Air conditioning units are the best way of controlling temperatures in homes or workplaces. They can help to maintain a comfortable and healthy temperature. Changing or cleaning the air filter is an important step that you can take to maintain your air conditioner.
Dirty filters block the normal airflow and reduce a system’s efficiency significantly. Even the highest quality equipment can fail if it is not properly serviced. Below are some tips which can improve energy efficiency and help you avoid spending money on air conditioning repairs. Let us start by identifying potential problems related not maintaining your air conditioning unit.
Here are 4 mains problems resulting from not servicing air conditioners.
1. Freezing Up
A dirty filter limits the flow of cold air which consequently leads to a reduction of the internal temperature. If the cold air does not come out for a long time, this can result in freezing the air conditioner inside.
2. Reduced efficiency of system
An A/C unit with a dirty filter will use significantly more power to cool. An air conditioner is supposed to cycle on and off, but a dirty air filter can cause those cycles to become more frequent than they need to be. In the long run replacing a dirty, clogged filter with a clean one can lower the air conditioner’s energy consumption by 5% to 15%.
3. Dirty air ducts
Reduced efficiency of a clogged air conditioner increases the cooling air and results in additional energy consumption. In addition, the internal filters of the air conditioner are also depositing contaminants that might lead to a complete blockage of its patency. Consequently, the sign of clogging in the device is an odour and visible condensation of water from the air holes.
4. Health problems
The consequence of dirty ducts is not only equipment failure, but also health problems of people living in areas where air conditioning is installed. A dirty filter can cause allergens to build up in your duct system, and they will stay there for months. Always in the case of a forced-air system running, those allergens will be released into the air.
How often should you serviced an air conditioner?
To avoid these dangerous consequences it is necessary to ensure that air conditioning system is properly serviced, regularly checked and cleaned. The frequency of serviced depends on the type of filter which is used. Changing air filters may be necessary monthly, or if it is of higher quality, every three months. Advanced filters can last a little longer between cleanings and replacements, but it is worthwhile consulting the recommended schedule with the manufacturer. To ensure that your air conditioner is properly serviced, it is a good idea to use a professional service company.
We Stay Cool HVAC perform the maintenance on all air-conditioning systems and all refrigeration equipment to a high standard using our professional engineers. It is important to remember to systematically control and service your equipment to ensure that your device is functioning correctly.