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WORKSHOP: Arctic King / LG window unit: quick & dirty maintenance

Published on Jul 17, 2015 56,593 views

It's July 17, it's 96°F today, and the forecast is calling for almost 100°F next week. We're not interested in ridges and 200 mb jets, we want to stay cool. So air conditioner maintenance is on the schedule for today. The Arctic King unit shown here was new in July 2014 and hadn't been serviced yet. Look how dirty they get after one year! The LG unit belongs to a friend. It was in worse condition and hadn't been serviced since 2011. It was working okay, but was leaking out the front due to the condensation drain being blocked by junk (filter not cleaned often enough).

There are radiator fin cleaners you can use for this kind of job. I didn't have any of this cleaner on hand, so I went with just basic water and a little detergent (not filmed) this time around.

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In Texas Weather, Tim Vasquez (former Air Force meteorologist) breaks down the weather piece by piece. I'll give this a shot as a series and see where it goes... if you like it please like, share, and subscribe and I'll keep cranking them out.

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Comments
  • Chaka Williams
    Chaka Williams 10 месяцев назад Why is everyone not showing how to take out and properly clean and reinstall the filter.
  • jean charles augusto
    jean charles augusto 1 месяц назад This thing is incredibly powerful>>>nub.best/6zuk and I don't need more. There's no timer function or anything, basically you just turn it on and off, but that's okay. It gets cold within seconds and the room itself only takes about 5-10 minutes before you notice a serious difference. This thing was the BEST thing I spent money on all year.
  • abiola gbenga
    abiola gbenga 1 месяц назад woooooooooooow
  • VEGA
    VEGA 2 года назад Sweet! Straight forward and to the point! My turn!
  • April Rodriguez
    April Rodriguez 3 недели назад Can you tell me why my ac is making a loud noise I have yo keep trunning it off thanks for your time
  • Necrodox
    Necrodox Год назад So the LG and Arctic King have similar or identical designs?
  • Aarron E
    Aarron E Год назад I got the smaller unit Cant seem to find the drain spot.
  • Meteorology Lab / Tim Vasquez
    Meteorology Lab / Tim Vasquez Год назад From what I saw the general arrangement is very similar. On both of them you can't see the drainage hole so you just need to flush it out thoroughly.
  • thamelt
    thamelt Год назад I did everything the same way but now the unit when I plug in it and hit reset the unit powers on and shuts off and won't turn on by hitting the power button
  • The Official Nerds
    The Official Nerds 4 месяца назад Might be a short on the compressor or the thermostat was wet Remember that all the power is managed by the thermostat so if you wet it it will short and cause the plug to reset
  • Dm Griggs
    Dm Griggs Год назад Thank you it work!!
  • R O'Dell
    R O'Dell Год назад have the same model and did this yesterday. Wish i'd seen your video before - you had better ideas for clearing the junk out than I did (screwdriver and shop vac in tight places). thanks!
  • weeh Dinga
    weeh Dinga Год назад (изменено) my arctic king purchase on summer 2012, i just do what Tim does, yearly clean them out. and make sure you dont wet the control panel you can unscrew and wrap it up with plastic bag or any, .on the front and back condensers make sure its dry after cleaning (or spraying water) then spray degreaser start from top to bottom of condenser then wait 30 minutes then rinse by spraying water (only condenser nothing else using degreaser ) hope this help
  • Heidi S
    Heidi S 2 месяца назад @Meteorology Lab / Tim Vasquez pour a few tablespoons of vinegar in there every couple of months to prevent algae.
  • Meteorology Lab / Tim Vasquez
    Meteorology Lab / Tim Vasquez Год назад Thanks. I really wish there was a way to widen the water drain passage between the front and the rear of the unit. It seems these units clog at the end of each year, presumably from algae and mold, and then the unit starts flooding the window enclosure. When I've had the units open I've never seen a good way to access this drain gap. I'm starting to wonder if this is a means of forcing people into buying new units.
  • Kapsol Karkern
    Kapsol Karkern 2 года назад Nice job thanks, but can you show us both units what they look like next time
  • The Official Nerds
    The Official Nerds 4 месяца назад What for
  • Adegbolahan Odulana
    Adegbolahan Odulana 2 года назад Kapsol e
  • moshe2002
    moshe2002 2 года назад could you hear yourself????????????
  • abedabun dawn
    abedabun dawn Год назад Does this ac have a fuse? If so, where is it located?
  • Meteorology Lab / Tim Vasquez
    Meteorology Lab / Tim Vasquez Год назад I don't know if there's any fuse. There is an electrical board up in the front; it could be on that.
  • Greg B.
    Greg B. 10 месяцев назад Mine is absolutely identical to yours, except for the back (which you call "the front.") The back is completely different and cannot open that way.
  • Meteorology Lab / Tim Vasquez
    Meteorology Lab / Tim Vasquez 10 месяцев назад I really wish these things were a little more serviceable... I was surprised you can't put refrigerant in them anymore.
  • StephenJP
    StephenJP 10 месяцев назад Very easy to see, understand and to the point. Thank You Tim
  • Meteorology Lab / Tim Vasquez
    Meteorology Lab / Tim Vasquez 10 месяцев назад Thanks, appreciate it! Hope you can catch the nightly videos.
  • EvilTwinRC51
    EvilTwinRC51 Год назад Some Simple Green would have helped get the crud off.
  • Jason Crouzat
    Jason Crouzat 11 месяцев назад Take It Outside take it apart and wash it water and dish soap
  • Lorri Taylor
    Lorri Taylor 10 месяцев назад Great job
  • Shaina Nephew
    Shaina Nephew 11 месяцев назад JoJo