Monday, July 19, 2010
Yesterday morning I received a phone call from my neighbor. She told me about how her parents' air conditioner had stopped working, and upon trouble-shooting for them, her husband found that the filter-thing (official terms only here) was covered in . . . cotton.
The cottonwood tree remnants ("cotton") have been horrid this year where I live; if I didn't know better I'd wonder why it's been snowing this summer. And the allergies -- THE ALLERGIES! Torture.
My neighbor showed me how to check my air conditioning unit by simply looking upward through the slants (gotta get down on the grass to do so). My air conditioning unit? Covered in cotton. As were three more of our neighbors' (that I know of), including one which also had morning glory growing up the sides of the filter.
The problem with this, of course, is that if your filter is covered in anything, it's essentially a clogged filter, thus drastically reducing the effectiveness of your air conditioner. I didn't realize that ideally we should be cleaning the filter about twice during the summer . . . and we've lived here for over seven years. Oops.
To clean the air conditioner, simply use a trigger nozzle on a hose and spray through each vent opening. Will it take a long time? Yes. But will it be worth it, particularly for those of us who may or may not have the A/C running all day and all night? We shall see.
Posted by ~j. at 5:00 AM