Maintaining an airconditioner is as important as purchasing and installing it to continue to enjoy the cool breeze in your home after a hot day. To prevent your AC from needing regular repairs, you need to maintain it regularly. Maintenance is not as costly as frequent repairs because AC repairs can cost a lot of money over time.
Below are essential maintenance tips you need to know to reduce airconditioner repair costs:
1. Proper Thermostat Maintenance
The thermostat is a small part of an airconditioner but it plays a critical role in making an AC function effectively. A thermostat’s primary functions include sensing and monitoring indoor air humidity. Given this, a thermostat must be maintained for effective performance.
Replace batteries at least once every year, depending on the frequency of use. Look out for a flashing battery icon warning on the front of the panel of the thermostat and replace old batteries. The system will be ineffective with worn batteries in the thermostat.
2. Outdoor Unit Maintenance
The outdoor unit is another essential component that must be properly maintained to prevent your airconditioner from frequent repairs and high cost of repairs. It removes hot air from the home’s interior to the outside of the house. The unit comprises the compressor, condenser, and a big fan. To guarantee the best performance, the component must be clean.
Keep the surrounding of the outdoor unit clean. Dirt, debris, leaves and weeds usually get attracted to the outdoor unit easily and they can disturb the smooth running of the airconditioner. Debris can hinder free and sufficient airflow, which will undoubtedly reduce the cooling capacity of the system.
Remember to switch off the circuit breaker power before you start to clean and maintain the outdoor unit. Also, do not use a pressure washer to clean the unit to avoid damaging or bending the fins of the unit. Wash and unclog the sides of the outdoor unit for improved efficiency.
3. Refrigerant Pipe Insulation Replacement
The refrigerant is usually insulated for efficiency. Over time, the insulation may have worn out, exposing the pipe to loss of cooling. As a result, you need to check the refrigerant pipe regularly for cracks or disintegration. Replace the insulation to protect the refrigerant pipe from external heat that can undermine the cooling power of the system.
Install new insulation to save you a lot of money over time. An exposed refrigerant pipe causes a loss of energy efficiency. Switch off the unit before replacing the insulation for safety. Ensure that the new insulation is of the right size in terms of length and diameter for the best results possible.
4. Evaporator Coil Maintenance
The airconditioner requires the evaporator coil to be as clean as possible to function effectively. It provides a passage for the refrigerant and it absorbs heat when blown by the air from the home’s interior. Given this, the evaporator coil must be cleaned at least once every year to prevent frequent repairs.
If you cannot clean the evaporator coil yourself, contact an expert to help you clean it. A certain cleaning chemical, a foaming spray will be used to clean it effectively. Cleaning the evaporator coil will prevent frequent repairs.
5. Air Filters Replacement
Air filters are very crucial to the performance of an airconditioner. As the air conditioner works hard to cool the home, dirt, dust, and debris can gather in the air filter which prevents them from getting inside the house. Leaving the debris in the air filter will cause the air conditioner to work harder to maintain the effective cooling of the home.
Keep in mind that dirty air filters will affect the cooling capacity of the airconditioner and destroy the unit’s components over time. Air filters should be replaced every 60 to 90 days on average. There are washable filters that you can wash and reuse and there are disposable filters as well. You only have to make sure that dust and debris are prevented from travelling down to the indoor unit as they can block airflow.
Take note of the maintenance tips discussed above to prevent frequent repairs and eventually irreversible damage to the system. Regular maintenance of the airconditioner will undoubtedly improve its efficiency, reduce energy consumption, prevent frequent damages and repairs, and help you save a lot of money. Contact Central Commercial and Residential to maintain your airconditioner today. Our engineers have excellent skillsets that will keep your system in the best working condition.