When either purchasing or hiring an air conditioning unit, it is important to keep up with the regular air conditioning maintenance to ensure the unit is functioning both effectively and efficiently. Neglecting necessary maintenance almost guarantees a steady decline in the air conditioning units’ performance while energy use steadily increases.
Air conditioning filters
The most important maintenance task that will ensure the effectiveness of your air conditioning unit is to either replace or clean its filters. Dirty filters block the normal airflow and majorly reduce the unit’s efficiency.
Air conditioning coils
An air conditioning unit’s evaporator and condenser coil collect dirt over their years or even months of service. This dirt eventually reduces airflow and insulates the coil and therefore reduces its ability to absorb heat. To avoid this problem, clean the air conditioning coils when appropriate and necessary.
Other parts of an air conditioning unit
There are other parts such as the coil fins and condensate drain which also require regular maintenance when purchasing or hiring air conditioning units.
Hiring a professional
When your air conditioning unit needs its regular maintenance, if possible you should hire professionals who specialise in air conditioning maintenance. This is because a well-trained engineer should be able to detect and fix any problems found in your air conditioning system.
The technician should:
• Check for the correct amount of refrigerant in your air conditioning unit
• Test for leaks
• Measure airflow throughout the evaporator coil
• Check the accuracy of the thermostat
• Verify the correct electric control sequence and make sure that the heating system and cooling system cannot operate simultaneously
Air conditioning maintenance engineers may also check other parts in the air conditioning unit for problems.