Maintenance is the key for the air conditioner (AC) to give its best performance. If you neglect it, one day, you are going to end up with an air-con blowing hot air. And once it happens, repair service will cost you more money than if you did a regular inspection. The possibility for the parts to suffer from irreparable damage will also increase. AC that is supposed to last at least three to four years can stop functioning earlier than its average life expectancy. Therefore, it is vital for you to know how to treat your AC correctly if you want to save money and energy.
Besides, not all inspection and maintenance require professionals. There are things that you can do on your own. And now, we are going to discuss both.
Cleaning the Air Filter
You do not need an air-con service to clean the air filter. It is the part of an AC where the air is made cleaner and more breathable. Dust and debris from the air get stuck there before the air is released inside the house.
Residential ACs have three parts: the condenser, compressor, and evaporator. Condenser and compressor are contained in the air handler, the box that we place outside of the house. Their function is to trap heat and release it to the air in the outside. Dust and debris accumulate in there too, but we will discuss it later. In this section, we are talking about the air filters in the evaporator, the AC part that is inside of the house.
Dirty air filters will reduce the air quality the AC produces. It also decreases the lifetime of the coils and fins, as dust increases the friction between the gears and moving parts. Disassembling those parts is supposed to be easy. And you can clean the filters by either a vacuum cleaner or brush. The first tool offers a much cleaner result, while the second can be messy as the brushed dust puffs might get everywhere in the room.
Cleaning the Air Handler
When cleaning the air handler, you have to be careful. Make sure that it has been off for a while because it gets hotter as it works. The electricity should not be connected too. There is a big fan inside the air handler, and it can be dangerous if the air-con cable is still plugged into a power source. Someone or something might accidentally turn the AC and make the fan rotate.
There is also another filter in the air handler, and it can get dirty quickly because its place is on the outside. But you do not need to clean that filter as frequently as the filter on the evaporator. Once in a year is enough.
Hiring a Professional Service
Regular cleaning of the AC parts is not enough. You still need to get it inspected by the expert. Once in every three years is alright. The components in the compressor, condenser, and evaporator degrade over time. The symptoms might be subtle, but once you feel like your AC is no longer delivering fresh and cool air to your house as it normally does, it might be the time for you to give AC unit repair services some calls.
Do not attempt to install a replacement unit by yourself. Improper installation can damage the AC even worse than before. So save you time by just calling the professionals.…