The ultimate guide to getting your air conditioner ready for summer

When the days get longer, summer is upon us, and the sun bites more than usual.

It’s time to get back to your most important investment during the hot Aussie summer: your home air conditioner system. You may have also used it during the winter months if it has heating.

If your air conditioner has been left inactive during the colder months, it could have been collecting leaves, dust, and other debris. Your running parts might need to be inspected and serviced before the start of summer. Our air conditioner should be ready for summer, just like we must get ready to go to the beach.

A poorly maintained unit can cause heat and make it difficult to cool down. If you wait and hope for the best or neglect your investment, you may face repair bills, higher energy costs, inadequate cooling, or even replacement.

Before turning on your unit, make sure it is summer-ready and give it some tender loving care. Regular maintenance is a good habit to adopt. It will result in a better-functioning system, a healthier environment, and lower energy bills.

Air conditioning repair is a big decision. Do you DIY? If you need to have your air conditioner serviced, you should hire a professional refrigeration technician.

Some maintenance and cleaning tasks can be done by yourself. However, professionals are required for more complex tasks. Do not attempt to maintain your home. You could cause more damage than good.

It’s a smart decision to call in a professional.

A licensed technician should inspect your unit before every summer. You’ll be able to keep your investment and get the best out of your air conditioner if you have it maintained by a professional. A contractor will have the tools and knowledge to fix your system and keep it running efficiently. They will also:

  • Clean the condenser coils and evaporator coils thoroughly
  • Ensure that the system is charged with the right refrigerant. Repairs to an air conditioner’s sealed refrigeration are not a DIY job.
  • Check and tighten the electrical connections
  • Flush the drains
  • Check, clean, and repair the ductwork
  • Inspect your unit and make recommendations for repairs. This will extend the life of your conditioner and maximize energy efficiency.

What can you do for the unit to be ready for summer?

If you are interested, there is a lot that you can do for yourself. First, learn about your system. It is important to be familiar with all the major parts of your system to maintain it properly or communicate with experts. Let’s begin with the basics. Two main units make up a central air conditioning system. The main units are a condenser usually found outdoors and an evaporator mounted on an air handler/furnace. These two devices extract heat from the air by using refrigeration technology. The air handler circulates the dehumidified and chilled air through ductwork into your home’s rooms.

Filters – these filters reduce dust in the air. The filters are rectangular and can be removed easily from the indoor unit.

Ducting- round tubes that distribute cool or heated air to rooms. Usually located in the ceiling.

Thermostat A small box mounted near an indoor unit allows you to set or change the indoor temperature.

Registers- These grilles, located in the ceiling and floor, deliver air to your home or return re-heated air to a room.

Safety First

Always turn off the power supply before you begin any maintenance near your air conditioner system. Near the outdoor unit, you will find a 240-volt weatherproof isolation button. This switch should be turned OFF. A capacitor is stored in the outdoor unit. This can cause electrical shock and may be dangerous. Before maintenance, allow the charge to dissipate for approximately half an hour. To be extra safe, avoid touching any electrical components.

Remove or replace filters.

Let’s get started. This should be your priority. There are disposable and reusable filters on some units. Others can be washed with water. Reusable filters can be washed or replaced with new disposable ones. To find out how many filters your air conditioner uses and where they are located, consult your manual. You should also change or clean your filters at least once per month during summer.

Check For Leakages

Air conditioners are designed to move heat to cool a space. This is why they shouldn’t have any leakages. Leakages in the AC can cause it to not run as efficiently, consume more electricity, stop cooling, and cool as it should. An AC can also fail if it is left unattended for too long. Low gas pressure is the most common reason for AC breakdowns. Our data shows that over 50% of AC breakdown cases are due to leakages. Your service technician should inspect your AC for leakages before summer arrives.

Clear the AC Drain Pipe

Sometimes, the AC’s drainpipe, which removes moisture from its indoor unit, can become clogged. This can lead to standing water and even a mouldy odor. Even if this is not the case, you should still unclog your AC’s drainpipe at least once a year, especially before the beginning of summer, to work as efficiently as possible when it’s most needed. To unclog your AC’s drainpipe, you should use a stiff brush and warm water.

Clear the condenser from Winter’s debris

Your air conditioner’s condenser (outdoor unit) is like an outdoor fan housed in a box. It should not be blocked by anything. The condenser and the external vents may have attracted dirt, leaves, and other yard debris. They can cause your unit to run less efficiently. You should make sure your unit is free of leaves and other debris.

Clean and inspect the ducting.

This is for professionals only! Although you may know the location of the cool-air ducts, most are hidden behind walls and ceilings. A professional should clean your ducts. Repairing ducts can reveal any cracks in them or seams that are leaking. Your air conditioner will work properly as an enclosed system if repaired. This increases its energy efficiency and helps keep your home cool.

You can clean some parts of your ductwork and dry them yourself by removing registers from the ducts and wiping out the exposed parts. These ducts can be inspected for water damage or wear. Condensation can cause ducts to accumulate moisture. This can cause damage to your system and lead to mold growth. Call a professional if you detect water damage.

Is your unit Summer-ready?

Your system has been tuned up by a professional. Now you have cleaned and checked the condenser unit.

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