When you switch on your air con on the first hot day of the year it could be frustrating to find that your unit is having a hard time to cool the room, or worse, not working at all. While it’s suggested you get a professional engineer to finish an a/c service as part of your yearly property maintenance, there are also a few simple inspections that you can do in between to maintain your air conditioning in Waukesha running smoothly.
Keep your air conditioning unit well-maintained
Most air conditioning faults are caused by lack of cleanliness, but just dusting the vents regularly can make a huge difference to the life of your unit. Another simple thing you can do to improve the hygiene of your air con system is to get rid of the filters, spray them down with antibacterial spray and rinse with warm water. The cleaner you keep your unit, the less often you’ll need to have an a/c service.
Change or clean the filter
The reason your air con system has a filter is both to secure the mechanics inside, as well as maintaining the air clean inside your house or workplace. If this filter isn’t kept clean you’re making your air con system work harder and less efficiently, meaning your energy expense will be higher and your yearly a/c service might not be enough to keep your unit in good health. Some air con filters must be cleaned instead of replaced and vice versa. An electrostatic filter is cleaned, while a disposable fibreglass or paper filter need to be replaced fairly regularly; anywhere between once a month and twice a year, depending upon the air quality in your area. Inspect it regularly to identify how often you must be changing yours. A filter which requires changing will look clogged with dust.
Ensure the condensing unit is not obstructed
The condensing unit is the part of your air con system that sits outside and pulls the air in. In case this becomes blocked by grass, dead leaves or even outdoor furniture you’ve stored against it, your a/c might not function as well as it could do. Make cleaning the area around the unit part of your regular property maintenance. It’s also good to do this before an a/c service, to prevent being billed by the engineer for time spent cleaning, and also to avoid misdiagnosis of why your unit isn’t operating properly.
Examine airflow on inside and outside unit
When you’ve eliminated any blockages from the condensing unit, check that the airflow is powerful and consistent on both units. If the airflow is poor this may indicate that your a/c system has a blocked coil or a failing fan. In most cases it will be necessary to contact a professional air con engineer to examine the problem and provide a solution.
Switch between heating and cooling modes
It’s a good idea to do a DIY a/c service if it has been a while since you ‘d used your air con system. One really easy thing you should do is to try switching between the cooling and heating modes. If your air conditioning is stuck on one setting, it normally indicates that there is an issue with the reversing valve. If this occurs you need to call in a professional engineer.
Fix any rust or corrosion
Check over your air con system, particularly the outdoor unit, for any signs of rust or corrosion. If the damage is minimal, you can usually repair it by painting over it with waterproof steel paint. If the rust or corrosion is more severe you must contact a property maintenance professional. Ask your engineer to examine for signs of oxidation while completing your a/c service.