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How to clean air conditioning coils

Condenser coils and evaporator of your air conditioning need to be kept clean for the device to work properly. As the dirt and grime collect in coils, its ability to absorb and radiate heat decreases and performance air conditioning suffers. Here are some steps on how to clean the coils of the air conditioner.

You will need

  • A screwdriver
  • A vacuum cleaner
  • A fin comb

Instructions

Inside the house

  1. Remove the front grille. Most bars are made ​​to engage the air conditioning, but some types may require a screwdriver.
  2. Remove the filter to expose the condenser coils.
  3. Use a vacuum cleaner to suck out any dirt or dust on the coils.
  4. Use a comb to straighten any fin coils that are bent. You can find fin combs in stores outlet or appliance parts wholesaler of air conditioners.
  5. Replace the filter and front grille.

Outside the house

  1. Remove the rear grille. You should see the evaporator coils.
  2. Use a vacuum cleaner to suck out any dirt and debris in the coils.
  3. Use a comb with fin flaps to straighten any coil which is folded. You can find fin combs in stores outlet or appliance parts wholesalers of air conditioners.
  4. Replaces the rear rack.
  5. Cut any foliage at least 2 feet (60.96 cm) to reduce the amount of dirt which enters the evaporator coils.

Tips and Warnings

  • Clean evaporator coils and condenser in the early spring and every month during use. If you live in a dusty area or if you have pets, you should clean your coils you more often.
  • Always unplug the air conditioner before making any repairs or maintenance. The fins are delicate and easily damaged. Be careful when cleaning or straightening.
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