When you activate your air con about the first hot day of the year it can be frustrating to get that your unit is incapable of cool the room, or worse, not working at all. While it’s recommended you receive a professional engineer to complete an air conditioning service with your yearly property maintenance, there’s also a few simple checks you can do in between to keep your air conditioning running smoothly.
Keep your air con unit clean
Most ac faults are caused by not enough cleanliness, but just dusting the vents regularly can produce a huge difference to the duration of your unit. Another simple action you can take to improve the hygiene of your respective air con system is to eliminate the filters, spray them down with antibacterial spray and rinse with domestic hot water. The cleaner you keep your unit, the less often you’ll need to have an ac service.
Change or clean the filter
The reason your air con system has a filter is both to shield the mechanics inside, and also keeping the air clean in your house or office. If this type of filter isn’t clean you’re making your air conditioning system work harder and fewer efficiently, meaning your energy bill will be higher plus your yearly air conditioning service will not be sufficient to keep your unit in top condition. Some air con filters must be cleaned rather than replaced and the other way around. An electrostatic filter is cleaned, while a disposable fibreglass or paper filter needs to be replaced fairly regularly; ranging from once a month and every six months, depending on the air quality locally. Check it regularly to find out how often you should be changing yours. A filter which needs changing will be clogged with dust.
Guarantee the condensing unit is not obstructed
The condensing unit may be the part of your air con system that sits outside and pulls mid-air in. If this becomes obstructed by weeds, dead leaves or even outdoor furniture you’ve stored against it, your ac may not work as along with it could do. Make cleansing the area around the unit a part of your regular property maintenance. It is also good to do this before a cloak conditioning service, to avert being charged by the engineer for time spent cleaning, and also to avoid misdiagnosis of why your unit isn’t functioning properly.
Check airflow on interior and exterior unit
Once you’ve removed any obstructions through the condensing unit, check that the airflow is powerful and consistent for both units. If the airflow is poor this may indicate that your air conditioning system has a blocked coil or even a failing fan. In most cases it will be necessary to call a professional air con engineer to investigate the problem and provide a remedy.
Switch between air conditioning modes
It’s a good idea to execute a DIY air conditioning service whether it has been a while since you’d used your air conditioning system. One quite simple thing you can do is to try switching between the cooling and heating modes. If your air conditioning is stuck on one setting, it normally suggests that there is a problem with the reversing valve. Should this happen you should call in an experienced engineer.
Repair any rust or corrosion
Check over your aircon system, particularly the outdoor unit, for virtually any signs of rust or corrosion. In the event the damage is minimal, you can usually repair it by painting about that with waterproof steel paint. In the event the rust or corrosion is more severe you should speak to a property maintenance professional. Ask your engineer to check for signs of oxidation while completing your ac service.