It is now coming into summer and we all know what that means, It is going to get HOT!! a little bit of maintenance of your Air Conditioner in your home will keep them running at the most efficient during this time of year.
Lets look at the parts of the Air conditioner and what they do.
The outdoor unit ( or condenser )
This part live outside and is what houses the compressor and what gets rid of the heat that has been removed form your house. You need to maintain this by ensuring that the fins and grills are clean of leaves and other rubbish to allow for the best airflow there can be. Also check to make sure all cabling and pipe work are in tact and there is generally no damage to the unit.
The indoor unit ( or Evaporator )
This part of the AC removes heat and moisture from the air inside of your home or office. It also has a grill in it but unlike the outdoor unit it has a filter in it. You need to clean the filter by washing them in soapy water and leaving to dry before putting back in the unit. Also make sure nothing has blocked the grills underneath the filter. Also have a smell of the unit. Animals like mice and geckos and the like do sometimes move into the unit over the winter months and sometime they don’t leave. If you fire up the unit while there is animals in it it can be terminal for the unit. also having a smell also let you know if there is any mold or the like in the unit. Make sure you check the drain on the unit, What this does is when humid air is chilled, the humidity condenses into droplets and the drain takes them away from the unit. check to make sure it is in tact and it is clear.
Ok after you have checked all that you are ready yo start your AC. When the unit is running listen for strange noises from either indoor or outdoor unit. make sure water is coming out of the end of the drain from inside and make sure it is operating like it should.
If you follow these simple steps you are closer to having a interruption free Summer.
Remember the most efficient temperature to run your AC on is 24degC
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