How To Clean An Air Conditioner


Cleaning your air conditioner is an essential part of the maintenance. Cleaning of an air conditioner is important to keep it running properly. Make sure to check the air conditioner whether it is running properly or not after cleaning.

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$0 or Free
30 Minutes
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Step by Step Instructions

  • Step 1

    Start by removing the filters of the air conditioner. Clean the air conditioners

  • Step 2

    Remove the front grille from the main body of the air conditioner. They usually pivot on 2 spring clips at the bottom.

  • Step 3

    Carefully remove metal cover of air conditioner to expose inner workings. Once all the screws are removed lift the cover straight up. Do not let it hit the other parts as it can have sharp edges.

  • Step 4

    Check the fan motor for any oil holes or oil plugs. If the motor has oil plugs they are usually rubber. If the motor is in need of oil then add few drops of oil to each end of the motor body.

  • Step 5

    Use the brush to remove surface dust and dirt from the evaporator. Use only an up and down motion.

  • Step 6

    Straighten any bent fins. Use a fin comb if available. If no fin comb then use something soft such as a Popsicle stick. Straightening the fins will increase the efficiency of the air flow through the coils.

  • Step 7

    Vacuum all surfaces including front and back of grille assembly. Do not forget to vacuum underside of metal air conditioner cover. After this reassemble the air conditioner and cover air conditioner with plastic wrap or an old blanket.

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