When warm weather arrives in Newton, KS, you’ll need to stay on top of air conditioner maintenance. One of the most important things you’ll need to do to maintain your air conditioner is to check the air filter every month. If your air conditioner has a reusable filter, you’ll need to clean it every two to four weeks. Use these tips to care for your air conditioner’s filter.

Access the Filter

Turn off the air conditioner before removing and changing the filter. The air conditioner’s filter is located in the air handler. The filter is typically located in its own housing. Access the housing door. You may need a screwdriver to open it. Once you open the housing door, slide out the filter.

Wash the Filter

Use the vacuum cleaner’s extension hose to remove it. Take the air conditioner’s filter to a large sink or the bathtub or shower. Give it a gentle rinse on both sides. Add a few drops of biodegradable dish soap. Use a soft brush, such as an old toothbrush, to remove any sticky debris. Rinse the filter again. Allow the filter to soak in a 50% white vinegar solution. This kills any bacteria, pollen, or mold spores on the filter. Allow the filter to soak for one to four hours.

Dry and Replace the Filter

Place the filter on a towel. Allow it to naturally air dry. Reinsert the filter into its housing. Restore power to the air conditioner. Avoid rubbing the filter dry, as this could cause a tear in the filter media and render the filter unusable.

At Graber’s Plumbing & Heating, we’re proud to be the trusted provider of air conditioner maintenance in Newton. We also offer heating maintenance and heating and cooling repair and replacement services. Our plumbing services keep your home’s plumbing system working well. If you’re a business owner in the Newton area, you can count on us for reliable commercial plumbing, heating, ventilation, and air conditioning services. For more details about how to clean your air conditioner’s filter, get in touch with us at Graber’s Plumbing & Heating today.