Regular maintenance is essential to ensure the smooth running of your ducted air conditioning.
Now, we can hear your deep sighs as you mentally put another task on your seemingly endless household ‘to-do’ list. But it’s actually simpler and quicker than you think!
Getting the most out of your air con
You’ve invested in state-of-the-art air con technology, so you want to make sure you’re getting the most out of it, right? One easy way to do this is to conduct a few regular checks and do a bit of cleaning every now and then to keep your home in ship shape! Here are a few common problems you could run into if you don’t maintain your ducted air con system:
- Increase in energy consumption, meaning skyrocketing electricity bills.
- Air contamination.
- Costly repairs and replacements occurring sooner than anticipated.
- A lag in performance resulting in less comfort for your home’s inhabitants.
Here are a few quick checks to zip through every month to ensure all components of your system are functioning efficiently:
- All lights on your operation pad are working.
- Vents in all room are expelling air.
- Your outside unit isn’t making any louder and strange noises (this could be a sign of the system straining).
- The filters are not clogged with dust or dirt.
Cleaning your filters
The most important regular maintenance that your ducted air conditioning system will need is filter cleaning. Most air conditioners are fitted with a filter cleaning alert that will flash when they need attention. However, filters should be cleaned AT LEAST four times a year (and checked regularly). Commercial buildings need to be checked once every 1-2 months in order to keep the air in your home clean, and your air con working efficiently. Here’s how to do it:
- Switch your air con off.
- Remove the filter from the return air grille.
- Clean off dust by either vacuuming or cleaning with water. Refer to your air conditioner’s user manual to determine which method is safest and best for your model.’
- If you have cleaned your filters with water, ensure that they are completely dry before returning them to their air grille.
If you want your air conditioner to have a long lifespan, the key is to keep on top of its servicing. This means a yearly service, conducted by a professional. A professional will be able to get up in your roof and make sure your ducting is all in good condition and everything is connected and working properly. They’ll check out your head unit, outdoor condenser and filters too. Importantly, having your system regularly serviced will mean that your warranty agreement will be upheld.