With regular maintenance, you can easily stop small problems with your air conditioning system becoming much bigger ones, but only if you catch them early enough. If you want to reduce the possibility of your air conditioner suddenly blowing out warm air or grinding to a halt when you need it most this summer, now’s the time to book a professional service.
Here are some of the most common problems that getting an air conditioning service could solve well before the weather heats up:
Dirty air conditioner
If you’ve got a split system air conditioner, you should give your air conditioner a going over with a vacuum cleaner from time to time to reduce the amount of dust that enters the system.
There are also a number of places where dust and debris can accumulate that aren’t as easily accessible. These parts should only be accessed and cleaned by a licenced professional.
The filters and coils in your air conditioner require regular, thorough cleaning. If this isn’t done, your system will work harder and less efficiently. Blocked filters can also cause the coils to freeze up.
Regular cleaning and servicing of your air conditioner can save you money in the long run. It’s always a good idea to clean the filters and, in the case of a split system, remove any leaves, dust, dirt and debris trapped in the outside unit. Debris can obstruct the fan from turning, causing it to overheat.
Your air conditioner’s thermostat detects and regulates the temperature of the room. If there’s a problem with your thermostat, your air conditioner won’t operate properly. A thorough air conditioner service will detect and eliminate any problems with your air conditioner’s thermostat.
Water leaks or stagnation
Your air conditioner is designed to allow excess condensation to drain from the unit. A problem with the drain can cause a build-up of moisture inside the unit. If moisture pools in the unit, it can lead to mould and algae forming. This can not only cause a bad smell, but can also spread mould spores throughout your home or office. That can pose a health hazard, particularly if you have allergies.
This is a problem that can easily be fixed with regular servicing to ensure that there are no blockages and that excess moisture is safely drained away. Any mould present can then be easily and safely treated.
Your air conditioner relies on a series of moving parts working smoothly together. As with any piece of equipment with moving parts, friction will lead to wear and tear. Mechanical problems with your air conditioner will often be accompanied by symptoms such as excessive noise or vibration.
A regular air conditioner service includes inspection of the inner workings of your air conditioner. It’s the only way to ensure any wear and tear is detected early. If needed, replacement parts can be ordered, and fitted without the inconvenience of a breakdown.
A refrigerant issue with your air conditioner is the type of problem only a thorough service will uncover. Refrigerant problems occur when:
- a refrigerant line has been kinked or punctured at installation
- the refrigerant was either underfilled or overfilled during the charging process when your air conditioner was installed, or
- a leak has developed, which can lead to a frozen coil.
A refrigerant leak is a serious matter. Refrigerants, particularly those found in older air conditioning systems, pose a serious risk to the environment. They can also be a health hazard if handled incorrectly.
If your air conditioner service detects a lower refrigerant level than there should be repaired and tested. The refrigerant can then be recharged in accordance with manufacturer’s specifications. Because of the potential environmental and health impacts, only a licensed professional should handle refrigerant issues with your air conditioner. It’s not something you should ever attempt to fix yourself.
Electrical problems with your air conditioner can easily stop it from working. If your air conditioner is tripping your circuit breaker or blowing a fuse, you should have this looked at sooner rather than later. Electrical problems with your air conditioner can potentially expose you to a risk of electrocution or a house fire.
Electrical problems can arise from wiring being inadvertently crimped at the time of installation or damage such as that caused by rodents. Installation by a person who’s not qualified and licensed is almost guaranteed to cause electrical problems down the track.
You shouldn’t attempt to fix an electrical issue with your air conditioner unless you’re qualified to do so.
The benefits of a regular air conditioner service
By far, the best thing you can do to prolong the life of your air conditioner and ensure it runs efficiently is to ensure that you book a regular air conditioning service. It’s also likely to be an important term in the small print of your warranty. Failing to do so may mean you won’t be covered by the warranty if there’s a problem.
Scheduling a professional to do your air conditioner service also means it’s done at a time that suits you and greatly reduces the likelihood of having to try and find someone to deal with a breakdown on short notice.