If you want to maintain your air conditioning system, regular maintenance is key. Better still, partner with specialists who have created a service schedule for you. This way, unless there’s an issue, you can ‘set and forget’ it (to an extent).
Most air conditioning experts check the following tasks during a service:
- Refrigerant is at the correct level.
- No refrigerant leaks.
- Airflow through the evaporator coil.
- Seal duct leakage in central systems.
- Appropriate electric control sequence.
- Clean and tighten connections.
- Oil motors and inspect belts for wear.
- Thermostat accuracy.
Every company has their own process, but the service should check for common air conditioner problems.
We’ll start with these five tasks that, if left untreated, can lead to air conditioner issues.
The most important part of air conditioning maintenance is to clean and replace filters. If the filters are clogged, it can block airflow and minimise the system’s efficiency. Simply replacing an old filter can improve your system’s efficiency by up to 15%.
After a long summer, the air conditioner’s evaporator coil collects dirt and requires checking. If the filters are clean, it prevents this coil from soiling fast, but dirt will still build up. If the coil is outdoors, it might need more attention.
Blocked drain channels stop a unit from reducing humidity, which can lead to excess moisture in the room. This can discolour walls and carpets, so it’s best to get it checked immediately. The way a system is mounted is important, as this can affect how it drains.
Thermostat sensors are found behind the control panel and monitor the temperature of air coming into the coil. If the sensor isn’t sitting correctly, it could cause issues to the cycle or temperature.
If your system is low on refrigerant, it might affect its performance. A professional will make sure the level mirrors the manufacturer’s recommendation. Refrigerant leaks can be dangerous, but they can be prevented by investing in regular maintenance.
With your air conditioner system accounting for up to 40% of an Adelaide home’s electrical costs, it’s essential to make sure the system is running correctly.
If you want to know more about common air conditioning issues and how to avoid them, give us a call. We’ll arrange a technician to check your system and make sure it’s working well.