Just like split-type and ducted air conditioners, window-type air conditioners also require regular maintenance and upkeep. If you have one of these at home, it is important that you know how to clean your unit especially at the beginning and end of the summer season, when it is used most. Proper maintenance of your air conditioner will not only maximize its efficiency but will also extend its lifespan, allowing you to enjoy its benefits for a much longer time.
In this article, we will give you some tips on how to properly maintain your window type air conditioner. But before that, let us talk about the basics of a window AC.
The basics of window-type air conditioners
A window type air con is not as big and as complex as split systems and ducted systems, but that does not mean it deserves less of your attention. In fact, you need to know at least a thing or two about what makes up a window air con to know how to properly maintain it.
Inside a window air conditioner are a compressor, a motor, two fans, and thermostat controls. You will find these components between the coils, where dirt and other debris often accumulate. Window air cons may not be as complex as bigger air conditioning systems, but they can be very hard to repair once dirt accumulates in its components. When that happens, the fan struggles blowing out cool air, the filters and drain ports get clogged, and the overall efficiency of your unit is reduced. Once the sealed components of your unit start showing problems, you will need to hire an air conditioning professional to conduct an extensive repair on your unit. Never run the risk of touching the sealed components of your unit—including the compressor and motor—unless you want the issue to get worse.
Protecting your unit during the winter
Winter means not having to turn on your window air conditioner for an entire season. But that does not mean you can just leave your unit untouched for months. During the cold season, you need to make sure your window air con is shielded from the elements by removing it from its mounting and keeping it in a secure place in your home. If you cannot remove the unit on your own, you may simply use an air con cover to shield from snow the part of the unit that is hanging from the outside. Use a duct tape to make sure the cover is in place.
Cleaning your unit after winter
If you failed to use a heavy sheeting or cover to protect your air conditioner during the winter, it is crucial to conduct an early season maintenance as soon as the cold season is over. First, check the inside of your unit for insects and other elements. There are times when small birds build their nests inside window air conditioners, so be sure to get rid of them. Take out the front access cover of your unit and get it from its mounting frame so you can thoroughly inspect it from the inside out. To clean its inner components, use a vacuum or a soft brush to wipe out all the dirt and debris you may find in its condenser coils. You may also bring your unit outside your home so you can use a hose to clean the coils, but make sure that you keep the motor from getting wet.
It is also common for the condenser coils to get bent after months of slumber. When this happens to your unit, use a fin comb to straighten them. It is also important to check the foam air filter of your unit for any damage. If you only find dirt, simply hose it off and let it dry before reinstalling it. If you spot even a slight damage, find a replacement and immediately take out the damaged part. After cleaning the unit, reinstall its front cover and mount it back into your window. Make sure everything is dry before you plug it to the electric outlet.
Regular maintenance checklist
Caring for your window air con is something that should be done before or after the winter season. You need to make sure you regularly maintain it to keep it working efficiently. Some of the maintenance tasks you can perform regularly include lubricating all its moving parts, cleaning its evaporator and condenser coils, cleaning its blower components for better airflow, and cleaning or changing its air filters.
When your air conditioner is properly maintained, you can enjoy its benefits for many years. If you notice any issue with your window AC that you cannot fix, click here or call an air conditioning specialist right away.