Three Pitfalls To Avoid When You're Using Soap On Your Portable Air Conditioner's Vent

Posted on: 15 June 2015


To maximize the efficiency of your portable air conditioning unit, it's important to regularly clean all of the gunk and dust that's constantly accumulating on it. Otherwise, you might not be able to cool down a larger room in your home to an acceptable level. To make sure that you don't make any irreversible mistakes while you're using soap on your portable air conditioner's vent, remember to avoid these three pitfalls.

Not Removing The Vent Before You Work On It

While some portable air conditioning vents are built into the plastic exterior and can't be moved, others are held in place by screws. Even if these screws are so small that an ordinary screwdriver can't dislodge them, getting the tool you need to remove them from your local department store is more than worth it.

This is because there's always some risk of soapy water getting into the interior of your portable unit whenever you're cleaning an attached vent. You'll have to either work very slowly and gradually or risk breaking some of the unit's internal parts.

Pressing So Hard On The Vent That It Bends

Compared to stationary air conditioners, most portable air conditioners have smaller vents that are made out of relatively flimsy materials. If you press too hard with a towel or sponge and bend the vent, air won't be able to escape from it quite as efficiently. Additionally, the unit's reduced structural integrity will make it more vulnerable to future accidental blows.

So whenever you're in contact with your unit's vent, always remember not to apply more force than necessary. If you can take the vent off of the unit, place it on a hard and flat surface like a wooden floor to minimize the risk of bending.

Not Using A Sponge That's Large Enough

A large sponge is a better instrument for applying soapy water to an external vent than a towel is. Since a sponge can hold a lot more water than a towel can, you can cover a lot more of the vent before you have to dip it into a bucket. This will head off the temptation to press too hard with a towel in an effort to get the last drops of water stored inside it out and minimize the amount of times you have to go back to a bucket.

If you hesitate to deal with a buildup of gunk and dust on your portable air conditioner's vent until you can practically smell your air getting more and more impure, you could end up paying a lot more on your energy bill than is necessary. In general, it's better to address problems with a relatively fragile portable air conditioning unit proactively.

For more information, contact Economy Air Systems Inc. or a similar company.