Regular aircon maintenance pays off in several ways. It keeps the unit running efficiently whilst reducing the risk of costly repairs and it will save you money on energy bills. If an aircon is struggling, this means it will work harder to cool the room. A dirty aircon may also not filter the air as efficiently, opening you up to more dust and contaminants. Let’s take a look at some simple DIY air conditioning maintenance tips.
Clean and Replace Air Conditioning Filters
Cleaning and replacing air conditioning filters is an important task. Make sure you do it regularly to keep your AC running effectively. If your aircon has a reusable filter, remove the filter and house out to keep it free from debris. If not, schedule a date to replace your filter. If you live in an urban area, you may need to clean the filter more regularly. Once a month in the summer should suffice and every two months in the winter.
Check the Thermostat
The thermostat is what keeps the perfect temperature in your home. If you have an old outdated one, consider upgrading to a MyAir system. This allows you to set the ideal temperature in each room of your home, even before you get there. Check it over while doing your AC maintenance to ensure it’s still working.
Examine the Condenser Fan
The condenser fan is vital to the functioning of your aircon. Turn off the power to your unit and check the fan blades for any cracks. If you spot any damage, call your local air con specialist immediately.
Clean the Outdoor Unit
Part of your air conditioning unit is exposed to the outdoor elements. This means it can easily accumulate dirt, debris, dead insects and even invading tree branches. If not cleaned away regularly, these items can affect your ACs capacity to work at optimal capacity. To clean, shut down the power to the AC and hose it down with a soft stream of water to remove dust and debris.
When to Invest in Professional AC Maintenance
While keeping on top of your air conditioning maintenance yourself will be hugely beneficial. If your aircon starts to behave strangely it’s time to call in the professionals. Unusual AC behavior to look out for includes; weak airflow, strange noises or smells, water leaks, sudden increase in energy bills, fluctuating temperature or sudden shut-offs. Temper Troops are always just a phone call away for aircon maintenance and repairs.