There’s no denying, we live in the Philippines which happened to be a tropical country so having an AC is a must. And assuming that you already have one, your next problem is how to clean it right?
When was the last time you cleaned your window type aircon? Can’t remember? It is totally fine! This article will help you step by step process of how you can clean your window type ac. But I will tell you this right-away, consider hiring a professional aircon cleaner so you can have peace of mind.
How to clean window type aircon in the Philippines?
This step-by-step tutorial has two target audiences. The first one is for those who want to clean it without removing the window type aircon (meaning, you want to clean it while it hangs up there.)
While the second part is for those who want to clean it totally (this involves removing the window type ac from your wall and cleaning it with a hose or power washer.)
If you prefer cleaning your window type AC WITHOUT REMOVING your unit from the wall, follow these easy steps:
- Turn off and unplug your window AC
- Remove the front grille
- For remote-control unit, disconnect the connector wiring
- Remove and clean the air filter
- Remove the dusts from the AC unit’s fin. You can use a vacuum cleaner or an old toothbrush. Wear dust protection
- Clean the front grille with wet cloth
- After everything is dry, put all the pieces into place
- Plug the ac and check if everything is working fine
If you want to clean using your garden hose, follow these steps:
- Turn off and unplug your window AC
- Remove your ac from your wall
- Remove air filter and front grille.
- Cover the thermostat with a plastic bag. Garbage bag will also work, make sure everything is sealed.
- If the fins are bent, straighten it.
Why is it important to clean your window type AC?
Cleaning your window type ac might be a chore. But you should know that there are helpful benefits of regularly cleaning your room AC. Plus, it also helps the overall cleanliness of your room or living room if you have one there.
Risks of dirty window type AC
Aside from being unhygienic, a dirty AC can cause health problems. Yes, that bad odor that you smell whenever you started your AC might be coming from the mold and dust accumulated inside your air conditioner.
The dust and mold accumulated inside may cause the following:
- Develop allergic symptoms
- Bad odors
- Huge electricity bills
- Leading to air conditioner failure
Developing allergic symptoms
Note: This is not professional advice. Please consult with your doctor for signs and symptoms.
The dust and molds can float in the air and inhaling them can trigger allergic symptoms like sneezing, runny nose, and coughing.
Personally, I suffer from allergic rhinitis. The burden of sneezing every morning and having watery eyes sucks. Sometimes, I get allergy attacks just by being inside our room with AC and it’s not good.
Getting some skin disease is rare but skin drying is very common if you’re exposed to an air conditioner for a longer period of time.
Molds develop inside your AC due to the temperature and the dust buildup. Molds love the humidity inside your air conditioner and the dust acts as a food source for these molds.
When mold increases, an unpleasant odor spreads throughout the room when the air conditioner is used, leading to the spread of mold.
These molds also trigger allergic symptoms mentioned above.
Huge electricity bills
If your AC is not cooling like it used to be, chances are you will adjust the thermostat to the higher cooling number. This will cause the AC to perform harder and generates more energy.
The dirt buildup can cause the AC to generate more power, thus leaving you higher electricity bills.
Leading to air conditioner failure
On rare occasions, dirt on the air conditioner can lead to breakdowns. If dust and dirt increase inside the air conditioner, dust may get into the precision parts and cause a malfunction.
If your dirty AC didn’t breakdown, then your costs for repairs and replacements will be costly.
How often should you clean your window type air conditioner?
The answer depends on several factors: the size of the system, the level of air pollution in the area, how often the unit is used, and the number of pets in the home.
While you can clean air filters whenever you want, it’s a good idea to clean or replace them at least once a year.
Even experts in air conditioning advise that even if there is nothing wrong with your air conditioning unit, you still need to have it cleaned at least once every 12 months to make sure that your air conditioner is working at its peak efficiency during the season when you need it the most.
Cost of professional aircon cleaner in the Philippines for window type AC
Hiring a professional ac cleaner is always the best choice if you want your window-type ac to be cleaned.
However, Filipinos tend to look for the service price first before hiring one. This is understandable because if they can do it, we can also DIY it. We have a separate article about the how much is aircon cleaning in the Philippines.
Depending on your area, the cost of a professional AC cleaner varies. In provinces, the labor is cheaper compared to the professionals in major cities like NCR, Cebu, Davao, etc.
The standard package of these services often comes with:
- Standard checkup
- Cleaning of filters and external parts
- Pressure cleaning
- Others offer warranties
The average price of window type aircon cleaning with BELOW 1.5 HP motors in Metro Manila is 600 ~ 650 PHP.
But you can find cheaper alternatives if you browse Facebook Marketplace or Carousell.