Air conditioners offer us comfortable and luxurious living, however, just like any other appliance or equipment, its efficiency and life span depends upon the care and maintenance that you give it. There are many air conditioner problems which need to be addressed in time, to keep its smooth functioning. And, A/C maintenance is an easy task to perform, and also an important one. It will not only increase the working life of the A/C but will also keep electricity bills down.
Before, doing any air conditioner maintenance steps, always read the instruction manual carefully. The product manual contains necessary maintenance information provided by the manufacturer, which will enable you to understand the important parts and components of the air conditioner. After you are well informed about all the components, maintenance is the next step.
Air Filter and Thermostat
Always replace the air filter as per the recommendation by the manufacturer in the product manual. The frequency of filter replacement depends upon the kind of filter used. The cheaper types needs frequent replacements. There are some filters which are supposed to be cleaned once a month or once in a quarter. Keep the thermostat's level at a regular temperature, even if you are at home or not. In this way, the air conditioner has to work less to provide cooling. There is a common misconception among some people that the thermostat's temperature should be increased when leaving the house. If this is done, the A/C will have to consume more power to cool the room.
Cooling Coils and Air Vents
You have to be sure that the cooling coils cleaned and checked once in a year by qualified people.
Keep the compressor component away from dust and dirt. You may use a water hose to get rid of the dust and dirt. This will enable the airflow to work more expeditiously across the cooling fins on the component. When the A/C is not needed, as in winter, cover the compressor with a cloth to prevent dust from accumulating in it.
Window aircons are ideally positioned in windows which are least exposed to direct sunlight. Those which are placed in a shade need less power to function effectively. You may use plants or shrubs to shade the A/C, but ensure that they do not block the airflow. Window ACs should be removed when they are not needed for months. Check for loose air conditioner panels; screw them in tightly.
Along with all these air conditioner maintenance tips, you should also get the air conditioner checked and examined by a professional technician from time to time. Maintaining it well will simply result in less repair costs and reasonable electricity bills.
Neglecting necessary maintenance of your A/C is one sure way to a steady decline in air conditioning performance, and a steady increase in energy use. Inadequate maintenance will lead to component break down and malfunctioning. The life of your A/C unit depends solely on your diligence and industry.
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