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Tips to Maintain a Portable Air Conditioner

December 13, 2013 by  
Filed under Home Appliances

In most cases, a portable air conditioner is positioned in a window. It can cool a single room or several rooms without needing partition walls. If you run into problems with the coils, compression, and motor (the refrigeration circuit), we recommend hiring a specialist. However, when dealing with external maintenance it can be a do-it-yourself job.

During the colder months throughout the year, your portable air conditioner should be taken out of the window and stored indoors. Ideally it should be placed in a dry area that is clean and frequently used. If your portable AC unit can only be stored in a basement, it is important to keep it elevated. This will eliminate the risk of condensation or being submerged in water if a flood takes place.

Unplug and Discharge AC Unit

Anytime you work on an electrical appliance, it is strongly recommended you unplug the unit and make sure it’s discharged. This reduces the risk of injury to yourself or anyone else in the home.

Basic Components

The common pieces associated with a portable air conditioner are:

* Coils
* Drain ports
* Fan
* Filter
* Power cord
* Switch
* Thermostat

These should all be serviced and maintained on a routine basis. Just by using preventative maintenance you can reduce the risk of serious problems in the near future. The best source of information can be found in the portable AC unit’s owner’s guide.

Replacing the Filter

Throughout the winter months, your filter should be changed one time per 30 day cycle. Keep in mind, if you live in an arid climate it can be cleaned and changed more frequently.

You can clean the filters by using a mild detergent and water. Before placing back in the portable air conditioner, be sure to let it dry completely. Then again, if your window air conditioner has a fiberglass furnace filter, you cannot clean it. Instead, replace it each time.

Evaporator and Condenser Coils

In order to kill two birds with one stone, clean the evaporator and/or condenser coils when you clean the filter. However, the coils can be cleaned with a vacuum cleaner. You might run into a problem where the fins on the coils become bent, but they can be straightened back with a fin comb.

Power Cord and Switch Issues

These three areas are easy fixes if one of them breaks down. For instance, the power cord can become worn and fail to supply electricity. Anytime you check the cord you should remove the control panel, unscrew the cord terminals and attach the test wire.

If the switch is giving you fits it might need to be replaced. You can always tells because there will be burnt insulation or black marks on the terminal.

Other Problems

There are plenty of other problems associated with the thermostat, drain ports, and fan, but it will be easy to figure out. Then again, if you don’t feel like doing the work, hire a trained technician to do it for you.

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