Regular maintenance and cleaning of your air conditioner prolongs its lifespan. Air conditioners, like any other piece of technical equipment, are worth regular maintenance. This makes sure that it works efficiently and economically, and that it does what you expect it to do.
Most quality air conditioners work as an air cleaner in addition to cooling or heating the air because they have multi-stage filtration. If there are pets in the house, full area carpets are used. These are reasons why filters should be checked, ideally at least twice a year, always in the spring and fall. Clogged filters increase energy consumption and reduce system efficiency.
How To Clean An Air Conditioner Yourself?
A standard air conditioner, even the simplest one, usually contains a simple pre-filter that traps the largest dust particles. You can tell how dirty the pre-filter is by the level of dust in the air conditioned area. This filter protects access to the entire area of the cooling system. The idea is to keep the system free of dust and maintain its efficiency. While it is recommended that you clean it at least once a year, depending on the level of clogging, you’ll know if it’s worth checking more often.
It’s almost 100% plastic, so you just wash it in the bathroom and clean it with a good detergent. Definitely don’t put the pre-cleaner filter in the dishwasher, because the plastic that the filter is made of may not be able to withstand the high temperatures and deform.
Always remove the filter according to the manufacturer’s instructions with the air conditioner turned off, if you accidentally turn it on, dirt can fly around the room. After washing or vacuuming, put it back in according to the instructions. During regular maintenance, be sure to wipe the entire unit with a wet cloth, and don’t forget the outdoor unit as well. Vacuum it at least once a year, using a soft-bristle nozzle. Be careful as the honeycomb on the condenser is usually made of soft material.
The most common component of air conditioners is the activated charcoal filter, which takes care of removing odors. This filter needs to be replaced during maintenance and should not be cleaned. The frequency of replacement is about once every six months, depending on how often and where the air conditioner is used.
Depending on the brand of air conditioner, you may also find filters that reduce the flow of organic matter in the air, some are even designed to eliminate bacteria and allergens. These filters also need to be replaced. While this is an additional expense associated with running an air conditioner, it is definitely worth changing this filter regularly if you have purchased such a high efficiency unit.
Have your air conditioner professionally serviced by professionals at SDAC Heating & Air Conditioning
The frequency of cleaning your air conditioner depends on the environment in which it is used, and the same goes for professional maintenance. In normal home conditions, once a year is enough, but if you use your air conditioner for cooling in summer and heating in winter, twice a year maintenance is recommended. In commercial companies, where the air conditioner depends on the technological processes or operation of machines, maintenance even 4 times a year is a common thing.
Don’t forget that regular maintenance of your A/C is very important to the efficient operation of your cooling equipment. We recommend that every homeowner in San Diego have their air conditioner serviced once a year without waiting for the season to begin.
Contact SDAC Heating & Air Conditioning to get a quality service. Our experts use professional equipment for diagnostics of air conditioners, allowing us to identify all problems. The technician will set up all the necessary settings to ensure reliable and uninterrupted operation of the A/C throughout the summer in San Diego County, CA.
Remember that regular maintenance of the air conditioner is much cheaper than urgent repairs. The process of diagnostics and maintenance will take no more than one hour. This service will not only ensure that the equipment operates at full capacity, but will also save money on repairs in the future.