A lot of us try to find ways to save money, especially that we’re facing uncertainties due to COVID-19. Staying at home enhanced our skills in spending money on little things such as cooking our own meals instead of eating in restaurants or even keeping window curtains open for natural light.
However, did you know that another good way to save money at home is to make sure that your air conditioning unit is well-maintained? When your air conditioner is well-maintained, you save on electricity bills as the unit always works efficiently. You also get to save on replacement and repair costs as a well-maintained AC unit leads to a longer lifespan for the appliance.
Since summer is already here, we’re going to be using our air conditioners more often. Here are some tips to make sure that your trusted air conditioner remains well-maintained:
Understand How Your Air Conditioner Works
Before anything else, it’s always a good idea to understand how your air conditioning unit works. What type of air conditioner do you have? How do you take out its aircon filter? Where is the condenser located?
Learn about the different parts and components of your unit. The main ones are the refrigerant, compressor, condenser coil, expansion valve, and evaporator coil. Always check the aircon filters, coils, and fins, as they need regular cleaning. Also monitor how long it takes for the exterior to accumulate dust and dirt to help you set your aircon cleaning schedule.
This doesn’t mean that you need to know all the technical aspects of aircon repairs (although this would be a very handy skill). You just need to understand how your air conditioner works and the main parts of it, so that you can take care of it even better.
Regularly Clean the Air Conditioner Filters
One of the most important maintenance tasks to ensure that your unit is always working efficiently is to regularly clean its aircon filters and replace them when needed. When an aircon filter becomes dirty and clogged, the airflow becomes blocked. This reduces your unit’s capacity to cool the room and would make it use more electricity. When the airflow is obstructed, the air that manages to go through may carry dirt directly to other parts of the air conditioner, such as the evaporator coil, and reduce the coil’s heat-absorbing capacity. This would force your unit to use even more energy just to maintain your room’s temperature.
Bear in mind that a dirty aircon filter will lead to particles being circulated in the air. At worst, this can lead to skin irritation, asthma, eye irritation, and a wide range of breathing problems.
For central air conditioners, filters are generally located somewhere along the return duct’s length. Common aircon filter locations are in walls, ceilings, furnaces, or in the air conditioner itself. Room air conditioners have a filter mounted in the grill that faces into the room.
Check the Air Conditioner Copper Coils and Aluminum Fins
Not many people are aware of how important the air conditioner coils and fins are. The unit’s evaporator and condenser coils can collect dust and dirt over time. This leads to reduced airflow and insulates the coil. This also means that the air conditioner coils’ capacity to cool becomes reduced. Exposure to dust and the elements can also cause the coils to rust. One solution is to get a Condura unit with Durakote Protection, as this coating prevents rust and corrosion.
When condenser coils are placed outdoors, they can become very dirty, especially if there are plants or trees around. Check if the condenser coil is beginning to accumulate dirt on its fins. To reduce dirt buildup, make sure to clear out the space surrounding the condenser unit. Take out any debris, dried leaves, and even weeds that grow near it. Also, bear in mind that trees and plants should be at least 2 feet away from the condenser to allow for enough airflow.
Always Unclog the Drains
This is another component that many people don’t pay enough attention to. The drain channels, which are located at the back of the unit, are important because when clogged, internal humidity will increase. If you’ve seen an air conditioning unit that drips, then it means that the drains are clogged.
You can push a stiff brush into the end of a drain line. This usually helps remove any buildup near the end of the drain. Some people pour equal parts of bleach and water along the drain line. However, if you’re not confident, it’s always better to call for professional help.
Check the Window Seals
If you have a window type air conditioner, check the seal between the unit and the window frame. Make sure that it makes full contact with the air conditioner’s metal case. Sometimes, the seal can get damaged due to moisture. This, in turn, allows cool air to escape from your house.
Schedule Professional Cleaning Services
Though it’s good to be able to regularly maintain your unit on your own, there are things that require professional help. Scheduling for a regular check-up, full cleaning, and maintenance at least once a year will ensure that your air conditioner lasts longer. You would also save more in the long run due to less repair costs.
Make sure that you don’t wait for the middle of the summer to call for professional cleaning services. Whether you have a window type aircon or a high-wall split type, schedule regular maintenance so you can get the best out of your air conditioner. When you choose Condura and our range of top-of-the-line units, you also get excellent service with a smile. We always make sure to provide you with maximum efficiency and the best cost-effectivity.
If you need professional cleaning and maintenance services, you can book a service with Condura aircon experts. Enjoy hassle-free service bookings. Just enter all your details and a Condura professional will go to your home.
We want to help you become more comfortable as summertime has begun. We are customizing our services to suit your needs because we uphold the Filpino value of malasakit.