How to clean Evaporator Coils on Air Conditioner
A cool air gives you a cool mood!… your air conditioner is one appliance that needs to be regularly cleaned and taken care of because it can give you a lot of benefits. Air condition has been widely used at offices and at homes. There are even those who are specially trained in air condition maintenance. Cleaning your air condition set is easy. You can utilize the following steps and get to grab some of the friendly and home-based materials needed in cleaning your air condition set.
- Mild Detergent Soap – used as a cleaning agent
- Garden Hose
- Bleach – a cleaning agent and a deodorizer too.
- Fin Comb
- Sponge – absorbs excess water in totally cleaning and drying your air condition appliance.
- Working Gloves – used to protect your hands from the strong chemical component of your bleach.
- Brush with Soft Bristles – an instrument used to completely brush and wipe off dust and dirt.
- Dry Cloth
- To ensure safety and to avoid being electrocuted, make sure to turn off the power system where your Air Conditioner is connected. If you have those air conditioners that are plug-in, just turn it off and unplug it. This is important before you start cleaning.
- Next, it is time to locate the evaporator coils. To locate them, slide or insert your fingers to the slots or spaces in the blower panel. Remove this panel in order to advance to the next panel. The next panel is the evaporator coils protector. Remove this also. After you remove this panel, the evaporator coils will be exposed to you.
- Start cleaning the coils by running a brush up and down the fins of the system. These fins are metal and we use a brush with soft bristles to avoid scratches. These fins are also fragile so just brush them gently so that they would not bend.
- Start cleaning the coils by brushing them with special care. Also, focus on the part where the air filter is nearest. This is the dirtiest part of the coil. For hard-to-get dirt, mix in a bowl the mild detergent soap and water to form a mild concentrated mixture. When you brush the coils with the mixture, make sure that there will be no dripping on the system or else, it will cause damage.
- Wear you r gloves for this next step. Check the fins if there are bent ones. If yes, fix it with a fin comb. If none, leave it.
- Wipe the evaporator coils and the fins dry. For further cleaning, also clean the exterior panels, drain tubes and drain pan. You can use bleach in these parts. The bleach will not only help in cleaning these parts, but it will also prevent algae formation.
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