The comfort that an air conditioner can bring to a room on a hot summer's day is worth just about any price--any price, that is, except maybe the cost of a new air conditioner. Thus it is wise to keep your current air conditioner running as well--and for as long--as it possibly can. If you would like to learn more about maintaining a window AC, read on. This article will introduce three tips for getting the most from your investment.
Tip 1: Keep the filter clean.
One of the nice things about window air conditioners, as opposed to central AC units, is that almost all of them have a reusable air filter. Most commonly the air filter is located somewhere on the front of the unit; try consulting your manual if you're not sure where to look. All it takes to get an air filter back up to snuff is a quick soak in some warm soapy water and a little bit of rinsing to rid it of any clinging dirt. Try to stay on top of this, cleaning the filter monthly during periods of peak use.
Tip 2: Wash the fans periodically.
AC fans have a nasty way of accumulating dust and should be cleaned off from time to time. Most units contain two fans. One will be located close to the evaporator, while the other is found next to the condenser. Don't worry if you don't know exactly where these are; both fans can be easily accessed from the back of the unit.
Thankfully, all of the electrical parts of your AC are sealed off. This means that you can clean the fans quite well--and quite easily--using a standard garden hose. Not only will having clean fans help the AC to cool more efficiently, but it will reduce the amount of dirt and debris clogging up your air filter.
Tip 3: Straighten the fins.
If you've ever taken a close look at a window AC from the back, you've probably noticed a series of fins extending vertically from top to bottom. These fins are there to help transfer hot air from the inside to the outside of your home. Yet fins that become too bent out of shape are no longer able to fulfill this purpose as well.
Luckily, it's easy to straighten out bent fins. All you'll need is a special tool known as a fin comb. As its name would imply, this implement contains a series of plastic teeth, set just far enough apart to fit into the gaps between fins. Drawing the comb gently across the fins to get them straight will give the efficiency of your AC a huge boost.
For more information, contact Norris Mechanical or a similar company.