We would like to share with you how to clean an air conditioner filter in Japan. There are several types of air conditioners used in Japan, but we will focus on the two most common types; the air conditioning unit, and central air conditioner.
Cleaning a Unit Air Conditioner
Cleaning the air conditioner is considered the tenant’s responsibility, but it is in the renters interest to do so because cleaning helps to reduce power consumption (cheaper power bill) and prevents the growth of unpleasant smells from the air conditioner. Especially if you have small children in your house, we recommend you to clean them once a month. The manufacturer recommends every two weeks!
To clean a unit air conditioner, you will need:
- Air conditioner cleaning product (product options (Amazon) (Suggested Product (Amazon)
- Unnecessary papers (i.e. news papers)
Here are the steps to follow to clean your unit air conditioner.
- Open the panel.
- Take out the filter (s). Be careful because the parts can be fragile.
- Take the filters to the bathroom or outside of your house and spray the filter from about 20cm away with either water or cleaning product. If using a product, bubbles will spray out onto the filter. When the bubbles disappear, rinse the filter in water.
- Wipe the filter dry with the towels.
- Put the filters outside in the shade to dry, on the “unnecessary papers.” ※Do not use a hair dryer, as the filter shape will warp in the heat.
- Return the clean and dry filters to the device, and you are done!
Cleaning a Central Air Conditioner
Next, if your house have a central heating system, please watch the s quick video tutorial by our President, Bryce Conlan: How to Clean Your Central Air Conditioning Unit.
Cleaning drawings used from Panasonic air conditioner manual.