We’ve already had some scorchers to test the mettle of your AC, and summer’s not over yet by a long shot. The last thing anyone wants is their air conditioning system to break down on the hottest day of the year, and to swelter for hours in their home while waiting for the repair man to turn up.
The following preventative maintenance will ensure your AC doesn’t give up the ghost when you need it most.
Keep Unit Clean and Free of Debris
Ensure that the area around your AC unit is kept clear of foliage, as it won’t be able to run to its maximum efficiency if leaves, grass and other debris are sucked into it. A dirty AC unit will significantly raise your power bill, can cause damage to electrical wires or a compressor, and has a reduced lifespan.
If your air con is taking too long to cool a room, then it is probably the filter that needs cleaning or changing because it’s dusty or dirty. Filters need to be regularly checked during the warmer season to ensure they keep circulating fresh air throughout your home and to guarantee your AC is working to its optimal level. Dirty filters will make your AC work harder than it needs to, hike the price of your power bill and can even lead to respiratory problems. Replacement / cleaning of filters is something you can do yourself without needing a professional.
Don’t Adjust The Settings
It can be tempting to play around with the thermostat of your AC, constantly adjusting it up and down. But this can lead to wear and tear. For the most efficient use of the system, find the temperature where you’re comfortable and just leave it there for each season. As a general rule set your air con to 25 degrees in summer, and 18 degrees in winter.
When was the last time you had your air conditioning system serviced? Air conditioners lose 5% of their efficiency each year they go unserviced by a proper professional. Conducting regular maintenance can cut your power bill by 25 percent and double the lifespan of your air conditioning system. Don’t wait, book your yearly inspection now to prevent costly repairs down the track, or your AC unit failing just when you need it most.