How to Clean Your AC Yourself


How to Clean Your AC Yourself – In addition to calling a technician to clean your AC, you can also try cleaning it yourself at home. Interested in giving it a try? Follow these steps according to the following guide.

Step 1: Turn off the power supply

This first step is crucial. Turn off the AC and unplug all cables leading to the power source. Do this for both the indoor and outdoor units. If necessary, use tape to cover the switch to prevent water from entering the holes.

Step 2: Clean the exterior

Start cleaning with the outermost and easily accessible part, the casing or cover of the AC. You can use a dry cloth, rag, or vacuum cleaner.

If you encounter stubborn stains, use a damp cloth without soap to clean them. Gently wipe the stained area and finish with a dry cloth to prevent water marks on the unit.

Step 3: Remove the Casing

You can remove the casing using a screwdriver. Follow the removal instructions in your AC manual.

The screws for the casing are usually located along the bottom edge. Keep the screws in a safe place while cleaning. Be careful not to lose the screws as they will need to be reattached to the same location after cleaning.

Step 4: Clean the Filter

Once the casing is removed, you will see the filter. This part needs to be removed and washed to keep the AC in prime condition.

Cleaning the AC filter is very easy: Place the filter on the floor and use a vacuum cleaner or a small soft-bristled brush to remove dust and other dirt.

However, you can also do a deeper cleaning of the filter. Here’s how:

– Take the AC filter to a sink or large basin and pour water over it.
– If the filter is not dirty, simply rinse it with water to remove dust.
– If the filter is very dirty, use a damp sponge with water and soap to gently scrub the filter.
– Rinse again with running water until clean and let it dry, then wipe it again with a clean dry cloth.

Step 5: Clean the Evaporator

Cover the surrounding walls and floor area of the AC with a wide plastic sheet as this process will cause dirty water from the AC to drip or splash onto some areas. If necessary, prepare a container to catch the water.

Next, clean the evaporator with a special AC cleaning solution. This solution can be purchased from various e-commerce platforms or nearest AC stores. Just apply the solution directly onto the evaporator fins. Make sure you aim accurately so that the solution does not damage other components.

Step 6: Clean the Outdoor Unit

Remove dust clinging to the grilles of the outdoor unit using a brush. For narrow corners, use a small used toothbrush.

Without removing the fan, spray water from the hose onto the AC grilles from the front and left side. Avoid spraying from the right side where the compressor unit is located.

If available, you can use a special spray hose that can adjust the pressure, as this part requires high water pressure to dislodge all dirt.

As long as the water direction is correct, feel free to spray and do not worry about damaging components as this part is specially designed to prevent water from easily flowing into electronic components.

Once thoroughly clean, dry the surface with a dry cloth.
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