioner!


If you do choose to hire a company to clean your air conditioner get them to clean all your other white goods too!  Most air conditioning companies such as Air Conditioning Liverpool by Appliance & Air Conditioning Services  offer cleaning and maintenance so can also clean dishwashers, washing machines, fridges and more!

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