Tips for Maintaining Your Air Conditioning Unit

Air Conditioning Unit

Air Conditioning Unit

Air conditioning units are essential in some parts of the country, particularly throughout the summer. Designed to keep you cool whatever the weather outside, and to dehumidify your home, air conditioning units are now a staple appliance in many family homes.

Air conditioning units are expensive but you do expect them to last for years, so proper maintenance is essential to ensure that your system lasts for as long as you need it to. Follow the tips from Andrews Air Conditioning below for advice on maintaining your air conditioning unit.

Clean the Coils

Your air conditioning unit will have two coils – an evaporator coil and a condenser coil. Both coils collect dirt and debris and again, this can cause your unit to run less efficiently. The evaporator coil is located inside the unit and although regularly changing your filters will go some way in preventing dirt build-up on the evaporator coil, dirt and dust will still build up. Dirt build-up will prevent the coil from absorbing heat, reducing the efficiency of the unit. Clean the evaporator coil once a year or speak to the manufacturers of the unit to ask them to come in and clean the unit, inside and out.

The condenser coil can usually be found outside the unit or outside of the home. Dirt build-up on the condenser coil can include fallen leaves and plant debris. Clean it as often as you need to and clear the area around the coil so that it is free of any debris. Another tip is to ensure that the coil is positioned away from trees and plants to avoid fallen leaves or plant debris.

Check Your Filters

Regularly checking your filters and cleaning them or replacing them as and when required is probably one of the most important ways to maintain your air conditioning unit. Filters that are dirty or clogged with dust and dirt will not work as efficiently as clean filters. Dirty filters can cause problems with air flow within the machine, meaning that the unit has to work harder in order to cool the room. Regularly replacing or cleaning the filters every month or when needed can reduce the A/Cs energy consumption by up to 15% – so this will save you money on your energy bills, too!

Check the type of filter in your unit – some are replaceable, some are reusable and some are disposable. Replace and clean your filter once a month and look at replacing or cleaning your filters every two weeks throughout the summer, or if you’re using your air conditioning unit more frequently than normal.

Maintaining your air conditioning unit will go some way in preventing the system from breaking down. Regularly check and clean your filters and coils in order to keep the system running smoothly and you’ll not only save money on your energy bills, but you’ll also save money on call-out fees as problems can be spotted with the air conditioning unit before the system breaks down.

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