Clean Portable Air Conditioners and Clean Air Conditioner Coils
Like window and central air conditioners, portable air conditioners have filters. The filter needs maintaining because it can get clogged with dust. Dust reduces airflow, which results in poor cooling performance.
How to Clean Portable Air Conditioners
Dirty portable air conditioning filters can also lead to increased running costs. The filter should be cleaned every couple of weeks in the summer. Disconnect the power supply.
Remove the filter. The filter is likely to be located behind the outlet grille. Manufacturers make it easy to pull out portable air conditioners filters because they want to encourage you to clean it.
Look for a flap type filter handle, it should be marked. Pull the handle and slide the filter out of the unit. Use a vacuum cleaner to remove any dust.
You can wash the filter with detergent if it is filthy. Rinse it and dry it thoroughly before re-installing it. Hold the filter handle and push the filter back into place.
How to Clean Air Conditioner Coils
Remove the front grille. Most grilles are made to clip on the air conditioner, but some types might require a screwdriver. Remove the filter to expose the condenser coils.
Use a vacuum cleaner to suck up any dirt and dust on the coils. Use a fin comb to straighten any bent coil fins. You can find fin combs at appliance parts outlet stores or from an air conditioning wholesaler.
Replace the filter and front grille.
Your air conditioners condenser and evaporator coils need to be kept clean for your air conditioner to run efficiently. As dirt and grime build up on the coils, their ability to absorb and radiate heat declines and the performance of the air conditioner suffers. Here are some steps on how to clean air conditioner coils.