Cleaning a Heat Exchanger

by Charlotte Wood
(last updated November 16, 2015)

If you have a heat exchanger, the day will definitely come when you need to clean your heat exchanger to maximize the efficiency of the heat exchanger. While there are a handful of different types of heat exchangers, there are some basic guidelines you can follow to proceed with cleaning your heat exchanger; by following the basics, you can then proceed to apply more specific techniques to your specific type of heat exchanger.

Heat exchangers are appliance parts that are found in common electronics like air conditioners, refrigerators, and space heaters. Because heat exchangers involve filtering air, your heat exchanger will probably need cleaning now and again. Cleaning the heat exchanger is pretty straightforward and you just need to know a few techniques and pointers.

You first need to detach the appliance from the electrical outlet. This may seem like an obvious preliminary step, but it can be an easy one to look over and unplugging the appliance is definitely something you don't want to forget for yours and others' safety. Once you do that, situate the appliance so you can access the heat exchanger in the easiest way. You'll need a couple of rags (one or two of which need to be damp) and some cleaning spray. Carefully go through the heat exchanger, wiping down all the parts with the wet rags and the cleaner and then wiping them dry.

Some heat exchangers may need to be handled in a more professional way, and so in those cases you might want to handle it by calling professionals to clean your heat exchanger. If you're not exactly sure where the heat exchanger is in your appliance, look at the owner's manual, and if you're still not sure, you might want to just call a professional to handle the situation; you don't want to make a mistake when dealing with your appliance.

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