Updated: Dec 10, 2018
As spring rolls around the AC needs turning on more and more often, its important to ensure that your air conditioner is free of dust, mould and allergens that may be circulating around your unit and in turn, the air in your home. Avoiding cleaning your air conditioner can result in moisture, excessive mould and will effect the unit’s performance and on occasion, require a mechanic to repair.
Your air conditioner consists of 3 separate parts that require attention when cleaning. The indoor filter, the louvres and the outdoor unit.
The indoor filter can be found when to lift the front plastic cover to your unit. The filter will often clip in and out and giving this filter a rinse under cold water and a brush down will remove the dust and dirt build up.
The louvres can attract dust and mould, so depending on the condition, you may need to follow more than one of these steps. Bring a paintbrush and gently brush away dust build up from the louvres and just inside the louvres. A wet cloth can be used to wipe down the louvres to remove mould and moisture.
The outdoor unit requires a clean on and around the area where your condenser is installed. Build up of garden rubbish can clog the drain and cause your unit to leak water, so be sure to clear all debris around the unit. The quick brush down of the outdoor unit will reduce build up of matter inside the unit.
If you notice that your unit is leaking water, louvres are broken, filters are broken or something that doesn’t seem quite right, it’s best to call in the professionals.