I'm sure you know how important it is to make sure appliances like your air conditioners and electric fans are in good working order in the summer. After all, who likes to come to a home that is devoid of cool air? I know I don't.
Recently, I was speaking with my nextdoor neighbor, Nick, who is an electrician. We got started talking about what he's been up to and he told me that his company has been flooded with calls to come to people's homes to repair their window air conditioners.
I asked why so many of them seemed to be malfunctioning, and he said that many people fail to keep the filter of this appliance clean.
I had a skeptical look on my face, as if any AC maintenance tips were outside my realm of understanding. Nick assured me that cleaning the filter of these window appliances was a simple process.
First, he told me that once a month I should take off the front grille and get rid of any dust bunnies or debris stuck on the filter. Nick said that if this part of the window air conditioner is really dirty, then I should just replace it.
But, he also said that I could clean the filter using just soap and water. Then Nick advised that I rinse the piece well and let it dry completely before putting it back in the appliance.
I looked at him and asked, "Is that all?" Nick smiled at me and told me that was it. I chuckled to myself thinking how simple cleaning a filter was. The next day, I employed the help of my son so he could learn to, and before we knew it, the air conditioner's filter was clean and the window appliance was running like new again.