Air conditioning units don’t require a huge amount of maintenance, but there are a few things that you do need to do to keep your air con working perfectly all summer long. Look after your air conditioning units by cleaning the filters regularly, and you’ll find that your air con keeps your whole home cool and comfortable no matter how warm it gets outside.
If you’re unsure how to clean the filters in your air conditioning units, we’re here to help. Read on to learn all you need to know about cleaning air conditioning filters, from how often to do it to the steps involved. Don’t forget, we’re always on hand to offer assistance if you think your air conditioning units need a little more TLC. Get in touch to speak to a member of our team and we’ll book you in a free quote from an engineer.
Why You Should Clean Your Air Conditioning Filters
All domestic air conditioning units contain a filter, designed to trap dust and debris and stop it from being circulated in the air. This means that the air you breathe is cleaner, and the room feels far more comfortable. Unfortunately, over time, these particles will inevitably build up in the filter itself. When that happens, the filter will require cleaning.
If an air conditioning filter isn’t cleaned regularly, it’ll eventually become clogged up with dust and dirt. A blocked filter won’t be able to do its job, and after a while you’ll find that these particles will remain in the air rather than being filtered out by the air conditioning unit whenever it’s turned on. As a result, the air won’t be as clean, and the air conditioning won’t be working as well as it could be.
Cleaning Your Air Conditioning Filters: A Step by Step Guide
Cleaning the filters of an air conditioning unit isn’t a tricky task. It’s just a case of knowing how your system works, and understanding which parts need to be removed and cleaned. Follow our step by step guide to learn how to keep your filters crystal clear and working perfectly.
Step 1: Check whether your filters should be cleaned or replaced
Some air conditioning units are designed with filters that need cleaning every so often, while others are built with disposable filters that should be replaced regularly. Check your model to see whether you need to clean your filters or buy a new disposable filter before you take the filters out of your unit.
Step 2: Find the filter and remove it
If you have your instruction manual handy, you’ll quickly be able to find out how to remove your filter for cleaning. If you don’t, just enter the model number into Google and you should be able to find the information you need. Once you’ve got the instructions on how to remove your filter, turn off your air conditioning then you can go ahead and do so. Removing the filter should only take a matter of seconds once you know which buttons to press.
Step 3: Vacuum your filter
Regular filter cleans should always start with a quick vacuum. Often, this is enough to remove the dust and debris that has built up on the filter. If you’re planning to give your filter a deep clean, you can of course wash the filter, but it’s always worth vacuuming first to remove the largest particles and make washing that bit easier.
Step 4: Wash the filter
Mix equal parts water and vinegar to create a homemade cleaning solution that’ll work brilliantly on your air conditioning filter. Then, submerge the filter in this solution and let it get to work. If you’re just doing a routine clean then an hour of soaking should be sufficient. However, you can leave the filter in this cleaning solution for a longer period of time if it’s particularly dirty. Once the filter appears clean, you can take it out of the liquid and move on to the next step.
Step 5: Rinse and dry the filter
Rinse any of the remaining cleaning solution off of your filter before you leave it out to dry. You may be able to do this in the sink, or you can do it in a bath or shower if your filter is too big for the sink. If it’s a warm summer’s day, you can even hose the filter down outside and leave it to dry. Remember to let your filter dry completely before you put it back to avoid causing any damage to your air conditioning unit.
Step 5: Replace the filter and turn your unit back on
Put your clean, dry filter back into your air conditioning unit and switch it on. Your unit will get back to work straightaway, and it’ll be able to filter the air far more successfully now the filter has been cleaned.
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