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need tips on cleaning my window AC UNIT filter

Postby dreamcast459 » Sun May 27, 2018 2:12 am

ok first off i know this prolly isnt the best place to ask this type of question but i figure why not give it a shot.

so a while ago i moved into a nice studio apartment with a window AC-UNIT in the wall to keep the place cooled. sadly who ever lived here before me never cleaned out the air filter as u can see from the pic below. i checked on google and LG no longer sells a replacement air filter for my ac unit, so my only option is to give it a good deep cleaning. so im asking the members here what would be the best way to deep clean this so it looks brand new?

was thinking about soaking it either in vinegar or that oxyclean stuff what are my options as far as cleaning this? so far running it under the sink faucet isn't helping and the air isnt cool enough because of how dirty and clogged this sucker is

edit for those who may ask talking to the leasing office about this issue isnt worth it there idiots to say the least

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Re: need tips on cleaning my window AC UNIT filter

Postby ryder4life » Sun May 27, 2018 2:48 am

I've been in an apartment that had a filter that was designed to be cleaned not replaced. I used to sit mine in vinegar and use a shower spray that one that u can install and basically power spray. Sucked where I lived it had massive pollen that got sucked in
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Re: need tips on cleaning my window AC UNIT filter

Postby dreamcast459 » Sun May 27, 2018 3:16 am

thanks sadly all i have is a walk in shower no tub i will try vinegar
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Re: need tips on cleaning my window AC UNIT filter

Postby EarthwormJames » Sun May 27, 2018 4:36 am

Probably just some bleach and soapy water. Though I would advise to stay away from Clorox brand, as they changed their formula recently. They put stuff in it that triggers asthma. People stopped using putting it in swimming pool. It's not safe.

I spray a solution of 1/3 bleach and 2/3 water into my ac units every couple of months. But you have to be careful doing that because bleach is poisonous. So do it when nobody will be in the room for at least 5 hours, then let it air out. And again, stay away from Clorox brand.

It also helps to clean the grill surface with an old toothbrush, going with the grain of course.
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Re: need tips on cleaning my window AC UNIT filter

Postby dreamcast459 » Sun May 27, 2018 5:24 am

thanks earthworm gonna stick to oxyclean or vinegar due to my asthma
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Re: need tips on cleaning my window AC UNIT filter

Postby EarthwormJames » Sun May 27, 2018 5:37 am

Keep in mind mold also inflames asthma. So you got to get it out somehow. Just be sure to rinse it throughly with water and let it air out, away from you.
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Re: need tips on cleaning my window AC UNIT filter

Postby LJ711 » Sun May 27, 2018 7:43 am

I am a licensed A/C contractor . Have been in trade since 1992. Don't use anything harsh! Use simple green or something odorless and biodegradable.
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Re: need tips on cleaning my window AC UNIT filter

Postby EarthwormJames » Sun May 27, 2018 8:03 am

Simple green kills mold?
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Re: need tips on cleaning my window AC UNIT filter

Postby mercuryshadow09 » Sun May 27, 2018 8:28 am

It's just a plastic reusable screen, just hit it with some soapy water and an old tooth brush.
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