Air conditioning units are essential to keep you cool through those hot, humid summers and warm during bitterly cold winter nights. They’re affordable and extremely efficient when it comes to energy usage, as long as they’re kept clean. You can choose from a wide range of sizes and styles to suit your lifestyle and the layout of your home or office.

To minimize energy usage and reduce utility costs, you should clean your AC filters every 6-8 weeks during peak usage. A professional maintenance service is recommended to be done annually in typical residential environments. The energy usage of your AC system can increase to up to 30% if you leave the evaporator and condenser coils dirty and clogged up. If your unit is still under warranty, it is essential to maintain your annual maintenance records to uphold the warranty of your system.

Steps to Clean Your Split System AC filters

  • Turn your system off and isolate the system from power by turning off the isolation switch or circuit breaker.
  • Open the front cover of the unit by placing your hands at either side of the unit and gently pulling the cover forwards.
  • Lift and slide out the two filters inside the indoor unit.
  • Take the filters outside and use a hose to wash away the debris from the filters. Always hose the filters from the rear side in order to not push the debris further into the filters. Allow the filters to dry.
  • Slide the dry filters back into the indoor unit and gently push the cover back down.

 Steps to Clean Your Ducted System AC filters

  • Turn your system off and isolate the system from power by turning off the isolation switch or circuit breaker.
  • Locate the return air grille/s of your system in the ceiling of your home.
  • Using a step ladder for access, unscrew the grub screw on the hinged return air grille/s
  • Lower the hinged part of the grille and slide out the return air filter.
  • Take the filters outside and use a hose to wash away the debris from the filters. Always hose the filters from the rear side in order to not push the debris further into the filters. Allow the filters to dry.
  • Slide the filter/s back into the grille/s, swing the grilles back up and re-secure the grub screw/s.

Get Experts in to Service Your AC Unit

If you’ve cleaned your air conditioning system filters and you still feel it’s not working to its full capacity, it could mean it’s time to get professional aircon specialists in to do a service. We recommend a general maintenance service be carried out annually in typical residential environments. Other symptoms you may notice that could point to it needing a check-up are; water leaks, sudden shut offs, diminished air flow, inaccurate temperature and strange noises or smells.