Importance Of Servicing & Maintaining Your Air Conditioner

Air Conditioning
Isaac Jamieson
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4 things you should know about regular air conditioning services

Your house is your place of rest, so keeping it in the best condition, clean and ready for your comfort and well-being is essential. That is why the service and maintenance of the air conditioning are so important. Remember that the air from the AC unit is distributed throughout the atmosphere, and you are constantly breathing it. I imagine you’ll most likely want to ensure that the air is as healthy as possible, which is why servicing your air conditioning periodically is a must.

At the beginning of summer and the heat, houses and businesses reactivate their air conditioning systems, and everyone rushes to get their air conditioners serviced simultaneously. To avoid trying to get your air conditioner services during the busiest time of year, the best time to make the necessary adjustments and replace obsolete equipment with more efficient ones is anytime outside of summer.

The fact is that few people are aware of what goes into professional air conditioner servicing. It’s not enough to dust it once a year. So if you truly want to get the most out of your air conditioner and avoid potentially higher repair costs, here is a list of 4 things you should know about air conditioner maintenance and servicing.

#1. The main reasons why regularly servicing your air conditioner is so important

Improve the efficiency of the air conditioner unit:

The motor is forced to work more if your AC unit is obstructed by dust or other possible environmental particles. So your Air Conditioner has to work harder to get air through it. This causes more electricity to be consumed.

Reduce energy bills:

As you can see from the previous point, if the air conditioning system is properly cleaned and serviced, your air conditioner will run more efficiently. As a result, the amount of power consumed will substantially decrease, and so the amount you pay for your electricity bill. Therefore, you will pay less if you use less energy.

Reduce the risk of health issues:

There are many polluting particles in the air, plus possible mould that can be stored in the cooling system of your unit. Therefore, if you do not carry out adequate regular cleaning and maintenance, you and your family will end up breathing it. You could even notice that it has a bad smell. This is more concerning than it appears, as it can seriously affect your respiratory system. Asthmatics must pay special attention to the quality of the air they breathe, so keep an eye on the air conditioning.

Increase the lifespan of your AC unit:

The risk of your air conditioner failing will dramatically decrease if you carry out regular service. This ensures that it operates at peak efficiency and reduces wear, allowing you to use it for many more years.

Reduce the risk of breakage:

You can anticipate incidents by cleaning your air conditioning regularly. You can also spot frayed wires, cracks, and other signs of deterioration that can be easily repaired before they become a significant issue.

Minimise your environmental impact:

You can help the environment by keeping your air conditioning system clean and reducing energy use. When you use less power, you assist the environment by lowering the amount of polluting gases released during electricity production.

#2. The frequency of servicing your Air Conditioner

Because irregular usage for three months a year is not the same as regular use, there is no set servicing frequency. Generally, having your air conditioner serviced by a professional at least once a year is recommended for the units.

If the unit contains a heat pump, the service should be done twice a year, first when the cold season begins and again when summer arrives. It is also advised that the device be serviced at least twice a year if used for commercial premises.

If your air conditioner is between 8-12 years old, we recommend servicing it twice a year. An annual service may be sufficient if your device is only a few years old.

It is like your car service: to keep your car running smoothly, you must maintain it regularly, and the same logic applies to your air conditioner.

#3. The most common problems that can be solved

Sometimes you’ll notice that your air conditioner isn’t working as it should, and you’ll assume it’s because it’s broken. However, this isn’t always the case and may be due to various factors.

Some of the issues that can be resolved by having your air conditioner serviced are:

Air conditioner smelling bad

Foul odours are produced by clogged filters, trapped water, or mould. Air conditioning filters are intended to collect dirt and dust. That filth and dust can cause a slew of other issues, including the failure of your air conditioner. It may result in deformed or missing filters.

Air conditioner not cooling

If your air conditioner is not cooling even if your thermostat is set correctly, it might be because of these two reasons:

1. You may have dirty or clogged filters or condensers.

Solution: Get your air conditioner professionally cleaned.

2. You may have a problem with your compressor or refrigerant.

Solution: Contact an air conditioner technician.

Air conditioner not heating

Clogged coils and filters are a problem that can cause a variety of issues, including no heating. When these are clogged, the compressor and other system elements might fail prematurely, causing the air conditioner to cease heating.

Air conditioner making weird noises

If you hear strange noises coming out from your air conditioner, it is quite probable that it is damaged. The most common causes are loose parts, missing or damaged isolation feet, refrigerant leakage, or a faulty compressor.

Air conditioner leaking water

If your air conditioner is leaking water, the most likely cause is a clogged condensate drain line. Water cannot escape, and the drain to the outside of your condensate drain line gets blocked. The pipe becomes clogged, allowing moisture to return inside and spill water into your house.

#4. How often should you have your Air conditioner serviced

Regular essential maintenance, like filter cleaning, can be performed by yourself regularly; however, we recommend having your air conditioner serviced by a professional at least once a year.

These services are necessary because they reach the most inaccessible sections of your air conditioner to ensure that there are no clogged drains, mouldy condensers, clogged filters, or other issues that might increase the risk of breakage and malfunctioning of your air conditioning unit.

If you want to learn how to do regular basic maintenance, you can download a PDF guide that we have put together by clicking on this button:

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Regular Air Conditioner Servicing By Sunshine Coast Professionals

Regular maintenance is essential for the proper operation of your air conditioner, and if you neglect it, your air conditioner may not work for long. You might end up with a clogged drain and filters and an inefficient system. Regular maintenance is the key to keeping your unit in order and in good working condition.

Our company is dedicated to making your life easier – if you need help with your air conditioner, Tenmen is here and ready to assist you with any issues you may be experiencing. Our experienced team is confident in their ability to service your air conditioner or resolve any issues that may have arisen. Call us on 1300 099 778.

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About Isaac Jamieson

Electrician, and refrigeration mechanic with over 12 years of experience, Isaac is the founder, director and driving force behind Tenmen Electrical.

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