Air Conditioner Maintenance Tips

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Summer can be unpredictable, and you would ideally not want to be without a minute of cooling. The last thing anyone would want is their air conditioner breaking down in the scorching summer heat. You may also want to avoid the costs associated with repairing and replacement of parts.

Here are some tips on how you can keep your air conditioner running in top condition and save costs in the long run

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Servicing the AC unit right before summers can help you avoid the discomfort that comes with it suddenly breaking down in blistering heat. Professional technicians such as Sun City Air Conditioning can do a complete check-up and clean-up of your unit.

With routine checks and services, your air conditioner will be working smoothly and efficiently. You may only need to contact a professional when needed. That may be rare as your routine servicing will take care of both the internal and external components of the air conditioner.

Indoor Maintenance

Make sure your filters are clean. They affect your home’s indoor air quality by keeping dirt and grime away from the airflow. The filters may need to be washed or replaced depending on how much filth is on them. Clean filters make sure airflow is uninterrupted and healthy to breathe. This way, your air conditioner will work efficiently and reduce costs.

Clear the drain where your air conditioner expels condensation and water. It can be a place where mould and bacteria thrive and eventually clog your system. It can also get blocked by dirt and debris. Make sure to clean and drain the pipe occasionally.

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Outdoor Maintenance

The fan outside your home can get easily clogged with dirt, which may also affect the coils. The fan and condenser coils can be expensive to replace and may eventually affect the compressor. Make sure your fan is away from foliage and trees.

Grass, rocks, leaves, or other build-ups will reduce system capacity and affect airflow. Trim any plants near your unit. If you live in a very dusty environment, you may have to get it cleaned occasionally by a professional. When getting your unit installed, make sure it is in an ideal environment away from obstructions.

Looking Out

Look out for unusual noises, smells, and leaks from your air conditioner.

  • Smells such as rotten eggs, chemicals, dyes, smoke, burned wiring can all point to a potentially more significant issue.
  • Leaks from your unit or freezing of pipes can be a sign of major damage.
  • Loud noises or whirring sounds from your fan that were not there before can point to debris or blockage. If you often hear noises, it can also be due to a wiring issue that may later affect your home appliances.

Do not wait for your system to break down and call a technician right away to perform a complete check-up. They have years of training and can check refrigerant lines and coil issues much more carefully. They will also ensure your air conditioner parts are not damaged during the check-up.