During summer, it is impossible to stay without a proper air conditioner. If you are looking for some air conditioner then you must know few things about their maintenance, installation and energy consumption level. There are various types of air conditioners available in the market such as window, split and ducted air conditioner and you need to choose the perfect one according to the area of your home. Apart from that you need to check the power consumption of the air conditioner and choose an inbuilt stabilizer model for your home or office.
Types of Air Conditioning Systems:
- Window air conditioner: This AC is the most commonly used air conditioner for single rooms. Here the compressor, condenser, expansion valve or coil, evaporator and cooling coil are all enclosed in a single box.
- Split air conditioner: As the name suggests this AC comprises two parts: the outdoor unit and the indoor unit. The outdoor unit fitted outside the room and has the compressor, condenser and expansion valve in it. The indoor unit comprises the cooling coil and the cooling fan.
- Central Air Conditioning Plants: AS the name suggests this is one installation where ducts are available and set up in various rooms and it cools the entire place.
- Packaged Air Conditioners: if you want to cool more than two rooms or a larger space at your home or office this AC is recommended.
How do you Maintain your Air Conditioner?
Ensure the AC is turned off either prior to start the cleaning.
- In the AC you will find a small copper pipe connecting the unit to the house. Touch it. If it feels hot, it means that the unit’s coils are most probably dirty and need to be washed.
- Since this is an outside unit, it may have dried leaves and debris. Clean it before you start to service.
- Remove the cover of the AC unit, and locate the air conditioner coils. Keep a soft brush handy so you can brush any dirt and debris off.
- It is a good idea to cover the motor and wiring with a plastic sheet.
- Clean up the fins, coils and inside of the unit.
Things to keep ready: Thermometer
- Turn the unit on to check if the unit has turned on and the place is cooling. If the unit doesn’t run, call a technician.
- Pay attention to any strange noises while the unit runs. If you hear any hard noise the unit’s motor and belts may need lubricating or may have to be replaced depending on the condition.
- Leave the thermometer in the room for a few minutes.
- Make sure all the rooms are conditioned equally.
- Check if there is any water dripping anywhere by the air return or unit outside. If it does, method 3 will help you with diagnosing and probably fixing it too.
Fix Pooling Water Issues
Look for the drain where the water condensation should be draining into. You will find a floor drain near the condensation pipe, located by the air conditioner central unit. Clean the drain of any dust or debris if you see water pooling on top of it. You can pour water into the condensation drain pan and check if the condensation pump starts working. If the pump doesn’t remove the water, then the drain pan could be overfilling. You will need a technicians help to replace the pump.
For more details about the installation of your air conditioner and maintenance, you can ask the manufacturer’s company and they will assist you in a proper way.