How To Clean An Air Conditioner Filter?

If you’re wondering how to clean a window air conditioner unit, the first thing to do is to clean the filters. Filters on central air units are usually replaced rather than cleaned, so if you’re cleaning a filter on a larger unit, you should check the owner’s manual to see if cleaning the filter is really an option. Filter removal varies from unit to unit, but the steps for cleaning the filter are generally the same.

1. Vacuum AC filter

For regular maintenance, you just need to vacuum. Use an attachment without a brush, as this can damage the filter. Run the vacuum nozzle up and down the length of the filter. You may see quite a bit of dust removed. If you have pets, you may need to check the filter a few times to remove as much hair as possible. Do not press hard on the filter while vacuuming, or you may end up tearing or denting the filter.

2. Soak the AC filter

Fill a bathtub or another large container with room temperature water. Add a little regular liquid detergent and mix well to lather the water. Put the filter in the container and make sure it is submerged. Move the filter back and forth so that it is completely covered with the soap solution, and let it sit for 10 to 15 minutes.

Do not use brushes or other abrasive tools on the filter as they may cause damage. Using a hose is a great way to remove dirt and debris. Rinse with the hose from one side at a time until the water runs clear.

3. Spray AC filter

Mix a one-to-one solution of vinegar and water and add it to a spray bottle. Spray both sides of the filter and wait 10 minutes for the solution to kill bacteria. Rinse the filter under running water before continuing.

4. Dry the AC filter

The AC filter needs to be air-dried and can take several hours to completely remove the moisture. To help with this process, you can place newspaper on the ground below the filter. Hold the filter against the wall on top of the newspaper. After at least three hours, you can reinstall the filter in the air conditioner unit.

Keep your AC running strong

A clean air conditioner is an efficient air conditioner, but it’s not always feasible to take the time to clean your air conditioner units yourself. If you don’t have a shop vacuum, don’t want to deal with chemical-based cleaning solutions, or don’t want to spend hours carefully combing your air conditioner’s fins into place, you can call in a professional.

The above describes the steps to clean the air conditioner filter. If you have any questions or want to buy a new air conditioner filter, please contact us.

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