At summer's midpoint, time to give your A/C a good cleaning - HMS National, Inc.

At summer's midpoint, time to give your A/C a good cleaning

July 24, 2014

Approximately halfway through the summer season and its already been one for the record books when it comes to heat and humidity. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration recently announced that in June, the global temperature was 61.2 degrees, beating the previous record that was established in 2010. Not only that, but the oceans have been warmer as well, as NOAA climate monitoring experts told The Associated Press that the world's oceans smashed a temperature record in June as well.

In layman's terms - it's pretty darn hot out there. As a result, you've probably spent a lot of your time trying to keep your place cool and comfortable. And if you don't have central air, the next best thing is a window air conditioner.

But if you haven't cleaned your A/C since you got it up and running, odds are it could use a good clearing out, particularly of dust that's built up. Once you've done this, you may be surprised at how much better it runs. 

Take a look at these tips to help guide you.

1. In most air conditioners, the first thing you'll want to take care of is the filter. Though some filters are disposable, many aren't, meaning you'll have to clean it manually. This shouldn't take long to do, though. Once you remove it, just take it over to the sink and allow it soak in water and a dash of laundry detergent. Once it's soaked for 15 minutes, rinse any remaining suds off the filter with warm water and let it dry on its own before replacing it.

2. Of course, what you see on the outside of an A/C is nothing compared to what's inside. What's within the A/C are a number of different fans. In order to see how they're operating, remove the front grille of the A/C by pulling it forward and down simultaneously. However, if the grille uses screws, you'll of course want to grab a screwdriver to remove them.

3. After you've taken the grille and cover off, you should be able to see where the fans are located. Gently brush these off with a duster. This should help expose a small reservoir where general purpose oil can be applied to lubricate the fans. You shouldn't need any more than a few drops.

For additional A/C cleaning tips, visit the Family Time website.

The information in these articles is intended to provide guidance on the proper maintenance and care of systems and appliances in the home. Not all of the topics mentioned are covered by our home warranty or maintenance plans. Please review your home warranty contract carefully to understand your coverage.