How to maintain your air conditioner unit?

A well-maintained and efficient AC unit is essential because it accounts for about 7-10% percent of the energy used in the Australia. As the summer drags on, you might notice that your air conditioner is losing some of its cooling power and not running as efficiently as it should. All these issues can be overcome by making some behavioral changes and following the professional advice.

Neglecting necessary maintenance hints ensures a steady decline in AC performance, whereas, a properly maintained system will run efficiently and last longer before needing to be replaced. We are listing a couple of tips below that could help you run your air conditioner efficiently.

Replacing the air filters

Air filter in the AC will be located either:

  • Inside the blower compartment of the air handler
  • Behind the return air grille on a wall
  • In a slot on the bottom, top or side of your furnace.

If left unchanged for the longest time, the filter builds up excess dirt which reduces airflow and slow the unit. So changing air conditioner filter usually depends on what type of filter your AC unit has. It can be better explained by the manufacturer guidelines so, you should consider going through those and check your filter every 30 days at least. This quick fix is an important part of keeping your air conditioner running smoothly and efficiently.

Regular Tune-Ups

Air conditioning tune-up allows a complete inspection of the system. the technician usually measures refrigerant levels, check the electrical damages and if anything that needs repair. AC tune-ups will:

  • Ensure that your air conditioner is in top shape and prevent the future problems.
  • Help you increase the lifespan of your unit.
  • Help you decrease the system breakdowns.
  • Protect your family with high quality indoor air quality.

A Programmable Thermostat

When you are not at home, obviously you don’t need to keep the air in your home cool. So, a programmable thermostat can help you save money by cooling the room at the right time of the day. If you already have a programmable thermostat installed don’t forget to check it to make sure it’s working properly.

Check the condenser fan

You should check the fan mounted on the top of the outside condenser unit to make sure it’s in good condition. You should replace the fan blades if you notice any cracks or chips visible on the blades.