How to Clean AC Vents

In order to function properly, an air conditioner requires proper maintenance. At the center of all maintenance, is cleaning. 

Our houses have a lot of hidden dust floating around in the air. It is not uncommon for your air conditioner vents to become clogged with dust particles, dirt, or other substances. 

Clean AC vents, however, are essential for your air conditioner to cool your house. But what is the proper way to clean AC vents and how often should you do it? We’re sharing how to clean AC Vents and everything you need to know about the process.

The Process Of Cleaning AC Vents

Turn Off The HVAC System

This is the foremost step in the AC vent cleaning process. Cleaning AC vents requires opening up the HVAC system. Doing this without turning it off can be potentially dangerous. Make sure you have turned off the power to the HVAC system before you begin.

Gather The Necessary Tools

You will require some simple cleaning tools for cleaning the AC vents. You’ll find most of these items in your house:

  • Vacuum
  • Screwdriver
  • Cleaning brush
  • Broom
  • Soap
  • Bucket of water or sink

Remove Air Vents

If your air conditioner’s vents come off just by pulling them, you can easily remove the vents. Otherwise, you will require a screwdriver. Unscrew the AC vents off and place them carefully to the side.

Vacuum The Ducts

An important part of cleaning your AC vents is to clear the air ducts. If dust or dirt has accumulated inside the air ducts, they will prevent your HVAC from blowing out cool air. Use your vacuum’s hose to suck out dust or dirt from the air ducts. You don’t need to go too deep. Only the area near the vents should be clean.

Clear Dust Off Vents

Now that your air ducts have been cleared, you can focus on the AC vents. Use a cleaning brush to dust off any dirt that has gathered on the vents.

Protip: Dust off the AC vents in a garbage bag to prevent the dust from flying off into the air. 

Soak in Soapy Water

Dusting off the AC vents will have removed most of the dirt. But in order to ensure the vents have been properly cleaned, it is recommended to soak the AC vents in soapy water.

In a bucket or sink, mix some dish soap into warm water. Once sufficient lather has been created, soak the AC vents in the water. Let the vents soak for about 15 minutes. This will ensure any grease or residue is properly removed from the AC vents. 

Dry Vents Off

Now that the soaking has been done, you’re nearing the end of the cleaning process. Use a paper towel to dry off the AC vents. You can also let them sit outside for a while and let them air dry. 

Place Back Into HVAC System

Once properly dried, it’s time to put the AC vents back on to your air conditioner. If you pulled the vents off before, simply adjust them back on. If you screwed off the vents, use your screwdriver to screw the vents back into place. 

Turn HVAC System On

You’ve gone through the entire AC cleaning process. But now it’s time to check your HVAC system is working properly. Once the vents have been adjusted back into place, turn on your air conditioning unit and wait a while to check if it’s properly functioning. 

Schedule Your HVAC Maintenance Today!

Oftentimes, cleaning AC vents can be difficult for homeowners. If you’re having trouble doing it yourself, contact a professional for your HVAC maintenance! At Bowman Mechanical Services, we are committed to ensuring your air conditioner stays in quality condition. Call us today  919-772-2759 or fill out the form below to schedule an appointment!

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