Air Conditioner Maintenance

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An air conditioner‘s filters, coils, and fins need regular maintenance for the unit to work effectively and efficiently throughout its lifetime. Neglecting this maintenance will lead to a slow decline in the performance of the AC Unit. 

Air Conditioner Filters

The most important air conditioner maintenance‘ task to ensure its longevity is to regularly replace or clean its filters. Blocked filters stop normal airflow and reduce the system’s efficiency. With the airflow obstructed, any air that bypasses the filter may carry dirt directly into the evaporator coil and impair the coil’s heat-absorbing capacity. Swapping out a dirty, clogged filter with a clean one will lower your air conditioner’s energy consumption by approximately 5% to 15%.

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Different types of air conditioning units

Temperature controls enable us to alter the productivity of an air conditioner to our comfort level.

There are different types of AC units, and when choosing an air conditioning system consider your comfort criteria, the number of occupants and the size of the area it will be used to cool.

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Does air conditioning cause sore throats?

The simple answer is no. There may be a link between air conditioning and getting a sore throat but it isn’t a causation. Air conditioning can be a breeding ground for bacteria and for infestation but with these clever ideas on how to maintain the system, it should not be an issue.

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How to Clean Your Outdoor AC Unit This Spring

There are few routine chores that pay off in both comfort and money saved than cleaning your AC Unit.

The payoff? Comfort throughout the summer months and lower cooling bills. You are also lengthening the life of you air conditioner!

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Should Your Air Conditioning Unit Be Covered in Winter?

Your air conditioning unit should not be covered during winter – or, for that matter, any other time of seasonal year.

It isn’t important to cover your outdoor air conditioning unit, even in the winter time. All external HVAC equipment is specially crafted to withstand harsh weather conditions and extreme temperatures from sweltering summers to biting winters.

However, if you live in an area that’s partial to hail you may want to cover your AC Unit – especially if there is an oncoming storm. Also, if you live in an area that sees blizzards, it is important to keep excess snow out of your AC Unit.

If you do need to cover your external AC Unit, one way of doing it is to use a large sheet of tarp and securing that with rope and duct tape.

Alternatively, you could purchase an air conditioner cover, which are relatively cheap!

How To: Prevent AC Unit Faults in Winter

There are  a number things that can be done when taking precautions during the winter, so to prevent problems.

Ensure that your keep your units free from obstruction and make sure that your system doesn’t have to work harder than necessary – this can be applied to both indoor and outdoor units.

Similarly, ensure that nothing is blocking indoor vents or air discharge points enabling your system to run as smoothly as possible.

You will want to set your controllers to a reasonable temperature, keeping in mind the outdoor conditions. For an office, 23 degrees celsius is a sensible temperature, whereas 30 degrees celsius which is a common finding can put strain on the unit.

BMS Aircon can offer service maintenance to your AC Units should they need it!

Preparing your AC Unit for Autumn

So, we’re finally into September meaning summer is officially over.

Right now, you may be thinking about what you will need to do now that the temperature is dropping and former long summer days are shortening.

Below, are some tips from BMS – one of the well-known Industrial Air Conditioning Companies in Midlands, which should maneuver around an AC Unit repair.

If you have a window AC unit, your only required maintenance is to take the unit from the window, ensure that it is clean – if not, clean it, and continue to clean the filters if necessary.

Regarding central units, you will need to replace your filters. Spend time looking for new filters and swapping them out with your old ones – this will save you money on repairing your air con. If you leave a dirty filter in the system, this is likely to lead to clogging later on as dirt particles will cling to the filter and build grime.

Ensure that you inspect you system thoroughly and that nothing is damaged is broken. Be sure to clean the outdoor HVAC unit, also.

After you have switched off the central AC unit, make sure that you cover it. To do this, you can use plastic or vinyl to protect it from the coming harsh elements.

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Summer and your air conditioning unit

Getting your air conditioning unit ready for summer couldn’t be simpler with BMS Aircon’s tips!

Letting your AC Unit sit idle for a number of months will inevitably lead to it collecting dirt, dust and debris which could affect its performance when you need a cool down in the heat up ahead.

Clean/replace filters

Your initial step is to clean your filters or replace them, which should be reviewed twice, annually. Failure to do this will lead to a restricted air flow which will reduce its efficiency.

Clean condenser coils

Your central air conditioners’ condenser coil will typically be located outdoors. If debris has gotten inside the unit, it is likely that the coils will be clogged with dirt. To clean the coils, the top and side panels will need to be removed, then using a refrigerator coil brush or a soft brush on a vacuum, gently clean the coils from the outside of the unit. Use the vacuum to clean the insides of the coils.

Clear debris

Scoop out any debris and leaves from the base of the condenser and, if applicable, ensure the drain isn’t blocked.

Check coolant lines

Refrigerant tubes or pipes will typically have a roam coolant line insulation covering them to prevent the loss of energy. If there are any frayed areas, replace them by installing foam insulation sleeves, or wrap the lines with a foam insulation tape.

Testing

Ensure that you test your unit once it has fully dried and then turn off the power to the condenser back by turning the thermostat in your home off, then turning the power at both the main panel and disconnect box on, lastly, switch your thermostat to cool.

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Air conditioning benefits

The purpose of an air conditioning unit is to provide a comfortable environment to work in throughout the seasons.

Naturally, you would expect AC Units to possess many benefits because of their purpose. An AC Unit can have either of the two functions to heat or to cool. A majority of the newer models will have a smart changeover switch where you can set the temperature and the unit will swap from cooling or heating as needed, alone.

Another benefit is air purification; again, many modern units will have an anti-fungus filter which will catch any allergy-causing mites, smoke particular and odours that may be in the air.

We’ve approached summer and soon the outside air will begin to reach uncomfortable levels, your home will begin to become warmer than the outside temperature. When an AC Unit is installed, the temperature can quickly be reduced to much more comfortable level.

Air can be recirculated through the filters in the air conditioning unit and will trap any dust and pollen which is a great benefit for those that suffer from allergies.

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