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Cooling and Ventilation Systems Category:

Portable  Room Air Conditioners / Window Air Conditioners

Problem:

Portable room air conditioner / window air conditioner coil fins are bent or otherwise prevent air flow.

Tools / Materials (See Below for Applicability):

  • Screwdriver (or other fastening device as determined by the manufacturer's use of fasteners)

  • "Fin comb" tool

Solution:

 

If you accidentally bend the coil fins of your portable room air conditioner / window air conditioner or otherwise misalign the fins in any way that may prevent or at least hinder the flow of air to the coils, there may be a way of salvaging the fins, short of having to replace them.

Caution: When dealing with any device that requires electrical power, make sure you take precautions before you work on it, including disconnecting the power.

If your portable room air conditioner / window air conditioner coil fins are bent or otherwise prevent air flow, do the following:

  1. Unplug the cord of the air conditioner and place it in a cleared working area, preferably outdoors (if attached to the window, because of its heavy load, two people should carefully remove the air conditioner and set it down on the working area).

  2. Having set it in the working area, as may be applicable, using a screwdriver or other fastening device that is appropriate, unscrew/unfasten and remove the grille cover, the filter that is found underneath the grille, and any metal covering to get better access to the air conditioner coils and fins.

  3. Follow the manufacturer instructions of the "fin comb" tool in attempting to comb back the fins to their originally set positions by the manufacturer so as to permit air flow to pass through the coils.  (This "fin comb" tool should be carried by appliance stores or at least whole sale distributors of air conditioners.)

  4. If the above does not work, you may have to purchase coil fin replacements for your particular air conditioner from the manufacturer, a home improvement store, appliance store or online.

  5. Put the filter back into place.

  6. Put into place and secure with any fasteners the air conditioner grille and any other metal casing you may have taken apart from the air conditioner.

  7. Put the air conditioner back into its original position in the house.

  8. Reconnect the electrical power to the air conditioner, making sure you use the same dedicate outlet that emits the appropriate voltage for such an air conditioner.  It should work fine.

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