Whether you bought a ducted or split system, purchasing an air conditioner is a significant expense. Therefore, it is important to take care of your investment with regular air conditioner maintenance. There are plenty of air conditioner maintenance steps that you can take to keep your system working well.
Clean Your Air Filter Regularly
The first line of defence against problems is regular cleaning of your air filter. The air filter is designed to catch dust particles, pollen, and other substances. But depending on your lifestyle, where you live, and how often you use the system, this can build up quickly. A dirty filter can cause all sorts of problems for your unit. Build-up on your filter can restrict airflow, causing the system to work harder to filter air and increasing the likelihood of malfunction.
We recommend cleaning your filter at a minimum every three months. You may need to clean it more if your system has high use, are a smoker, or have pets. This will keep your system working at its best. Read our handy step-by-step guide on how to clean your filter here.
Make Sure You Are Up-to-date on Your Preventative Air Conditioner Maintenance
Don’t wait till there is a problem to call your air conditioning company for service. By the time a problem comes along it could be hundreds of dollars worth of repairs and a system out of operation for weeks. Instead, an annual preventative air conditioning maintenance service can keep your system working in good order and prevent costly issues. At Arrow Air, we have annual service agreements that take the stress out of maintaining your system. We will remind you when it’s time and call you to set a time that is convenient for you. To find out what is involved in our annual maintenance and why it is important, head to our page here.
Clean Your Ceiling Outlets
A ducted system consists of various outlets or ceiling vents in each room that distribute airflow. In rarer cases, these are installed in the floor or side-blow. These vents can develop a build-up of dirt, dust, cobwebs, and even mold. It is important to regularly clean the vents. These can be cleaned with a dry duster or a warm damp cloth. The surfaces can also be cleaned with a disinfectant. Outlets can discolour and age over time, so good maintenance will keep them looking newer, longer.
Complete Your Warranty
Seems like a simple one, but in the excitement of a new system, it can be easy to forget to complete your warranty. Most systems come with a 5-year warranty, and parts and labour vary. In case of any issues with your unit, your warranty will come in handy. So make sure you have filled out all the necessary paperwork. At Arrow Air, we keep detailed information on your installation so if you ever have any questions, give us a call.
Clear the Outdoor Unit from Obstruction
The outdoor air conditioning unit or condenser plays a vital role. The condenser filters air from inside-out and back through the system, heating or cooling it. For the system to function well it needs to be unobstructed and clear of any risk of foliage or other organic matter dropping into the system. That is why it is important to clear the area around your unit from any objects. Remove bikes, bins, etc from around the unit. Also avoid placing objects on the unit or around it, such as pot plants or tools. And most importantly, do not place any chemicals near the unit that could accidentally spill into the unit.
Clean the Outdoor Unit
Even if you do not have any items around the unit, it is not uncommon to have dirt and dust build-up on the unit. Giving the outdoor unit a wipe down regularly with warm water is a good idea to keep the build-up at bay. But please be mindful to keep the water away from the internal workings of the unit and the electrical parts.
If you have any questions about your air conditioner maintenance, give us a call. We can discuss some options with you over the phone, and book regular preventative maintenance to ensure your system is working at its best.