How to Clean your Air Conditioner like a Pro

Written by Donald Grummett

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6. Straighten any bent fins. Use a fin comb if available. If no fin comb then use something soft such as a Popsicle stick. Straighteningrepparttar fins will increaserepparttar 100036 efficiency ofrepparttar 100037 air flow throughrepparttar 100038 coils. This adds torepparttar 100039 overall cooling effect produced byrepparttar 100040 air conditioner.

7. Repeat steps 5 and 6 forrepparttar 100041 condenser (rear fins) coil. A plastic cowling usually surroundsrepparttar 100042 condenser fins. If so, checkrepparttar 100043 top edge to see if it will lift or open. If it opens this will allow easier access torepparttar 100044 condenser fins. Again use caution becauserepparttar 100045 condenser coil is also filled with high pressure refrigerant.

8. Wipe any dirt buildup from both fan blades using a soft rag. Do not bend blades. This would cause a vibration that would harmrepparttar 100046 motor. 9. Vacuum all surfaces including front and back of grille assembly. Do not forget to vacuum underside of metal air conditioner cover. Ifrepparttar 100047 cover contains air holes clean them thoroughly. If necessary use a damp rag. 10. Drain any water left inrepparttar 100048 base and allow it to dry for few hours.

11. When completely dry plug in air conditioner and test operation. If everything appears okay unplug and begin reassembly.

Reassemble and test -------------

12. Once reassembly is complete, retest operation to ensure replacingrepparttar 100049 cover has not affected anything. Addingrepparttar 100050 cover will often twistrepparttar 100051 frame and can cause interior parts to move out of alignment. This may causerepparttar 100052 fan to become noisy. To correct for this problem removerepparttar 100053 cover and realign torepparttar 100054 main body ofrepparttar 100055 air conditioner. Reinstallrepparttar 100056 cover and test for noises every time 2 or 3 additional screws are added torepparttar 100057 cover. Spinningrepparttar 100058 front blade by hand will let you know if anything is rubbing againstrepparttar 100059 fan blades.

13. Installrepparttar 100060 front grille withrepparttar 100061 new or cleaned filter in place.

14. Lastly, cover air conditioner with plastic wrap or an old blanket. Store in a warm dry area. Raise it from floor slightly by placing onto a couple of pieces of wood. This will protectrepparttar 100062 floor fromrepparttar 100063 metal edges ofrepparttar 100064 air conditioner, and also protectrepparttar 100065 air conditioner from moisture. You’re Finished ------------

Repeat this simple procedure every year. If you do,repparttar 100066 machine will be ready for many more years of dependable service. Addendum -------------------

The filter insiderepparttar 100067 front grille should be removed and cleaned (as in step 1) every month throughoutrepparttar 100068 cooling season. If you are a smoker it should be cleaned every week.

Copyright 2005 by Donald Grummett. All right reserved. Donald Grummett is an appliance service manager in Ottawa, Canada. In the trade over 30 years as both a technician, business owner, and technical trainer. For more information about appliances including FAQ, Stain guide, Recycling, and Newsletter visit


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star website.Ifrepparttar manufacturer is listed onrepparttar 100035 energy star site, you can be sure thatrepparttar 100036 U-Value, R-Value, SHGC, and Air infiltration tests have metrepparttar 100037 requirements. So, now you can concentrate on some ofrepparttar 100038 functional parts of your window. If you are inrepparttar 100039 market for a single hung or double hung window, ask aboutrepparttar 100040 mechanism that is used to hold up your window sashes. If they still userepparttar 100041 old spring and string method (sometimes referred to as block and tackle), orrepparttar 100042 spiral metal balances, you are not getting a high quality window. The constant force balance system is more technologically advanced. It uses a titanium coil that is designed to last longer than you or I. Also, a good quality hung window will have sashes that can tilt in so you can cleanrepparttar 100043 glass from insiderepparttar 100044 home. This is a nice feature to have, especially if your windows are onrepparttar 100045 second floor. Just these two items can tell you a lot aboutrepparttar 100046 quality ofrepparttar 100047 window. On horizontal sliders, look atrepparttar 100048 weep holes located onrepparttar 100049 lower fron ofrepparttar 100050 window. There will be one on each end. These holes are there to drain out any water that might get inside. On many windows,repparttar 100051 weep hole is just a punched hole that leads torepparttar 100052 inside track. Unfortunately, with this type of situation, a strong wind can blow cold air and dirt through those holes, right intorepparttar 100053 home. A better quality window will have a one-way trap door onrepparttar 100054 weep holes. The door stays closed against wind and dust, but if any water gets intorepparttar 100055 inside track,repparttar 100056 door will open to allowrepparttar 100057 water to escape. Also, checkrepparttar 100058 frame corners. A quality window has welded corners. The vinyl corners are welded through a heat and cool process. A lesser grade window will use screws to holdrepparttar 100059 corners together. When you make your appointment forrepparttar 100060 estimate, be sure to request a sample ofrepparttar 100061 window be brought to your home so you can visually check these things. A salesman is taught to focus on their product's strong points and avoidrepparttar 100062 weak points, so it's up to you to stay focused yourself, and don't allow yourself to be distracted. "How long hasrepparttar 100063 manufacturer been in business?" "What is their warranty?" "Arerepparttar 100064 windows Energy Star rated?" "Arerepparttar 100065 installers licensed and insured?" "What mechanism holds uprepparttar 100066 sashes onrepparttar 100067 hung windows?" "Do they tilt in?" "Arerepparttar 100068 frames welded or screwed together?" "Dorepparttar 100069 horizontal sliders have weep hole covers?" If you get satisfactory answers to these questions, you are on your way to a positive vinyl window experience.

John Rocco has been installing replacement windows since 1978. To learn more, visit How To Install Windows

John Rocco has been installing replacement windows since 1978. To learn more, visit How To Install Windows

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