Tips on Maintaining and taking care of your Air Conditioner unit
"Make sure to do servicing once a year and clean the unit once or twice a month."
Air Conditioners can be considered as lifesavers if you live in a really hot place be it the Middle East or the Terai of Nepal. To survive in such a hot climate you either need a fan or an AC. AC can be the best choice if you want cool air flowing all over your room kicking off the sweat without having any trouble shifting the fan as you shift. However, your wallet or bank account might have to lose some weight if you choose to go with an AC.
If you don't want to regret pouring your wealth in unsuitable AC, do some research on the things that one must keep in mind before buying an AC. After buying, if you do not clean the AC and its filter, fin, and ducts timely, allergens may settle in the duct and may pollute the air you breathe in. Besides, make sure to do servicing every year and clean the unit once or twice a month. So, proper maintenance of the AC is essential to make it last for a longer period. We present you with some tips on maintaining your Air conditioner.
Clean and replace the filters
The most important part of an AC that requires periodical maintenance is the filters. Cleaning and replacing the filters timely can ensure the increase in the lifespan of your AC as well as its efficient operation. Make sure to clean the filters once or twice a month for excellent efficiency. Dirt and debris may get collected in the filter and which when the air flows passes to the evaporator coil and damages the coil. Besides, the dirt collected in the filter may clog the airflow or may pollute the air you breathe as well. Thereupon, clean and replace the filters timely to avoid any sort of problems.
Clean the coils
No matter how much you take care of the filters, dirt may eventually get collected in the evaporator and condenser coils. The dirt collected in the coils may cover and insulate the coils resulting in the inefficiency of the coils to absorb the heat. So, clean the coils every year to avoid any sort of damage or inefficiency in the AC. Not just the coils of the indoor unit, check the coils of the outdoor units as well. Try to place the units in a place where they can avoid dirt and debris.
Timely cleaning of the indoor and outdoor units
It is essential to clean the entire unit from time-to-time to avoid the collection of dirt and debris in the unit. Also, try to keep the environment around the units clean as well.
Comb the Coil fins
The coil fins on the evaporator and condenser coils are easily bent which may result in blockage of airflow. So, make sure to comb the fins and straighten them gently by using a butter knife or a fin comb that are available in the wholesale markets. Make sure to comb the fins gently as they are pretty sensitive and can break or bend quite easily.
During the winter, it's best if you either cover the unit or remove and store it in some convenient place so that it won't suffer further from dirt when it's not used. Also, if possible, cover the outdoor unit of the split AC to protect it from the dirt and debris in winters. It's best to cover the units with plywood rather than a tarp.
Hire a professional
In case of any form of serious damage or change in noise, hire the professionals immediately for repair, else your AC may either turn obsolete or may lead to expensive repairs in the future.
Try to avoid heat inside the house
Close the curtains and windows in order to avoid the heat and warmth inside your house or room. It can help to reduce the heat to some extent.
Know when to buy a new AC
Once your AC reaches to the point where any professional maintenance won't help it, don't push it any further and let it go. As the old AC may not function properly, they lead to several health-related inconveniences. Once you decide on buying a new AC, dispose of the unit properly, rather than just tossing it in the garbage bin.
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