Have you checked your AC unit lately? Are you still getting the max air conditioning performance out of it? Just as you need a sunscreen with the highest UV protection, your air conditioning system needs extra care in order to provide you with the comfort you need and wish for all summer long.
Stay cool through the hot summer months! No matter how busy you are – at work or at the beach – make yourself some time to have your AC system checked. This way, you could save up on your monthly bill and enjoy the best performing air conditioning system day by day.
Here are a few simple rules to keep your air con healthy:
1. Clean or replace the filters
Filter maintenance is the quickest and easiest way to ensure your air conditioner works at its maximum efficiency. We recommend you to clean or replace your air conditioning system filters once every two months during the hot season.
Because of the intense usage, they may require more attention, especially when exposed to dusty conditions or too cute furry pets living in the house. If the filters are clogged, air flow will be restricted. As a consequence, AC efficiency will be dramatically reduced and could unknowingly recirculate dust into your home.
2. Keep your condenser coils free of dust, debris and dirt
This is quite similar to the first case except that the coils are typically located outside, where they can be even more vulnerable to the weather conditions. Besides dust, the condenser coils could gather leaves, debris or dirt, slowing down the system and eventually leading to potential internal damages.
Typically, you should perform a thorough clean twice a year, so if you haven’t done it before summer, you should definitely consider an immediate inspection of the system coils. In the same time, make sure the area around the outside unit is clean and clear at all times in order to help it operate at peak performance.
3. Have the system checked for proper refrigerant charge
While the first two actions can also be (carefully!) done as a DIY job, checking the refrigerant charge is always a professional’s duty. In other words, the technician has to possess a licence issued by the Australian Refrigeration Council to ‘handle’ refrigerant gases that are commonly used in both residential and commercial air conditioners.
Before checking the refrigerant levels, it is very important that the routine maintenance has been properly performed on the air con system. If any of the above – air filters or condenser coils – are dirty, they may also cause similar symptoms to those of a low refrigerant’s case.
4. Have a professional tune-up on your AC and relax for the rest of summer
If you feel like you’re simply not getting the most out of your system and you don’t have time to look for the problem yourself, just call in a professional. At Jaric’s, our experienced technicians can perform any job from start to finish. By looking for any leaks or breaks, measuring airflow and checking motors, we make sure your system is running as efficiently as possible.
Until next time, stay cool and enjoy the great Aussie summer!
Your friend and air conditioning performance expert,