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Everything You Should Know About Servicing and Maintaining Your AC

Everything You Should Know About Servicing and Maintaining Your AC

Both split ACs, as well as their window-based counterparts, require periodic servicing to ensure that they always continue to work properly. In fact, air conditioning service and maintenance is one of the best possible means of ensuring that your appliance will continue to give the same great results throughout its extended service life.

Regular maintenance will effectively ensure that your unit never develops any problems, to begin with. This is what you can do to make sure that your unit continues to run flawlessly for many a long year:

Taking Care of Refrigerant Leakage 

The biggest problem with an AC is the leakage of its refrigerant gas. ACs work on the classic ’use it or lose it’ concept. If you don’t switch it on at least once every few days, the gas will pool into the joints of the pipes and drill a hole through the metal. Once that happens it will slowly leak into the atmosphere. Apart from the damage to the environment, it will also call for a hefty gas recharge bill. If the gas has leaked, the room will not cool properly or even if it does, not as properly as it used to do so before. 

You can make sure that your AC is safe from such an issue by switching it on for at least half an hour, even in mid-winter. Apart from that, gas leakage issues can also occur in case of improper installation or the normal wear and tear of the various components of your AC unit. Once you notice a perceptible drop in cooling, you should call in the experts at air conditioning service and maintenance as soon as possible.

If you delay it, more gas will leak into the atmosphere and your machine will have to work harder to provide adequate cooling. This does not only lead to an increase in power bills but also creates an undue load on your thermostat and other sensitive components.

Clean the Filters

All ACs have filters to provide fresh and clean air into the room. These filters also help to protect the more delicate components of your AC unit from dust and dirt. If the filters are dirty or they have gone past their service life you should get them replaced as soon as possible. 

A clogged filter will force the blower to work harder to retain the desired temperature in the room. Not only will it increase power consumption, but it will also decrease the service life of most of the other important parts of your AC system. Finally, the additional load can lead to a steep drop in the pressure of the air blowing into your room.  Luckily, filters are designed to be disposable and they can easily be replaced at a very low cost. You should make sure to replace them at least once every few 6 months. 

If you want more information on air conditioning service and maintenance, you should get in touch with the good people at Rite Temp HVAC.  They have a lot of experience in air conditioning service and maintenance.