How To Maintain Split System Air Conditioning
- on February 26, 2020
- Categories: Tips & Tricks
Keeping on top of the air conditioning maintenance is an integral part of a properly working system. This Proven Air Conditioning guide to air conditioning maintenance gives you tips and methods in to maintain your air conditioner, as well as some commonly found problems.
Air conditioner filters
Air filters are designed to remove dirt and dust particles prior to entering the air conditioning system, they are vital in keeping a clean, restriction free system.
Clean air circulating is incapable of doing damage to the internal components of the machine, however a blocked or heavily restricted air filter will reduce airflow to the unit and can cause excess strain on the internal components, as well as performance issues such as:
- How the unit functions
A blocked air filter will have a notable effect on the cooling and heating of a system. When a filter is blocked, air is forced to bypass the filter and allow dirt and dust to get trapped inside. This problem can eventually lead to a second blockage which will still be present in the system even after replacing the filter itself. The second issue will need to be cleared separately (more on that below).
The result of one or more air blockages causes substantially reduced air flow into all areas and the rate at which the air conditioner can actually cool or heat the area is slashed.
- How efficient the unit is
The air conditioner efficiency is determined by its power consumption and an inefficient air conditioner will considerably increase your energy bill.
A dirty air filter forces the system to work harder and consume more energy in the process.
The filters can typically be cleaned or replaced and whilst this can be done without a great depth of understanding, it is recommended to get in touch with a professional as a dirty filter is a sign of high use - this may mean other components need attention.
Once every two to three months is an ideal time to clean your filter. If it operates constantly or you have pets it may require more frequent attention.
Air conditioners use indoor and outdoor coils to function. These coils serve both as the cooling and heating coils of the system, depending on which cycle you have it set.
- Evaporator coil
Predominantly the indoor coil is referred to as the evaporator coil. It will absorb heat from the air inside and transfer the heat outside through the air conditioning unit. When in cooling the evaporator is inside, while in the reverse cycle the evaporator is located outside.
- Condenser coil
Located outside in the cooling cycle, the condenser coil rejects heat and blows hot air.
As the coils are fragile, cleaning is performed using specially designed chemicals. Damaging either of these coils can lead to severe problems and illegal release of refrigerant.
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