Cleaning an Air Conditioner

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Air conditioners run much more efficiently when they are clean and well maintained. Cleaning your air conditioner before summer is the best time to clean it. This is a page about cleaning an air conditioner.
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Here are a few things you can try that may save you a service call on your window unit air conditioner service call. Seems like the whole country is experiencing extremely hot weather. My Mom has a condo with a window air unit and these are tips that help us eliminate calling out a repair person.

The maintenance steps you should take to keep your window-mounted air-conditioning unit operating in great condition while using the least amount of energy are.

  1. Every month during the months of operation, replace (or clean) the filter located in the front grill. Cost: approximately $20.00
  2. The condensing coils on an air conditioner get very dirty, and the dirt tends to accumulate on the inside of the coils, out of sight. Once a year, remove the entire cover of the air conditioner to gain access to the coils, and then clean them by blowing compressed air on them or using a soft-bristle brush.
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  4. Don't despair if you've accidentally bent the aluminum fins on the rear of the unit; http://RepairClinic.com will send you a handy fin-straightening comb. Cost: $2.

Expert answers to the top-three dilemmas:

  1. A MOTOR IS RUNNING BUT NO AIR IS BLOWING:

    Air conditioners have two motors, the compressor and the fan motor. It is possible that only one is running. If, after removing the cover of the unit, you discover the fan blade is very stiff and difficult to rotate, the fan motor may need oiling or may need to be replaced.
  2. WATER LEAKS FROM THE FRONT OF THE UNIT:

    This is normal. All air conditioners should be installed so they tilt slightly backward to allow for proper removal of condensed water that accumulates.
  3. THE AIR SMELLS MUSTY:

    Air conditioners remove moisture from the air. Most of it is evaporated from the unit. However, it is possible for some water to stagnate in the base of the air conditioner. Also, dirt, lint or dust can collect in the water pan at the base of the unit and absorb water, allowing mold and mildew to grow. All this leads to bad smells. Clean the water pan thoroughly each year when you clean the condenser coils.
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Here is a great site my husband found you can go to for more help if you need it.

http://www.repairclinic.com/0047_16.asp or call a customer-service representative at (800) 269-2609 for help.

By Bobbie G from Rockwall, TX

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While our air conditioning was running - the PVC pipe had water overflowing out of the pipe and dripping onto our hardwood floors. I called my dad, and he told us to pour water and blow on the pipe.

After pouring water, go outside and see if the drain is dripping water. Repeat if needed. To determine how many times you need to do this is, you can stop when the water outside drips steadily.

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I poured 2 cups of water into the PVC pipe then blew into the pipe. I went outside and you can see the water dripping slowly. I repeated this process again, poured 2 cups and a few more blows to the pipe and the water was coming out faster. Resolved issue! Now, our air conditioning has been on and we have not had any problems since! This saved us at least $75 from calling for an AC diagnosis.

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March 26, 2005

In the spring or summer, check your outside air conditioner compressor before turning it on for the season. Rinse out any dirt that might have blown in. Be sure to turn the power off first.

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March 30, 2012

Do I need to flush my air conditioner by Trane in the spring or fall? and with what?

By Irmi

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August 12, 2009

I need to know what I can use to put in my air conditioner drain.

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