An air conditioning system is a major investment that requires regular care and maintenance for better cooling performance and durability. Regular check ups also help you spot early signs of damage of some parts which may be repaired easily and at less cost than obtaining a replacement.
Common problems such as water pooling at the base of the unit, cooling failure and ice formation are often the result of the accumulation of dust and dirt in various parts of the system. In most cases, serious damage can be averted by regular cleaning and other maintenance works. The best time to schedule maintenance for your system is in spring when air conditioning suppliers usually offer special deals while many technicians are available for home services. By the time temperature rises in summer, your air conditioner is ready to cool you down.
Air conditioning maintenance works include the following:
Air conditioning parts that must be kept free from dirt, dust and debris include the air filter, vents, condenser fins and the coil. When these parts are cleaned regularly, your air conditioner becomes more efficient in cooling your home which leads to lower energy consumption as well. Ideally, a licensed technician should perform cleaning services to ensure that the motor and electrical components of your unit do not get in contact with water while the other parts of the air conditioner are being washed. Most manufacturers recommend cleaning your air conditioning unit at least once a year if it is not used regularly, and at least once every four months if it is used daily.
A qualified service technician should also check the evaporator fans, drain tubes and the condensate pump to ensure that these are not worn out or damaged. It is best to report other problems that you may have experienced with your air conditioner while the technician is around so that he can perform the necessary checks and repairs before your air conditioner can incur serious damage. Other services such as replenishing the refrigerant, oiling the fan or replacing damaged drain tube or condensate pump may be charged an additional fee on top of the ordinary maintenance service fee.
Preventive measures are essential to minimise air conditioning repair and replacement costs and to reduce your energy bills as well. Your air conditioning supplier should be able to offer you maintenance services or refer you to a qualified licensed technician.
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