The Importance of Regular Maintenance and Servicing of Air Conditioning In Brisbane
By Neglecting your Air Conditioner’s Maintenance requirement, you will be able to notice a dramatic decrease in the Performance of your system, but you will also notice a significant increase in power consumption, causing you to have a large power bill.
Despite popular opinion Air Conditioning units do require more maintenance then just cleaning of the filters. Please read below for a breakdown of all parts of your unit that require regular maintenance and the potential consequences for not servicing your System.
The number 1 maintenance task required is replacing or cleaning your air-conditioners filters. By having dirty filters, especially where a filter becomes blocked or clogged this can severely impact the system. Dirty filters blocks the standard air flow causing your unit to work harder than its supposed to, this is also where you can see an increase in power consumption. By replacing or cleaning these filters, your power consumption can reduce from 5-25%.
Now your question do I clean or replace my filters?
This question does depend on which unit you have as filters are available in a mixture of types which all have different efficiencies. Some types of filters can be reusable therefor can be cleaned regularly. However other filters are disposable so will need to be replaced.
How often should I Clean my Filters?
Here at Aussie Airconditioning we recommend cleaning filter’s every 6 weeks during peak cooling seasons, and then 3 monthly during the remainder of the year, however this all does depend on your needs and your home. For example, if you have pets or run your air con constantly we recommend cleaning these more frequently. If you barely use the system and the unit is in a clean environment you may not need to clean them as often.
The condensation drains on your air conditioner can become clogged, if you air conditioner is blocked or clogged the unit will stop reducing the Humidity, and in our Brisbane weather reducing humidity is a key factor when we shop for suitable air conditioners for our home. Drains that aren’t functioning efficiently can cause some severe damage you your walls and carpets.
How can my Drain become blocked?
There are many different reasons as to why your aircon drains become blocked this include but are not limited to: Ants, Wasps, Large Bugs, quality of the air con and drains, age of the system, and unsatisfactory installation.
What should you do if your drain is clogged?
If you see that your drains are blocked, or even notice water dripping from your indoor head unit, please seek professional help as trying to fix this issue yourself could cause more damage. Here at Aussie Airconditioning we can help you clear out your drains and get your system up and running to the highest standard again.
Both your Air Conditioners Evaporator and Condenser Coils can collect dust and debris, this can cause your Air Conditioner to reduce not only the amount of airflow but also the standard and this Is where you could get stale smelling air blowing into the house. Another big point is damaged, or dirty coils can reduce your Units ability to absorb heat, this means your home/ room will take longer to cool to desired temperature and will use significantly more power.
What do I do?
Here at Aussie Air Conditioning we recommend looking over your coils to ensure the condition is satisfactory at least once per year. However, if your outdoor unit Is placed in a dusty area, a garden or in any position where your mower may flick debris towards the unit we recommend checking your coils every 6 months.
How do I fix a dirty/ damaged coil?
Aussie Airconditioning Specialist suggest you seek professional advice/ services to fix your coils, trying to fix these coils your self can cause further damage to your unit.
Yearly Maintenance Check and Service
Our Aussie Airconditioning Specialists recommend a full service yearly, we recommend booking this in during the winter season to prepare for the peak cooling season. Your yearly service should be done by a seasoned professional. Your yearly service should include:
A Complete Strip Down and removal of casing indoor unit, including removal of drip tray where possible.
Clean and or/ replace filters
Coil Clean the Indoor Evaporator
Clean and flush water drip tray
Check outdoor unit for any Debris that could block the condenser
Check Refrigerant Levels
Anti Mould Removal and Clean indoor parts
Anti-Bacteria and Mould Spray