The filter on your air conditioner stops bacteria and other nasties from being circulated around your house, so it’s important to keep it clean. A unit also doesn’t work as efficiently with blocked filters, so if it’s not clean it means you’re paying extra to stay hot and bothered.
If your rental property has a split system or wall/window-mounted air conditioner, you need to clean the filters and vents every three months. It’s a relatively easy job that in most cases can be done with a wet cloth and a vacuum cleaner.
How to clean your air-conditioner filter
Every system is different, which is why we suggest having a quick read of the manual you were given when you first signed your Rentwest lease (if a manual was provided by the owner). If you don’t have a manual, here are a few basic tips:
- The filter on split systems and wall/window-mounted units is generally behind the front panel. Gently slide the filter out.
- Give the filter a quick vacuum to dislodge any dust.
- Fill your sink with water and a little bit of dishwashing liquid. Gently clean the filter with a cloth so that it is see-through.
- Lay the filter down to dry completely. Do not reinstall the filter while it is still wet.
- When the filter is dry, reattach it to the unit.
- Use a dry cloth to wipe down the face of the unit and remote controller.
- Give front vents a dust with a rag or vacuum cleaner.
Do you have a reverse-cycle or evaporative cooler?
Tenants can’t clean reverse-cycle or evaporative units, but you can keep vents clean and free of dust. We suggest turning on your unit in the next few weeks to check that everything is in working order. If it’s not, get in touch with your property manager so that we can arrange a service