Living in Korea | How to Get your Air Conditioner Cleaned in Korea
Updated: Mar 27
Getting your air conditioner cleaned is both necessary and easy to schedule in Korea, but how do you do it? Your air conditioner might be making you sick and you would be surprised how much grime, bacteria and mold it is blowing straight into your face right now. Here are a few tips on what to expect and how to find someone to provide a professional service.
Many people are surprised to see just how dirty their air conditioners are after they open them up. For those with sensitive respiratory conditions, a simple cleanup can solve a lot of problems. Allergens get caught in the filter and if not cleaned regularly, it can become a source of discomfort. South Korea is notorious for bad air quality so it’s good to be mindful of how harmful toxins could be trapped in your AC.
In addition to the accumulation of all that yucky stuff, you can also improve the performance of your machine. If you’re noticing that the air flow is weak or not very cold, it could be the result of dust blockage. Please note, a cleaning may not necessarily fix your air conditioner if it’s actually broken but the technician will most likely be able to tell you what’s wrong.
For most air conditioners, a serviceman will first apply a chemical cleaner and then use a high pressure water system to rinse out the machine. To catch all the dirty water, they attach a plastic basin or a wrap to funnel it away, nice and clean. Then, they wipe everything down and clean the filters. It should take no more than an hour but it can vary depending on the size of your machine.
As a foreigner, it probably won’t be a surprise to know that most air conditioner cleaning services do not speak English. To schedule a cleaning, you’ll need some help to find someone who can service your area, communicate the type of unit you have and coordinate a time that works best for you and the service technician. During summer months, it is challenging to make appointments due to high demand, but with a little perseverance you’ll have a clean AC in no time.
To save you the hassle of asking a friend, Wonderful can help schedule this service. As a personal assistant service dedicated to helping expats and visitors in Korea, we have become quite adept at anticipating most issues and asking the right questions in advance to avoid bad surprises.
There are a few more things to know before scheduling a cleaner. While it may seem obvious, it’s important to know the make and model of your unit. Service providers sometimes specialize in only certain types of ACs. Samsung, LG, Carrier and Winia are among some popular brands, but they’ll also need to know the size of your unit and its installation: is it a stand-alone, ceiling or wall mounted unit? Sending a photo in advance can often help avoid confusion and frustration.
In general, cleaning fees can go from 50,000 krw to 80,000 krw depending on where you live and the type of unit you have. Breathing fresh air and staying cool is just a cleaning away, message Wonderful to get started.
Regarding our pricing, we charge for the time taken working on your request at 800 KRW/min (There is a 15% discount for first time users), and you can get a refund on the remaining time within 3 months. Scheduling an expert to visit your place can take anywhere from 20 minutes to an hour, based on past requests. There are NO processing fees when you pay us via bank wire transfer. (You will pay only the cost of the item(s)). When we charge your bank card, there is an 8.5% processing fee that goes to the payment processor for their services. We do NOT benefit from this fee. For more information regarding our pricing, please follow this link.
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