Your air conditioner has a filter that keeps it clean and improves the indoor air quality of your home. It needs to be cleaned regularly. You should clean it every one to three months, depending on how quickly it gets dirty.
Locate the Filter
The air conditioner’s filter will be in one of two places. It can be found at the return register, which is where air enters your home’s HVAC system. It can also be in the air handler, which is in the crawlspace, basement, closet, or attic. It will be at the bottom of the air handler.
Determine If Your Filter Can Be Cleaned
Turn off your air conditioner and see if it has a disposable filter or one that is reusable. If it’s disposable, buy a new one. If it’s reusable, use the tube extension on your vacuum cleaner to suck out all the dust and dirt. You can put it back in place and turn your AC system on if all you’re doing is routine cleaning.
You should do a deeper cleaning once in a while. Mix equal parts of vinegar and water. Put the mixture in a tub and put the air conditioner filter in it. Leave it for at least one hour, or longer if it’s really dirty. Remove it from the mixture and place it on a rack to dry.
If the air conditioner filter is too big to fit in a tub, take it outside, lean it against a wall and hose it down.
Don’t put the filter back in place until it is bone dry. Remember to turn your air conditioner back on once this has been accomplished.
1st Choice Mechanical LLC in Peoria, AZ, will clean the filter when performing annual maintenance on your air conditioner. We also repair and install air conditioners and offer the same services for heaters. Additionally, we offer indoor air quality services, duct cleaning, and appliance repair. Call today to find out more.