A Step By Step Guide On How To Clean Your Air Vents For Your Air Conditioner

Posted on: 2 September 2015

Cleaning out the vents to your air conditioner can help keep the system running at maximum efficiency. The vents should be cleaned out once or twice a year to remove the buildup of dirt and grime that can get sucked into your system. Over time, dirt and dust particles get sucked into the vents and can eventually make their way down into the system itself, which can cause the motor to seize if the buildup is not dealt with. Here is a step by step guide on how to clean your air vents for your air conditioner.

To complete this task, you will need the following items:

A screwdriver

A bowl to hold all the screws

A broom handle

A feather duster


1 - Start by going around to all the vents inside the house and removing the covers using the screwdriver. There should be either two or four screws holding the metal cover in place that need to be unscrewed.

2 - Once the screws are out, put them into the bowl to ensure that they do not get lost, as you will need to put them back on to complete the job.

3 - With the covers removed, take the feather duster and tape it to the top of the broom handle to make it extend the length of your air ducts. Make sure that the feather duster is secure and will not come loose.

4 - Put the broom handle with the feather duster attached down the air vent and make sure it clears all the dirt and dust off each side of the vent. When you are finished, pull the feather duster out and clear any remaining dirt or dust that is stuck on it.

5 - Repeat step four on all remaining air ducts until they are all cleaned.

6 - Put the metal air duct covers back into place and screw them into place with the screwdriver to complete the task. Turn on the unit and make sure that the air conditioner cools the house to the correct temperature to test the system.

Cleaning out the vents will keep your air conditioner running in tip top shape. If you notice that there is an issue with the performance of your air conditioning unit, then call the help of a repair technician, like those at Ice Age Mechanical, who can take a look at all the electrical elements of the unit and fix them without causing any damage to the unit.