Apart from cooling and heating a space, an AC unit plays an important role in circulating the air throughout the room. An air conditioner unit that does not receive regular maintenance can accumulate potentially harmful amounts of dust, which creates a suitable breeding ground for microorganisms such as, mold, fungi and bacteria.
Neglecting necessary maintenance results in a steady decline in air conditioning performance while power bills grow. We all recognize that we either pay our mechanics a little now for a routine service, or pay them a lot later for a major repair. The same is true for your air conditioner. If you don’t service your air conditioner regularly, you’ll find yourself paying out the ear.
Whilst there might not be anything wrong with your system for the time being, problems can and do appear rather frequently. If you haven’t had your system serviced in some time, then you run the risk of running into much costlier repairs later down the track. An air conditioner is a highly-sophisticated system of parts that must work together to safely and efficiently cool your home. A system that is not functioning properly will:
A service charge is a relatively minor charge compared to what a repair would cost or worse having you air conditioning break down in the heat of summer. Having your system working at full capacity and efficiency and avoid further repairs down the road is the wise thing to do.
How much dirt and dust is in your filters? If you don’t like cleaning them and breathing all that dust, think how your AC unit feels. Ignoring this can lead to other problems:
Evaporator and condenser coils handle different sides of the cooling cycle. Their primary purpose is to absorb or carry heat. Over their months and years of service an air conditioner’s evaporator coil and condenser coil collect dirt. Therefore, a clean filter is extremely important as it helps prevent the coil from soiling quickly. However, the evaporator coil will still collect dirt eventually, that’s why you need to get you air conditioner serviced at least annually.
Dirty coils reduce airflow and has the effect of insulating the coil. Insulation acts as a barrier and in turn reduces the coils ability to absorb heat. That’s we chemically clean your evaporator coil each service.
The outdoor environment is even dirtier. Outdoor condenser coils become very dirty. As they are often exposed, you can easily see the condenser coil and notice the dirt collecting on its fins.
You should minimize dirt and debris near the condenser unit but that’s not always possible, so we make sure we wash the condenser coil with each air conditioning service.
Clogged, dirty filters can block normal airflow. Blocked air flow reduces a system’s efficiency significantly. Perhaps one of the simplest but most significant maintenance tasks during an air conditioner service is to replace or clean its filters. Replacing a dirty, clogged filter with a clean one can will lower your air conditioner’s energy consumption by 5% to 15%.
When the system is running, filters should generally be replaced or cleaned every month. If your filter is not disposable, follow the manufacturer instructions for cleaning. Some types of filters are reusable; others must be replaced. Filters may need more frequent attention if the air conditioner is in constant use, is subjected to dusty conditions, or you have fur-bearing pets in the house.
It should be cleaned and serviced annually.
The average expected life of an air conditioner is approximately 15 years if the air conditioner is serviced regularly. Units in corrosive environments, such as, coastal installations, will tend to have shorter lives. Also units that aren’t well maintained may not last more than a few years as air conditioner repairs can be costly.