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Dirty old air-conditioner

elly1
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Dirty old air-conditioner

Any suggestions on what I can do to clean up this old air-conditioner? It's about 18 years old, works fine. Due to budget I don't really want to replace until it dies. Ive tried cleaning it but it's like smoke stained.  Can I spray it with a paint designed for plastic, like Rust Oleum?  I'll be repainting the wall in the near future 

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Isobel
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Re: Dirty old air-conditioner

I don't see any way of painting it unless you can get the cover off @elly1. Otherwise you are going to be damaging the air con's internal mechanisms by painting them... 

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Mathy
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Re: Dirty old air-conditioner

Hi @elly1 - it looks like the head unit of a split system? Have you looked to see how much dismantling you can do? See if you can remove the grill (??) at the front? It’s certainly possible to spray it, but you’d need to do surface prep, and as @Isobel suggests, we don’t want paint going into the unit, cheers Deb

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elly1
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Re: Dirty old air-conditioner

Finally did it! So easy and looks like new. 

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Jason
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Re: Dirty old air-conditioner

Great job @elly1. Many thanks for sharing. 

 

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Isobel
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Re: Dirty old air-conditioner

Well done @elly1. How did you do it? 

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TedBear
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Re: Dirty old air-conditioner

@elly1 

That does look good.  You said it was so easy....  but, for the sake of those following the thread ... how did you end up doing it please?

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DaveLee
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Re: Dirty old air-conditioner

Hi Elly

I think I would just try wiping it with a cloth dampened in a Sugar Soap solution. Sugar soap is available at supermarkets and hardware shops and is usually used to clean walls prior to painting, so you'll probably need to get some for when you paint the walls in the near future. I usually turn off electrical things if I am going to use a damp cloth on them, just to be on the safe side. 

If you are feeling adventurous you could see if the air filter inside is easily accessible with a screw driver. I understand that cleaning the filters enhances the efficiency of the air conditioner. Maybe you could just ask at an electrician's workplace, without actually paying them to do it, or see if there's a manual that came with the unit. Otherwise you can search for it on line, like " manual for Westinghouse model *** " or whatever it is.

Best of luck,

Dave

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