Cleaning Your Air Conditioner’s Grilles – Outlets

Posted on: September 6, 2015 by in Air Conditioning, Heating, HVAC Maintenance Tips
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Air conditioning grilles like all things in life unfortunately get dirty. Air conditioning grilles however can be a breeding ground for mould, dust and all sorts of bacteria. Below are some hints and tips on how to clean your air conditioners grilles to keep you and your family safe.

The main air conditioning grille to clean is the return air grille and filter. This grill is the large grille usually located in the ceiling in the hallway or sometimes in a wall. Usually 2 clips can be loosened where the cover will pivot down making the filter accessible. The filter can then be vacuumed or cleaned with warm soapy water. You can clean the filter whilst still in the housing or you can usually take it out to clean it.

The filter frame itself can also be cleaned using warm soapy water or by vacuuming. Ensure that the water around the grille is completely dry before re-starting the system.

Ceiling grilles (diffusers) also can breed bacteria and often can appear quite dirty after many years use. If you look in some old commercial stores and buildings you can often find white grilles dirtied by black dust and mould growing on the grille. To clean simply get a ladder and wash with warm soapy water. Take care when standing on the ladder and if possible get someone else to assist you. Some grilles can actually come out of the ceiling quite easily which means you can take them out and then clean in the sink.

When cleaning ceiling grilles, avoid using harsh detergents, chemicals or scrubbers as you may discolor, stain or scratch the grille. You should also never place the grilles to be cleaned in the dishwasher as the intense heat can melt and warp the grilles.

With these tips in mind, you should start cleaning your air conditioners grilles today. Cleaning the grilles will ensure you and your family stay healthier. Take care when using any ladder and if you think you might struggle, always seek a professionals help.


Source by James Fletcher

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