How To Clean An Air Conditioner And Ceiling Fan

by Editor on June 5, 2013

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Both air-conditioners and ceiling fans need to be occasionally cleaned, some more than others depending on the amount of dust in the air. Neglecting to clean an air conditioner and ceiling fan can in itself lead to air quality issues. Dust can build up on the fan blades and a neglected air-conditioner can end up with mold and fungus growing inside of it.

How to Clean a Ceiling Fan

There’s a lot of information available on the Internet now that details how to clean the blades on a ceiling fan. It’s really just dust that needs to be wiped off of them, so you can use a vacuum cleaner brush attachment or perhaps a cleaning rag that has been lightly sprayed with common furniture cleaner.

What none of the articles and videos available online cover is the risk that’s involved any time you climb up on a ladder to perform a task. Climbing up a ladder is one thing, because it’s dangerous enough. However once you climb up on a ladder and start moving around, the risk factor shoots up considerably.

Avoiding Ladder Injuries: 101

So rule number one is to never use a folding ladder that is not functioning 100% as it should. So if it’s wobbly or perhaps missing a foot pad that’s causing it to have a slight lean, or if it’s a fiberglass ladder that’s developing cracks in the legs, just throw it out. Its service life is used up, and no matter what you paid for it, it’s not worth the risk of serious injury.

Besides it costs very little money to rent a ladder from your local rental agency, and then once you get it home if you can find somebody to hold it steady while you go up on in then for sure do that. Also whether you rent or own, make sure that the ladder is tall enough for you to come comfortably stand on while access the fan blade assembly that you need to clean.

How to Clean an Air Conditioner

Cleaning air conditioner is a little more difficult than cleaning a ceiling fan and most particularly if it’s a window air conditioner installed in a room on the second floor of a home. One more thing that makes it more difficult to clean an air conditioner is that an air-conditioning unit has two sides to clean one inside and one outside.

Step #1 – To Clean an Air Conditioner

The first thing you need to do is to turn the unit off and allow it to come to room temperature. The reason here is that the outside heat exchange system will be hot while it’s running, and the inside cooling grate where the air passes through will be cold in some cases; sometimes even covered over with ice. So turn it off and give it about a half an hour to stabilize the temperatures.

Step #2 – Is to Clean the Outside Grill

After it’s been given some time for the temperatures of both the inside and outside components to stabilize, it’s time to blast the exterior heat exchange components clean with a garden hose. That’s about it. Use a garden hose with a good spray nozzle on the end to basically pressure wash the aluminum radiator component, so that it once again allows air to pass freely through it.

Move up and down and side to side in a systematic fashion, so every square inch of the exposed aluminum heat exchange radiator grate has been blasted. If you can go around to the side of the unit and give the debris that you blasted off another good water blast through the air vents so it doesn’t accumulate inside, then do that too.

Step #3 Clean the Interior Side of the Unit

Obviously because you’re inside the building the high-pressure hose blast technique that works so well on the outside is out of the question. So the first task at hand is to remove the control knobs of the unit and then place them into a bowl or perhaps a Ziploc baggie, so they don’t get lost. After that, proceed in cleaning the interiors of the air conditioner.

About the Author

Written by Lindsey Shears. She is a full time employee and a mother of three. From time to time, she cleans her home from top to bottom aand that includes air conditioners and ceiling fans too.

photo by: pjsixft ("PJ")

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