How to Clean the Indoor Coils of a Central Air Conditioner
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How to Clean the Indoor Coils of a Central Air Conditioner

In order to reduce energy usage, it is important to maintain your central air conditioner. The most basic maintenance that should be done regularly is cleaning the indoor coils. However, you do not have to call a professional technician to do this. Cleaning the indoor coils of a central air conditioning unit is a simple process for anyone to complete.

In order to reduce energy usage, it is important to maintain your central air conditioner. The most basic maintenance that should be done regularly is cleaning the indoor coils. However, you do not have to call a professional technician to do this. Cleaning the indoor coils of a central air-conditioning unit is a simple process for anyone to complete.    

Items Needed:

  • Cleaning Brush
  • Vacuum Cleaner
  • Coil Cleaner
  • Screwdriver
  1. Carefully remove the outer cover of the air-conditioning unit. On most models of central air     conditioners, the cover will slide out of place. However, some models use a series of screws to secure the cover. If you are unable to slide the cover off your air conditioner, then you will need to look for any screws that are holding the cover in place.  Place the cover to the side in a safe place.
  2. It is important to remove as much dust and dirt as possible from the coils. A vacuum is ideally suited to this task. Run the vacuum along the coils until it has removed the majority of dust and dirt. If you are having difficulties removing all the debris with the vacuum, then attach a brush nozzle to the vacuum, which will make it easier to remove stubborn dust.
  3. Spray the coils with coil cleaner until they are completely covered in cleaner. Coil cleaner is available at most major home-improvement stores. To prevent damage to your coils, follow all directions that are on the coil cleaner. Most cleaners will need to be left on the coils for a few minutes before removing. This helps the cleaning solution breakdown the grime that has accumulated on the coils. After letting the cleaning solution set, use a brush to remove the solution and any dirt that was on the coils.
  4. Make sure to remove excess coil cleaner before replacing the cover. If the coil cleaner is left on the coils for an extended period of time, then it can cause the coils to rust. Before replacing the cover, use a damp cloth to remove any excess cleaner. This will protect your coils and make them last longer.  Do not spray the coils with a hose, as the water pressure may disconnect important components and/or wires.

Following these simple instructions will not only save you money on energy costs, but also the costs of having a professional perform a coil cleaning.

Source:

www.homeimprovementhelper.com

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