Sunday, April 19, 2015

Cleaning York Air conditioner DIY

I never clean the air conditioner before but today I've tried it myself and learned quite a few thing about the York Air conditioner. Usually I used to call contractor to clean the air conditioner and pay around RM80 for the service including refilling the gas.

After some reading on the web and also one comment from the contractor that the air conditioner is not necessary to refill the gas too frequently. It's because the air conditioner has a mechanism that use a temperature difference to operate. As long as the mechanism work it does not need the gas to be refilled all the time maybe once in a year is okay.

Anyway i am not going too detail about this because i don't really know exactly how it works but from this experience i learned that cleaning the air conditioner yourself can be better than the contractor does. Usually the contractor just clean in outer such as the heat sink fin and also the filters which is fine. But there is one more most important thing that I never realized is the fan too need cleaning - until I checked and open it how dirty it is after years of using without service. The dirt become harden and  tough to remove.



The air conditioner fan is made from plastic arranged in cylinder. So over time it will contracted with dirt around the fan. As the dirt accumulate over time it create uneven hole along the arrangement of the small fan and that can cause the fan to produce noise. Watch this video



So in this cleaning process I used the following

1. Bucket of water (Small pale)
2. Cloth
3. Toothbrush
4. Philip screwdriver

Safety Gear

1. Safety glass
2. Mouth cover

Step 1: Open and remove the front filter cover by flipping it up and pull the hook holder. I was very careful in pulling the hook one by one since it is quite soft and fragile. After that remove the air filter and wash it with water. Apart from that I cleaned the heat sink fin as well using wet cloth and toothbrush to remove stuck dirt on the fin.



Step 2: Once that is done - using Philip screwdriver to remove the body cover screws. Then unseat the 3 clips at the top that hold the cover. Then remove the body cover. I guess that is all i need to do because anything more than that seems to be quite complicated. One more thing is to remove the air flow swing so that i can reach the fan inside. Another part that I have to be careful with because the swing flap is quite soft.





Step 3: Then use safety glass and mouth cover before proceeding as well as a cardboard. The cardboard is use to prevent dirt from splashing out everywhere during the cleaning process. Then take a toothbrush and wet in the water.

Step 4: Turn on the air conditioner and as the fan spin place the toothbrush on it. During this process i am using cardboard as guard to prevent the dirt splashing further distance. It's very nasty and dirty. Keep doing part by parts until eventually it looks quite cleaned. There is no way to make it 100% clean and the dirt are inside the fan cylinder cannot be reached by the toothbrush. But that is fine as long as the outer part is cleaned.



Step 5: Once it is cleaned put everything back in place.



After completed cleaning everything i come to realize it isn't so difficult to clean the air conditioner. It's just take my time and a little bit of effort. In fact I have cleaned the fan which the contractor never did before.

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  2. Air Conditioners are the devices which require regular care and maintenance and if taken precautions properly can make one's life very comfortable. These small tips can help a lot in sustaining the life of ACs. Thanks for sharing as it was really helpful.
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  3. That's awesome that all I really need is a great toothbrush to clean the air conditioner. I am sure that if I were to use a brush that was too big, that I would probably wreck the metal paneling of the air conditioner. It would be terrible to wreck your air conditioner in the process of trying to fix it up.
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    1. With a little bit of common sense and softer toothbrush it will be done perfectly...there is not so much worry after you tried it experience will tell you how to do it even better

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  7. We got our air conditioner cleaned up by this company in one day, and we were able to have it done at the beginning and the end of the summer. This is so much easier for us to handle because we can make our appointments years in advance, and the company just shows up ready to make sure our air conditioner works.

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  8. Growing up, my dad was always the repair man. As I have approached adulthood, I've realized how important this information is and I found your article to be very informative and understandable. Thank you for providing pictures as well as safety tips. I also appreciate how the tools used are able to found around the house (such as a toothbrush).

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  9. Besides improving the air quality in the home, cleaning the air conditioner will also lead to some noticeable savings on monthly utility bills. A simple toothbrush and a damp cloth are great for removing layers of dust, debris and other harmful allergens that tend to block air flow in air conditioners. It's a good habit to clean the air conditioner monthly throughout the summer.

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  10. Thanks for sharing your thoughts with us. That would be appreciable.

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  11. To increase efficiency of the air conditioner, air conditioners have them cleaned on a regular basis.Fuel lines and filters have to be checked on regular basis to keep it working at high efficiency.
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  12. thanks for your clear tips, but after tried to DIY clean my hse air-cond, it still has noise, i think maybe i need to buy a new one.

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    1. i think you don't hv to buy a new one.
      just call for a technician to repair it would be okay.
      If you think the currently one is worn, then York is a good choice to look for

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  13. seems like complicated procedure to clean, anyway, i just buy my new York air-cond last week, don't think need to DIY clean now.

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    1. Why don't go for Daikin? better cooling
      Or mitshubishi also great.

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    2. Daikin and York under same company? i thinking of buy York because of its energy saving and ion purifier function. any special feature on mitshubishi or daikin air-cond?

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  14. normally i will ask technician to service the air-cond but not so frequently, so when i buy air-cond i will only chose those with rapid cooling function.

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  15. Aww thanks for sharing, it such a good article. and i watched the video. Just wonder why the air-cond come out with the noise? I am using York as well but the new one come with quiet mode so it do not make any noise

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    1. That is an old unit - about 6 years now and the indoor fan motor is already full of pile of dust that turned into mud inside the fan blade. Sometimes the motor even stuck due to thick dust so i have to clean it with toothbrush

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