On a sweaty, hot day, there is nothing more blissful than a cold room that greets you as you step in. And in such times, air conditioners (ACs) are the saviour. It is needless to say that ACs are worth the investment in the scorching summer season.
While ACs can beat the heat with ease, they need proper and timely maintenance not just for a perfect cooling performance but also to save energy, extend their lifespan and to eliminate the need for early replacement, thus saving money.
To make sure that your split AC is running at its highest efficiency, you must pay regular attention to it. A proper servicing is needed once in a while; however, you can take precautionary measures mentioned below to keep it in good shape for a longer time.
Clean the Filters Regularly
Air conditioners have closely spaced fins which collect dust and dirt and keep the out flowing breeze clean. The anti-dust, anti-bacteria carbon filters keep the grime and dust from accumulating on these fins. Thus, help in keeping the air quality up to the mark.
If the filter is old, covered with dirt, and hasn’t been cleaned for a long time, it will negatively impact the cooling performance, reduce the air quality inside the room, and lower the energy efficiency of your AC. Unclean filters can affect your respiratory health as well.
Cleaning them at least once a month is suggested. It’s probably a ten-minute task. If you use disposable filters, you can simply replace them every month with a new one. If they are permanent, wash them regularly for an unmatched performance by your AC.
Keep the Evaporator Coils Dirt-Free
Evaporator coils are vital to the cooling performance of your split AC. They help run the dehumidification process and facilitate the cooling performance. They can get dirty if dust, particulates, and pollen stick to their surface.
A compromised evaporator coil can lead to reduced cooling, increase the energy consumption by as much as 40% and mess with the operating temperatures and pressures. It may damage other components, leading to a system malfunction.
You can clean the coils once a month (ideal) or once every three months. You can use direct compressed air to blow off the deposit covering them. You can also use a brush and sweep the dust and debris away. Or, you can hire a professional evaporator cleaning service.
Regularly Maintain the Condenser Coil
Air conditioners move heat energy via the evaporator coils to the refrigerant. As the coolness is pushed back inside your house, the heat energy is transferred to the condenser coils to be converted into vapour and pushed out.
If the condenser coil is flooded with dust, dirt, grains, and grime, it’ll affect the cooling functionality. The extracted heat from any room will require more power than usual to be pushed out of the appliance body.
Hosing the condenser unit with water can help clean it. You can also apply a store-bought cleaner to get the dust deposit out of the spiral structures before washing them with water.
Never Miss the Servicing Sessions
Even if you buy split air conditioners for your house and regularly take care of them, like cleaning the components, keeping them in good shape, etc., they still need to be checked by a professional technician. Many things could go wrong and yet skip your scrutiny.
- Leaking refrigerant
- Compromised airflow
- Malfunctioning electrical terminals
- Messed up heating or cooling systems
- Loose or dirty connections
- Rusty motors
- Wear and tear on belts
- Broken temperature control
A well-trained technician will recognize where to look for the fault, what to inspect, and how to fix it, much better than you. Even if the servicing reveals no significant damages or issues with your AC, you should ensure that the technicians follow protocol. They must check the refrigerant level. If it needs to be evacuated, they should capture the refrigerant and not release it into the atmosphere.
Clean the Air Conditioner Fins
These coil fins in your air conditioner are responsible for the smooth, obstruction-less flow of air in the inside and out of the AC.
However, they are delicate and can get clogged with dirt pretty quickly. That will restrict the airflow, make the AC work extra hard to cool the room and increase the energy consumption for the unit, thus resulting in a higher than usual electricity bill.
Pay Attention to the Signs of Distress
If you have noticed lowering performance of your split AC and higher bills, there’s probably something wrong with it. Even so, be on the lookout for mouldy smells, bumping noises, dirt stripes on the grills, and other similar signs so that you can spot any kind of problems early.
Intex split ACs come with anti-bacteria carbon filter, Catechin filters, dehumidification, turbo cool, and auto swing functions. It’s easier to clean and the service centers offer expert care at regular intervals with the promise of timely service. Making, owning an Intex appliance affordable and efficient.