Air Conditioning Preventative Maintenance Tips
11 May 2020
The presence of air conditioning units has changed the way we live or work. These units have given us an environment with temperatures our body can fully endure. And for them to work efficiently every day, they must be maintained regularly to prevent any sudden damages and unexpected repairs. After all, you do not want your unit to be damaged on the same day when the outside temperature starts to rise.
For your own good, you can follow these preventative maintenance tips to prevent sudden air conditioning unit breakdowns and damages. Some of these maintenance tips might need some help from professionals.
Inspect Unit Connections
One of the most common problems in air conditioning units is their wiring and electrical connections. There will be times when some of these connections might have been loosened up due to a long time of use. Some wires might have already been damaged or worn out without you noticing, which may result in random power loss during air conditioning operations. You must have these connections checked with professionals so that they can fix or replace them right away.
Replace Dirty Air Filters
Filters that are dirty and clogged with dust and other elements can block normal airflow and reduce the efficiency of your air conditioning unit. And with the absence of normal airflow, your air may carry dirt directly into your evaporator coil and affect its heat-absorbing capacity. For proper maintenance, you must replace your dirty filter with a clean one so that your energy consumption will be lowered by a huge percentage. If you have a reusable filter, then you must clean it regularly. Mostly, filters must be maintained every month or two during the cooling season.
Clean Air Conditioner Coils
Your unit’s evaporator coil and condenser coil can both accumulate dirt and other outdoor elements over their entire service life. With a clean filter, any soiling action on the coils will be minimised. However, you must remember that they still collect dirt over time. As dirt thickens, your coils may reduce sufficient airflow and ultimately lose the ability to absorb heat. To prevent these situations from happening, you must check and clean your coils every year. You must also clean the area around the coil, remove any debris, and trim the foliage back at least 2 feet to allow adequate airflow.
Assess Fans and Drain Line
Checking your fan blades is a must to maintain adequate performance. Just like your air filters, your fan blades can also get coated with grime due to their exposure to smog and outside pollution. Once the grime starts to thicken, expect your fan speed to slow down and your motor to be strained. Fortunately, cleaning the blades can easily prevent airflow problems.
Aside from fans, you must also check your drain line since it may be clogged with algae and other elements. For proper maintenance, you must drain the excess moisture by flushing it from time to time with a small amount of bleach. If you have spotted some algae or mould, then you must remove them through a basic wet or dry vacuum cleaner.
Check for Worn Parts
Some components of air conditioning units may have already been worn due to a long time of use. Any damages that may occur on components like the belt, pulley, electronic controls, refrigerant line, and thermostats may cause your system to shut down unexpectedly. Alternatively, there were some instances where the unit cannot produce cold air anymore. When you have spotted these problems in your unit, you must contact some service technician for help. If the damages are already severe, then you may want to start shopping for a new unit.
All these preventative maintenance tips must be done to ensure the optimal performance of your air conditioning unit. For more information about preventative maintenance of air conditioning units, then give us a call now at Light-On Electrical.
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