Tips and Tricks to Maintain Residential Air Conditioning Systems
- 29 - 09 - 2023
- By Climaterite
Residential Air Conditioning Maintenance
Regular residential air conditioning (AC) unit maintenance can extend its lifespan, enhance efficiency, and prevent costly repairs. Maintaining your air conditioner can extend its life and make it work more efficiently. During the scorching warm Melbourne summers, you want to stay cool and keep your loved ones cool as well. The last thing you want is a malfunctioning air conditioner that ditches you when you need it the most!
At Climaterite, we have over 35 years of experience in servicing, maintaining, and optimising your residential air conditioning systems to perform flawlessly during the peak Australian summers. Our team of professionals and experts are well-endowed to address any issues you face regarding the upkeep of your air conditioning system.
To help you maximise the cooling potential of your air conditioner, here are some tips and tricks to help you keep your AC system in optimal condition.
Undertake Regular Filter Cleaning
A primary prerequisite and the most effective way to maintain your residential air conditioning unit is to regularly clean or change its filters. Depending on your air conditioning system and the type of filters you use, it’s generally recommended to do this once every three months. Changing or cleaning the filters more frequently is advisable if you live in a particularly dusty and smog-prone area.
Keep the Surroundings Clean
A clean and dirt-free surrounding enhance the performance of your AC unit. Ensuring that the area around your outdoor unit is debris-free would lower the pressure on the internal parts and improve performance. The rubble around your air conditioner can restrict airflow and decrease system efficiency. Also, having at least two feet of clear space around the unit further aids the cause.
Clean the Condenser Coils
Over time, your outdoor residential air conditioner’s condenser coils can accumulate dirt and debris, reducing system efficiency. Cleaning them once a year (preferably before summer sets in) can help ensure they are at the top of their game.
Check the Evaporator Coil and Drain
An indoor air conditioner unit’s evaporator coil and drain can often become clogged, owing to weather conditions and local waggeries. Checking these regularly and cleaning them as required improves cooling efficiency.
Inspect the Fins
The condenser and evaporator have fins that can get bent or damaged, impeding airflow. Regularly inspecting and cleaning these fins can immediately provide positive results. You can also use a ‘fin comb to straighten bent fins can make them work normally.
Ensure Proper Insulation
The coolant lines that run from your air conditioning unit are critical and must always be adequately insulated. This can improve efficiency and reduce electricity consumption, thereby lowering your energy bills.
Carry Out Periodic Professional Check-ups
While you can iron out minor issues and glitches at your end, having your residential air conditioning unit serviced by professionals at regular intervals is imperative. Availing of the services of a professional repair and servicing company like Climaterite can help you identify issues you might miss while overcoming more complex maintenance challenges.
Use a Programmable Thermostat
A programmable thermostat helps you adjust the number of times you turn on the air conditioner according to a pre-set requirement. This can save energy and extend the life of your air conditioning system while enabling ease of usage. Always turn off the power to the unit before carrying out any maintenance.
Regular maintenance can keep your residential air conditioning unit working optimally, prevent breakdowns, and extend its life. So, it’s worth taking the time to carry out these tasks. To get the perfect performance from your air conditioner, consult our professional AC maintenance experts at Climaterite if you’re unsure about anything or need help with more complex maintenance tasks.