Home Care

RL Tips: Cleaning Aircon Filters

Clean your trusty cooler with these tips


Rain or Shine we will always need air-conditioners in our hot and humid climate. But if you hear a loud swishing noise, see dust particles being shot into the air, or feel the air-conditioning becoming warmer, your unit may not be on the fritz just yet. These are the symptoms of a dirty AC filter. So roll up your sleeves, take out your filter, and clean it. Once a month is an ideal cleaning schedule, but you can clean it once a week or if your AC is turned on for most of the day.

Photographed by Miguel Nacianceno.

Material from Real Living's Handy Hints and Instant Makeovers: 35 Easy Home Projects (2010). To view other Real Living Home Ideas Books, visit https://www.summitnewsstand.com.ph/real-living/specials.

Follow these steps:
  1. Turn off your air-conditioner and unplug it. Open the AC’s front grill and take the filter out. (Read the AC’s instruction manual first to do this properly).
  2. Prepare a solution of mild soap and lukewarm (not hot) water. Wash the filter gently with this solution, rise with water.
  3. Set aside the filter to dry completely before re-installing it.
  4. You also need to clean the front cover or panel. Wipe off dust and dirt with a sponge or clean rag soaked in your lukewarm-water-and-soap solution. Wipe well to dry. If you can’t re-attach or turn on your AC afterwards, call your service dealer for help.

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