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Among the various types of air conditioning units available in the market these days, window air conditioners are used the most. Window Air conditioners are commonly found in houses and offices. Summers are really very hot, and people require some effective modes of cooling. Thus, the demand of A/C in summers is the most. In order to install a window air conditioner in a room, there is a need to sacrifice one of the windows of the rooms for the fitting of the AC.

After the air conditioning system is installed, the individual gets immense relief from the heat and the humidity in summers. But, does one get the same cooling throughout the life? Window air conditioner is electrical equipment, and all electric equipments require some repair at any point of time to make them working for a long time and to increase the life duration of them.

So, in case your window air conditioner does not give proper cooling, it implies that there is a need to do provide proper servicing to the air conditioner. The ways to clean the window AC have been discussed below:

The front grill of the air conditioner is removed with the help of a puffy knife. Such a technique is applied if the grill is held with the help of clips. However, in case the grill has been screwed, a screwdriver is used to remove the grill.

Now the air conditioner is unplugged and taken out of the window and kept on a strong table. Take the help of someone else as the air conditioner is heavy.

The mesh filter is removed and washed.

The grill is washed in warm and soapy water. The grill is bleached to remove any kind of mold. Now shake the excess water out. The filter and the grill are set in the dish drain for letting them dry completely.

Take a vacuum having the brush attachment, and run it through the evaporator coils in a thorough manner.

Take a plastic scrub brush to remove any kind of firm dust.

Now, have a look at the fins on the coils. In case of any flattened or bent fins, run a fin comb to straighten the fins. The fin comb can be bought from any appliance store. Make sure to be very gentle with the fins, as the fins are very delicate.

The air conditioner is now turned around. Make sure that back of the air conditioner faces you. Here, the condenser coils are located.

The same process of running a vacuum brush and the plastic scrub brush to remove any kind of dirt is carried on these coils.

Here also the fins are viewed and straightened with the help of the fin comb.

Now just inspect the air conditioner from inside and get rid of any kind of dirt and dust with the help of the vacuum brush and the crevice attachment.

The blades of the fan should also be cleaned properly with the help of the vacuum and the brush attachment. .

The cleaning process is now complete and the air conditioner is now placed back into the cabinet of the window.

The filter and the grill are re-installed.

The air conditioner is now plugged in.

Now, the air conditioner is again ready to provide effective cooling. After performing the above listed steps of servicing of the window air conditioner, an individual would definitely feel an improvement in the cooling effect. It is actually very easy to service the window AC, and can be done at home only. Servicing the air conditioner at home saves a lot of money, thus ensuring proper cleaning. In order to ensure the effective functioning of the window air conditioner, it is advised to clean the filter of the AC monthly, while in working stage.

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