How To Clean An Air Conditioning Condenser

Keep things cool and save cash by cleaning your AC condenser. Here's how.


An hour or less






There's nothing worse then having your air conditioner fail in the sweltering summer. To prevent this, be sure your AC condenser is free of dust, dirt and other debris.

Tools Required

  • Cordless drill
  • Hose and spray nozzle
  • Screwdriver w/socket
  • Soft-bristle brush

Project step-by-step (5)

Step 1

Cut the Power

  • To start this project, disconnect the service at the air conditioner condenser by pulling the plug connector in the power box, or you can also flip the AC breaker switch off in your main breaker panel.

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Step 2

Remove the Screws

  • Use a cordless drill or screwdriver with a socket to remove the screws.
    • Pro tip: Have a container to put the screws in.