3 Easy Ways to Maintain Your Air Conditioner

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Air conditioners, like any device, require regular maintenance. Without proper maintenance, the performance of the air conditioner steadily declines and the energy consumption of the device also starts increasing. Now, you wouldn't want your electricity costs to skyrocket, would you? Listed below are 3 easy ways to keep your air conditioner in pristine condition:

  • Cleaning and Replacing Air Conditioner Filters

Some filters are reusable while others need to be replaced. Cleaning or replacing an air conditioner's filters can go a long way in increasing its efficiency. The system's efficiency can decrease drastically when the filters are dirty and clogged; normal airflow in the air conditioner is obstructed during those cases. When there is a block of normal airflow, the possibilities of polluted air reaching the evaporator coil increase tremendously.

That situation hinders the coil's heat-absorbing capacity, in turn, increasing the energy consumption of the air conditioner. cleaning and replacing procedures must be done every month during the cooling season. You must do it even more frequently if you are the proud owner of furry pets.

  • Cleaning the Evaporator

In some cases, the evaporator for the central air system may simply not be accessible. During other cases, it is located directly above the furnace in the plenum and it should be thoroughly cleaned annually. Cleaning the evaporator once a year will keep the professional technician away. The evaporator can be cleaned if there is a foil-wrapped insulation at the front of the plenum. Now, you must carefully remove the insulation at the front of the plenum.

Upon doing so, you will see an AC access plate behind the insulation. After removing the screws of the plate and upon lifting the plate, you will then see the evaporator. A stiff brush can be used to clean the underside of the evaporator unit. As the tray below the evaporator unit carries condensation away from the evaporator, it is imperative to clean it too. After a good clean up, you can put everything back into place and switch the air conditioner back on. You can use duct tape to seal any air leaks.

  • Cleaning the Condenser

Since the condenser unit is normally situated outside the house, it accumulates plenty of dust particles. In order to maintain the condenser, it is necessary to keep the unit away from grass, weeds or vines as they can obstruct airflow. The plants must be cut down if they grow around the condenser. A commercial coil cleaner that can be found at any refrigerator supply store can be used to clean the condenser. After that, a protective grille must be removed to gain access to the delicate and fragile fins; the fins must be carefully cleaned with a soft brush. A fin comb can even be purchased to help with the cleaning of fins. A commercial condenser cover for your model can be even used as a layer of protection during the fall and winter.

Contact a company such as http://www.airconperthwa.com.au/ to learn more.


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