How do I clean the outside of an air conditioner from weeds?

by Knv22133123
  12 answers
  • Karen Brunck Karen Brunck on Aug 16, 2018

    Have you had the a.c. unit serviced by a technician? It saves you a bunch of trouble. If you want to do it yourself, first you will need to disconnect the power, then unscrew all covers to take the cover grill out. Give it a good scrubbing with hot soapy water and a stiff brush. The interior coils should be carefully blown out with air, a yard blower or a compressor will do. While the cover grill is drying, get to work clearing the weeds and vines away. Add some weed barrier and rocks or pavers around the unit to help keep it clean in the future. Replace the covers. Plug it in.

  • Ebbjdl Ebbjdl on Aug 16, 2018

    Knv Hi, Sarurate the area with water from the hose. Let it sit overnight. Next wear some garden gloves, it might be more than ivy. Find a root, and put your hand on the very bottom of the vine, and pull slowly, you should get the root and all. When the area is cleaned, put your pavers standing up, closer together, but don't block the compressor. You could paint the pavers, or paint them different colors. Good Luck!

  • Janice Janice on Aug 17, 2018

    Spray the weeds well with pure vinegar and wait a couple of days. They will die and you can easily pull them or rake them away. Then place landscape fabric or garbage bags down in the area and cover with small rocks or pebbles or gravel or pavers so they weeds can't grow back up into the a/c.

  • Arline Zatz Arline Zatz on Aug 17, 2018

    Good answers already. I always wear kitchen gloves or the cheap dollar store plastic gloves when working in the garden - particularly around ground ivy like you have. I'm highly allergic to this particular ground cover. Simply unscrew the outer part surrounding the condition motor and pull out any plants that are attached. Then pull out all the ground cover around the conditioner (or do the pulling in reverse order). After, but a couple of bags of big good-looking rocks at your garden store or Lowes/Home Depot and put a good wide layer around the air conditioner. If any weeds grow in the area, they're the easy kind to pull out - but the ground ivy is a runner and you should get rid of all of it. Hope this helps. Arline

  • Joy30150932 Joy30150932 on Aug 20, 2018

    I would do what Janice recommends.

  • Deb K Deb K on Mar 11, 2023

    Hello, hope this helps you out. Afterwards you may want to add some weed barrier and rock here to prevent the weed growth

  • Jackjw Jackjw on Jun 12, 2023

    Cleaning the outside of your air conditioner from weeds can be a bit tricky. One approach is to carefully remove any visible weeds or grass around the unit using gloves and a hand tool. Be cautious not to damage any delicate parts. To prevent future growth, you can consider laying down a layer of gravel or mulch around the AC unit. Also, if you need any maintenance or professional assistance, you can check out for reliable services. They have experts who can help you with any air conditioner-related issues.

  • Mogie Mogie on Jun 12, 2023

    Mix up a gallon of vinegar, a cup of salt and a tablespoon of dawn and put into a pump sprayer. spray that solution on the weeds on a sunny morning. Just be careful not to get that on anything you don't want to get rid of.

  • Emily Harris Emily Harris on May 22, 2024

    Great info, thanks!

  • Omaifi Omaifi on May 22, 2024

    Thanks for sharing this info! Cleaning the outside of an air conditioner from weeds can be tricky but so important for maintaining efficiency. I usually start by carefully pulling out any visible weeds around the unit. Then, I use a soft brush or cloth to clean off any debris stuck to the exterior gently. For tougher spots, a garden hose with a gentle spray can help rinse off the dirt without damaging the unit. If you're not comfortable doing this yourself or need professional help, I highly recommend AC repair in Sacramento from Alpha Mechanicals. They've done a great job with my AC maintenance and can ensure everything is in top condition.

  • Kathy Gunter Law Kathy Gunter Law on May 22, 2024

    Pull, cut grass while blowing away from unit. Blow out from the inside of the cover.

  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on May 22, 2024

    Wet the ground in the evening and in the morning put gloves on and pull the weeds and ivy. The after weds and ivy are out, pour boiling water on the roots to kill the growth. Check the unit periodically to make sure there is no growth. If you are not comfortable, call in a pro.