How to clean your air conditioner

How to clean your air conditioner

In Byron Bay air conditioning is installed in many of the homes and businesses due to the area’s tropical climate. In order to maintain optimum efficiency and good air quality, it’s important to keep your air conditioner clean.

The filters inside an air conditioning unit are designed to catch dust, bacteria and any other pollutants that may be in the air. Without regular cleaning these filters clog up and collect moisture which can turn to mold, reducing the quality of the air considerably, not good for you or your AC unit.

A dirty air conditioner has to work harder to cool or heat and move the air. Cleaning your air conditioner is not hard to do, and if done on a regular basis, will reduce its running costs considerably.

The following cleaning guide is based on the most common type of Byron Bay air conditioning units – Split System air conditioners.

Check the user guide

All air conditioning units come with a user manual that gives instructions on how to clean your units air filters and parts. If you have misplaced your manual, a replacement should be available to download from the manufacturer’s website.

Before cleaning your air conditioning unit, make sure it is turned off at the powerpoint.

How to clean an air conditioner’s filters Most user manuals will recommend you remove and clean the dust filters every few weeks, this is a good idea if you are using your air conditioner daily as its surprising how quickly the dirt can build up. As a guide, the more you use your unit, the more often you should clean it. We recommend a thorough clean at least at the beginning of each season to prevent a build-up of dust and keep the air clean.

  • Open the cover of the indoor unit and remove the filters
  • We recommend taking the filters outside and giving them a good shake or brush.
  • When the loose dust has come away you can use a vacuum cleaner to give a more thorough clean
  • Wash the filters in warm soapy water
  • Ensure the filters are completely dry before putting them back in the unit.

If your model also has an air purification filter, this can also be removed and cleaned. Refer to your manual for instructions on cleaning and how often your filter will need replacing.

How to clean your air conditioner’s louvres

Ensure your AC system is switch off at the wall before attempting to clean. Some split system units will also let you remove the indoor unit’s louvres for easy cleaning. These oscillating blades that direct the airflow can get dusty quickly, simply running a dry or damp cloth over them should be sufficient, and whilst they are removed clean the space behind them in your unit.

How to clean an outdoor air conditioning unit

Your outdoor AC compressor unit needs to be kept as clean as possible. We recommend a regular brush to keep dust, leaves and cobwebs at bay, also to make sure there are no overhanging plants or trees nearby that may cause damage.

If your air intake looks dusty, a quick going over with your vacuum cleaner brush will quickly give it a clean. We don’t recommend you open the outdoor compressor; this should always be left to a professional AC technician.

Professional air conditioning service Byron Bay

Your air conditioning system, no matter how big or small should be professionally serviced at least once a year. This will increase the lifespan of your unit, keep your air quality high, and your electricity bill low.

At Green Bay Air Conditioning we have a team of qualified and insured service technicians who are experienced with all makes and models. We also offer a deep clean sanitisation service for units that have been neglected for a while.

For further information please contact our team on 0448 875 008.

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