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Portable room air conditioner / window air
conditioner coil fins are bent or otherwise prevent air flow.
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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:
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).
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.
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.)
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.
Put the filter
back into place.
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
Put the air
conditioner back into its original position in the house.
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.
Ed the Handyman
Your Handyman Zone Team
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