It’s that time of the year again with spring just around the corner in Adelaide. This article covers what you should do to ensure your Air Conditioner is in top shape this summer and that your warranty remains valid.
When you buy an air conditioner, you expect it to last for years and it does with proper maintenance. But if your air conditioner is not maintained properly, you could shorten its working life.
Lack of maintenance will not be covered by warranty since this usually only covers manufacturing, design defects or faulty workmanship. So if you give your provider and ask for a warranty service only to find out that the problem was due to poor maintenance, you will normally get charged for the service call.
So before you schedule a warranty service, make sure to do the following:
Clean the filters
Letting your air conditioner run on dirty filters causes it to work harder, degrading its performance thus shortening its working life or worse causing it to overheat. But before you clean the filters, make sure you have switched off the unit.
Here are the steps on how to clean your filter for different types of air conditioner:
- Wall Split type – First, you need to lift the front cover up to remove the filters. Make sure you refer to the manual as some filters are equipped with additional deodorizing filters and air purification filters. Referring to the manual the air conditioner came with also ensures that you are cleaning the filter correctly. Some filters can’t be washed under a tap so if you’re uncertain, make sure to check the manual first.
- Ducted systems – For ducted systems, you need to locate the return air grill. This is usually placed in the middle of your home. Unscrew the grill and carefully remove the filter pad. Just like with wall split type air conditioners, remember to check the manual to ensure you are following the correct cleaning method. Don’t forget to thoroughly dry the pad before putting it back in the system.
- Evaporative systems – Evaporative systems are a bit trickier to clean. It requires you to go up to your roof, so you need to be extra careful when cleaning it. If you don’t think you can do it by yourself, don’t be afraid to call in a professional to do the job for you. Your evaporative system also needs to be cleaned especially after a dust storm.
Check if the batteries are still working in the remote controllers
Remember to replace the batteries in your remote controllers annually so it can continue working. Most of the time, non-working air conditioners are just a result of expired batteries.
Give the compressor a lot of space
Do you know where your compressor is? It’s that box outside of your home. Make sure that you clear out all the leaves, dirt and insects on it that can damage the unit. Clear at least 10cm all around the unit and 100cm in front of the fan. If a leaf gets stuck inside the unit, it may be time to get it serviced.
Not cold enough?
Are the unused zones also turned on? Only turn on the air conditioning in parts of the room that are in use, so the air conditioner will be utilised efficiently. This will save you paying more for your electricity bill or cause the unit to overheat on a swelteringly hot day.
Ryan Aridll is the expert in Air Conditioner Maintenance. Visit our Air Conditioning Adelaide page for more information.