Air conditioning is great when it's working smoothly but painful when it isn't. Avoid these 7 common mistakes to ensure you have years of hassle free operation of your air conditioning system.
1. Ignoring you air filter
The air filter is an essential piece of an air conditioning system. It keeps allergens, dust, and harmful contaminants from entering your home or air-conditioned space. After about 6 months or so, it is important to replace your air filter with a fresh, clean new one to allow for cleanliness and efficiency. Failing to replace your air filter can result in undue stress, inefficiency, and damage to your air conditioning unit. It not only can result in more dust and dirt in your home or space, but it can lead to costly air conditioner repairs later down the road.
2. Using the air conditioner when no one is home
In order to extend the longevity of your unit, be sure to only use the air conditioner when necessary. It is costly and inefficient to continually cool a space that is not in use. Not only will it lead to less money in your pocket, but it will also lead to more air conditioning repairs and maintenance. As hot as Darwin summers can be, if you’re not using the space, don’t leave the air conditioning unit on. The same is true for the middle of the night. Reducing the use of the air conditioning unit during the evening hours can extend the life of your air conditioning unit. It is less costly and more efficient to spend the extra time cooling the space back down to a comfortable temperature.
3. Not checking your drains
After the installation of your air conditioning unit, your providers at iChillAir will show you all of the important parts of your unit, including where the condensation will drain to. The condensation that builds up during the air conditioning process will likely drain into an already existing water drain. It is important to keep the drain cover clear of debris and build-up of any kind. Failing to check the condition of your drain can prove to be disastrous for your air conditioning unit and the surrounding area next to your unit whether it be flooring or ceiling. Air conditioning repair and repair to your home or space from water damage can be immensely expensive. Always check your drains for any debris, and don’t be afraid to have them inspected or cleaned.
4. Ignoring routine maintenance
Be sure to follow the recommended maintenance schedule given to you at the time of air conditioning installation. In addition to replacing the air filter and cleaning the unit, it is imperative to have regular air conditioning maintenance done by a professional. iChillAir offers maintenance technicians who perform a wide variety of services on units ranging from home and personal use and industrial and business units. Always follow the recommended maintenance schedule to avoid costly air conditioning repair in the future.
5. Avoiding replacement
As is true with all types of machinery, there will come a day when it is time to replace your air conditioning unit. While it is costly to replace and install and air conditioning unit, it is more costly in the long run to pay for the maintenance and repair of a faulty and dying air conditioning unit. Also, the further away the air conditioning unit is in terms of current technology, the more expensive it can be to properly dispose of the unit and replace it with a more efficient unit. Replacing an old unit with a more technologically advanced and efficient unit will not only save you money from repairs to your old unit, but the increased efficiency will probably result in smaller electric bills as well.
6. Installing the wrong sized unit
One size does not fit all when it comes to air conditioning units. While it may seem cheaper to select a smaller air conditioning unit, it may actually prove to be more costly as the smaller unit will have to work harder to cool the space than an air conditioning unit that is proportionate to the size of the space. At the time of air conditioning installation, our engineers and technicians will ensure that the unit you have selected is in the correct placement and is suitable to the size of the space. These factors are extremely important to not only your wallet but also the longevity of the unit.
7. Trying to repair the unit yourself
Unless you have the experience and expertise necessary to repair your air conditioning unit, please avoid trying to repair the unit yourself. Damage to the unit from attempts to repair it can result in more expensive air conditioning repair when it is assessed by a professional. Also, attempting to repair a unit yourself may affect the warranty associated with the air conditioning unit. To avoid the frustration of more costly repairs, just give your air conditioning service department a call and we’d be happy to assist you as quickly as possible.