One essential way to avoid costly repairs of your air conditioner is to make sure it is well cleaned and maintained often. This is especially true if you live in a high pollution area. There is every possibility that dust will begin to collect in your air conditioner. These particles slow the air conditioner down and force it to work harder. Eventually this will cause it to break down.
You will need to remove the air conditioner’s panels so that you can clean the evaporator or condenser coils. You can use a brush to do this or vacuum the coils, whichever is easiest for you. Another method is to mix water and detergent and spray this on the coils then rinse with a hose. Be very careful not to spray or rinse any of the electrical parts of the air conditioner. Also be sure that the fins or coils are not damaged before you spray any type of liquid on them. You will need to clean the air filters regularly to eliminate any mold problems that can accumulate because of the moisture into the unit.
There are a few other ways to clean your air conditioning unit that are not quite as efficient and low cost as the one already mentioned. You can steam clean an air conditioning unit. This involves a special chemical cleaner that is shot into the unit under high pressure steam machines. There is also vapor steam cleaning, which uses the same steaming procedure but without the chemicals. The great thing about steam cleaning is that the heat of the steam instantly kills any dust mites, molds or fungi that are in the air conditioner.
Another advantage is that your carpet or the surrounding area will not get wet in this process. This is because the dry steam doesn’t cause excessive wetness, and any moisture will dry in less than 15 minutes. Vapor steam cleaning is also ideal for those with allergies, since no chemicals are used and an allergy cannot be triggered.