Air conditioners can grow mold and start to blow smelly, unhealthy air into your home if not cleaned properly. Fortunately, a windowed unit doesn’t cost much to keep clean; you just need a bleach and water solution and the right approach.
The video above demonstrates how you can easily clean out an odor and keep your air conditioner running at top efficiency. It basically boils down to this:
- Wash the filter: Your air conditioner’s filter collects a lot of dust and debris. It can effectively blow cold air into your home if that filter is full of crap. Wash it off with the bleach and water solution for better airflow without a funky odor.
- Clean the coils: Evaporator coils lie beneath the air filter. You’ll need a brush attachment on a vacuum (or a handheld with a similar function) to get the dirt off quickly, but you can just use a scrub brush if your prefer the old-fashioned way.
- Straighten the fins: If you’ve got bent fins on your air conditioner, fix ’em! You just need to pick up a fin comb at your local hardware store and use it.
For the most part, you really just need to wash the filter. Unless you’ve been using the air conditioner for a long time, that’s likely causing the most inefficiency and where you’ll find trapped smells first. If not, move your way down the list.
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