AC’s or air conditioners are great systems that provide coolness and comfort to your home, particularly during summer. Maximize the usefulness of your air conditioning unit by maintaining it regularly.
Generally, air conditioning manufacturers produce high quality products. However, the coils and filters need regular care to function more effectively throughout its years of service. If you fail to maintain and care for air conditioning unit, it could decline and there is a great possibility that your energy consumption will rise.
Following are steps in maintaining your AC unit:
The condenser of the unit should be in good working order. It is usually located outside the house and keeps the liquid in the unit cool through the coils. Makes sure that nothing blocks the air from getting in the condenser by removing branches, leaves and other items that could block the vents.
The compressors and fan controls of your air conditioning unit could exhaust in time, particularly if it is often turned on and off. Terminal and wire corrosions are the usual problems in most air conditioning systems, thus, it is important to have a certified technician check the connections regularly.
Clean and replace the filters regularly. Dirty and clogged filters could block the airflow and lessens the efficiency of the system. When the airflow is blocked, the air passing to the filters could carry dirt towards the evaporator and impair the coil’s heat absorbing ability. Filters are normally located in ceilings, walls, and the unit itself. Some filters can be replaced while some are reusable. Make sure to clean and replace the filters monthly, or every two months.
Before opening the AC unit, read the manual and instructions carefully. Check out the safety measures to avoid accidents such as electrocution. Remove dirt like leaves, dust, cobwebs and other elements that have entered your air conditioner. Use a brush to clean your AC, or you could also use a hose to clean it.
Evaporators and condenser coils can easily bend causing blockage of airflow. Therefore, you should maintain them regularly. AC wholesalers sell a device known as a ‘fin comb’ to comb the fins back near to its original form.
If your AC is low on refrigerants, either it could be undercharged upon installing, or it is leaking. If it leaks, a certified professional should fix the leak, test the repairs and charge the unit with the right amount of refrigerant.
Air conditioners are most effective when they are airtight. Get a professional technician to repair duct leaks and it should be sealed with duct ‘mastic’.
An air conditioning unit should also be kept cool so it will not work very hard and energy is used effectively. Put the air conditioning unit in shaded are in your home. Plant a shrub or tree to protect the AC from direct exposure to the heat of the sun without obstructing the vents. Do not frequently turn the AC unit on and off.
The steps above ensure that you get the most from your air conditioning system. You will surely enjoy the benefits of the system for many years.
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