Window air conditioner units need basic service every year, or they will not work as well as they should.
One of the more important things to be done is to clean the filter from dust and other debris that can block the airflow.
When airflow is blocked, an A/C unit can not work properly and can fail to cool a room as well as when it was new.
How To Clean a Window Air Conditioner Filter
- Remove the front cover. Each unit will have its own clips or the unique way the cover is attached.
- Slide the filter out.
- The filter can be cleaned in a sink with water. Only use water as any chemicals that are used will circulate in the room after it is cleaned.
- After cleaning the filter, install it back into the unit. Be sure it is aligned correctly, so no debris gets past it while it is operating.
How often the filter is cleaned will depend on the climate lived in.
For example, a desert environment has much more debris in the air than a high mountain region.
Keeping the filter clean is very important since an A/C unit works with airflow to transfer hot and cold air to the right places.
A dirty filter interrupts this process and can lead to an underperforming unit.
Never run a window air conditioner without the filter as the fins that air flows through can become clogged.
This can lead to more problems since the small fins are not easily cleaned, and if no air is able to pass through the unit, it will not work.
Cleaning the filter can also add to the life of the unit since it will not need to work as hard to pump cool it into a room.
It can also help the window air conditioner unit operate more quietly.
Have you cleaned the filter on a window air conditioner unit? Let us know your thoughts below.