As the days warm up in Perth, it is likely you will start using your air conditioning more frequently. When the first day above 30C hits, many dive for the remote to turn down the temperature. However, without proper maintenance of your unit, you may find yourself receiving an unpleasant surprise with a malfunctioning system, leaving you sweltering during a sizzling Perth summer or running an inefficient unit which increases your power bills.
Check off our maintenance tips below to get your air conditioning unit ready for summer so you know it will be performing at its best when you need it most:
1. Test Your Unit
It’s likely the last time you turned on your system on a hot day was months ago. Rather than waiting until your house is an oven before finding out there is a problem with your unit, run a test of your thermostat during Perth’s milder spring months. Simply turn on the unit to a cool setting. Cool air should be blowing through within a short time. If not, time to call for repairs before your local technician becomes busy.
2.Clean the Filter
Over time, your ducted or split system air conditioning unit will collect dust in its filter. Allowing dust to gather reduces the effectiveness of the filter, and can blow particles in the air, aggravating those with allergies. The filter prevents debris from entering the unit and causing malfunctions. Regular cleaning is recommended to keep it working effectively.
3. Clean Your Unit
Your outdoor unit can be exposed to the elements during a wild and windy Perth winter. Turn off the unit completely, then give it a thorough cleaning. Clear away any obstructions and use a brush and cloth to clear debris out of the unit. Clean coils with a hose or use a vacuum brush to clean your window unit. Specialty commercial cleaner is also available to ensure a thorough clean.
4. Consider an Upgrade
When your air conditioning unit is no longer effective, it may be time to consider an upgrade on your current model. Older models are less energy efficient and may end up costing you more in energy bills and maintenance in the long term. Depending on the model, air conditioners can last between 15 to 20 years. If yours is older, or not cooling efficiently, it may be time to weigh up the cost of a new model against ongoing repairs and high running costs.
Can Your Air Conditioner Handle the Heat?
By following a few easy steps, you can know your unit is ready to serve you well during the long, hot summer ahead. At Ambience Air, we often have customers tell us they didn’t know there was a problem with their system until they tried to run it on a hot day.