How to clean a ducted air conditioning filter
A complete, step by step guide to cleaning the filter in any ducted air conditioning system.
Cleaning ducted air conditioning filters might seem challenging, but if you take the necessary steps and handle the process with care, you’ll find it more straightforward than you might think. Keep reading to learn more about the process! By following the process detailed in this article, you’ll able to learn about removing, cleaning, drying, and resetting the filter as quickly and easily as possible.
To clean out a ducted air conditioning filter, several simple steps need to be taken. The first thing you will need to do is to undo the hinged return air grill frame fixing. This is an important step, which will enable you to continue with the cleaning process and access the filters without too much difficulty. In most air conditioning units, you will find that the frame fixing often consists of a thumb screw. In some systems, it could be a sliding clip, making it easier to operate manually, without the need for any additional tools. In order to open the swing frame, all you need to do is simply swing it open and let it rest on a vertical angle.
After having opened the unit correctly, you can remove the filter, by sliding it out gently. Make sure that you don’t force anything in or out! If things don’t seem to move along, try to retrace your steps and make sure that everything is exactly where it should be. Once you are able to successfully slide out the filer of your air conditioning unit, the first step is to clean lint and other debris off. This could be done with a standard vacuum cleaner depending on how dirty the filers is!
After you remove all the debris, lint and other materials such as hair and other things that might have made their way on to the filter, it is time to use water for a deeper wash. Warm or lukewarm water will work really well for this particular purpose! Wash gently, and let it dry. The best way to dry the filter is direct exposure to sunlight. Having said that, you can also dry it indoors, if the weather does not permit for outdoor drying.
Once the cleaned filter has dried out completely, you will need to put it back into the air conditioning unit. This is just a reverse if what you did at the start, all that you are going to need to do is to simply slide the filter back into its hinged grill. You can close the grill by swinging it back into place, and lock the unit by screwing up the fixing, or using the clip if that’s what your air conditioning unit comes with!
It is important to remember that you should not use your air conditioner until you have put the filters back in place. If you decide to operate your air conditioner without using any filter, you may expose it to damage and issues. It may cause long-term issues with the performance of the air conditioning unit if you do not put it back correctly. It’s actually a good idea to consider cleaning your filter every 3 months. You can also use your judgment, as you may need to clean your air conditioner filters more or less frequently, depending on a number of factors. These include, dust, moisture in the air, the climate in your area, your air conditioners usage rate…all of these and more will affect the freshness and cleanliness of the filters.
It is a good idea to consider getting your air conditioning unit serviced by a professional every once in a while, ideally every year, especially as the spring season approaches! Think of it as changing the oil, or checking the tyres on your car!
As you might have noticed, the process is relatively straight-forward. It does not require any specialised tools, and it isn’t very time-consuming.
There are many reasons why you should consider cleaning your air conditioner filter: Firstly, dirty filters can host bacterial and microbial growth that is then circulated back into your home. Also, dirty filters that get too blocked or clogged can decrease the effectiveness of your air conditioning unit, and increase your energy consumption since the air conditioner will have to work much harder in order to achieve optimal performance.