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Getting years and years out of your Window Air Cond.Unit.

The filter in the front if your unit is the life of the unit.You should check no less than once a week.Clean it under low warm running water w/soft towel.Then w/soft dry towel wipe dry gently- so not to tear the filter.If it doesn't look dirty,it still is a little,you can just wipe it down then,Before you put filter back(of course make sure unit is (OFF)Then do this: You can use a multi~surface cleaner like 409,spray a clean towel sprayed w/cleaner until it is very damp,then you're going to clean the coils Carefully;Slowly & gently follow the pattern of the coils(aluminum panel in the front same size as your filter)There should be some black on your towel & a noticeable difference in the shine of the coil panel.Once you're done w/entire panel,rinse towel clean while still damp.respray w/cleaner then to the left & one to the right you'll see what looks like copper tubes.One longw/ horseshoe shaped others running sideways ontop of the big one.Get in there &wipe all of it,top,bottom sides,as far back as uou can ''EASILY"reach,then do the same on other side.Also,In the winter cover the outside of the unit from the weather.In the summer (again unit OFF) you can spray w/a water hose the outtermost section of unit,removing leaves,debris,etc.Do checkups of unit in front (inside, part you move to control which way to blow air)for mold.Use quetips to clean around area.If you do this on a regular basis not only will your window unit stay clean and look much nicer but the unit will last years after its average est.time to replace.

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i want to know best way to clean the humidifier and how often?


It all depends on a couple of factors.

First is the type of humidifier your using. Portable or whole house connected to the furnace. Steam, ultrasonic or filter. Your unit's instructions is the best guide as to how often you need to clean it and this can vary from every day to once a heating season.

My recommendation is to watch and clean the unit as soon as you see scale forming. Then in the future, reduce this to just before you see scale forming.

The second is the type of water you are using. Hard tap water is the worst and usually will require every day for small portable steam or ultrasonic units to once a week for filter models. For central whole house humidifiers, once a month (perhaps as little as every two weeks if your water is really hard, >10 grains hardness). There is no fixed formula for this, the idea is to perform on-going, preventive maintenance.

Soft or conditioned water will contain the same amount of minerals as hard, but the softener has replaced the calcium minerals with sodium minerals. (Sodium bicarbonate actually).The result is the humidifier will still form scale but it much easier to remove. With soft water scale, you can just break up the scale with your fingers and the filters can just be submerged in clean water and the salt scale will re-dissolve.

Third, with distilled water, you may only need to clean any of these units annually. (No minerals to for scale).

With any filter humidifier, consider using a commercial bactericide to prevent the growth of bacteria when the water sits for long periods (>14 days). Not so critical with soft water as the salt will retard the growth of bacteria, but very important with hard or distilled water. Don't use this product in ultrasonic or steam humidifiers as it will be carried into the air along with the water vapor, and can be considered as toxic.

With hard water, use a 50/50 solution of white vinegar and water to dissolve the scale buildup. This works best if done on a regular basis. If left go too long, it become impossible to clean properly. You need only use regular water when using soft or distilled water in your humidifier.

Dec 25, 2015 | Kenmore Cool-Mist Ultrasonic Humidifier...

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The filter is getting ice on it when I turn it on.


If you haven't already, clean the filter after it has thawed. In addition, the coils behind the filter may need cleaning.

Turn the unit OFF & Unplug it. Remove the filter and the upper half of the front of the cabinet. Clean the cools with warm water and dish washing liquid. Rinse with a damp sponge, dry the coils and apply a light coating of WD40. Reassemble the cabinet, plug the unit in, turn it back ON and take it for a test drive. Be sure to clean the filter at least once every 2 weeks.

Jul 19, 2011 | Whirlpool AD50USS Dehumidifier

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Our Kenmore 50pt dehumidifer is less than 2 years old, only used for 1 summer, tried to use it last week, it starts/runs but does not withdraw any water, please help. Thanks kindly


There are 5 basic, yet solvable reason for what you described. Please pay particular attention to numbers 1 & 2.

1. The humidity extraction level is set to HIGH. Lower it to 32-35%. If you unit is manual control,
turn the control knob to Maximum.

2. Air intake filter is dirty or clogged. Turn unit OFF, & Unplug the
Unit, before removing to inspect & clean it, if necessary. If washed,
allow filter to completely dry before reinstalling. DO NOT operate
the unit without the filter. Filter should be cleaned once every 2 weeks.

3. Obstructed air flow. Maintain a minimum of 12 to 18" of clear air
space around the entire unit.

4. Cooling coils are dirty and need to be cleaned. Use warm water & dish washing liquid to
clean the coils. Rinse and wipe dry. Apply a light coating of WD40 to the coils.

5. Ambient air temperature at floor level is between 40 - 60 degrees.
dehumidifiers do not work well between those temperatures
(Unless, you have a Low Temp Unit). This applies mainly to
where the air temperature at floor level is colder than at shoulder
level
in basement applications. Raising the unit up off the floor,
onto a sturdy table, counter top, etc, that can handle the weight
of the unit, plus a full tank of water, will usually resolve this
problem.

If none of the above solves the problem, it may be a case of the compressor needs to be recharged with refrigerant gas or that the humidity condenser sensor has failed. These things usually occur in units that are 5 years old or older. It's rare in a unit younger than that. But, it can happen.

I hope this helped you to troubleshoot and solve the problem. Please let me know. Thanks.

Jun 29, 2011 | Humidifiers

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how to replace or clean the filters also im trying to find a manual for this humidifier.


To remove and clean the filter: Turn the unit OFF & unplug it. Remove the water bucket and set it aside. Just under the front of the dehumidifier where you removed the bucket you will see a plastic handle. Pull down on it gently and filter will come out. Wash it with warm water and dry thoroughly, before reinstalling it in the dehumidifier. It is recommended that you clean the filter a minimum of once every 2 weeks.

As far as an Owners Manual is concerned. The following link will take you to it and you can download and print it for future reference.

http://shopping.netsuite.com/s.nl/c.618686/sc.10/category.44/.f

Hope this helped you. Please be kind enough to let me know. Thanks.

May 18, 2011 | Midea MDC-45AE Dehumidifier

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How to descale Philips HD 4651/C Electric Water Kettle


Not having received any solution message from FIXYA contributors, I consulted with a family member
and also my long held Time-Life Books, Fix It Yourself Library, Volume: Cleaning & Stain Removal,
ISBN: 0-8094-7400-X, Copyright 1990. My issue was resolved by using white vinegar and soaking the internal problem area for 30 minutes. The appliance has cleaned up like new and works fantastic. I apologize for bothering you.

Nov 27, 2008 | Philips HD4651 Electric Kettle

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