Do you think it’s time to clean your home’s air conditioning system already? If so, then you must be trying to learn how to go about the cleaning process. For many people, they would go the DIY way and probably look for guides and instructions and available online. But should you hire someone to clean your AC? Or should you attempt to do it on your own?
Truth be told, basic cleaning of the AC such as cleaning out the AC filter is pretty easy and can be done even without professional help. However, there are also AC cleaning procedures that require knowledge, expertise, and some special equipment as well. Now since you will most likely be able to find step by step cleaning guides online or even on your AC’s manual if you have managed to keep it over the years, you might be tempted to just do it on your own to save a few dollars for cleaning services.
Here’s an important factor to consider. You must first try to check the warranty terms and conditions of your AC. Sometimes, some brands require professional or licensed AC contractors to do the AC maintenance and cleaning for you. Going the DIY might otherwise void the warranty of your AC. And that could mean even more expensive repairs in the future when your AC becomes faulty.
Furthermore, while everything about AC maintenance seems pretty simple, actually cleaning your AC on your own and putting those steps into action might be a little bit challenging. Sure, the AC filter cleaning part might be easy, but the other things you must clean and inspect to ensure that they are working properly such as coils and condensers, fins, and so on, requires expertise and knowledge – things that can’t easily be learned after spending a few minutes reading about them online.
Your AC is not just a household appliance. It is the unit that maintains the temperature of the house when it is prickly hot outside. For the optimum use of AC, it is crucial to maintain and keep its filters, coils, and fins in good condition. Let us look at some of the points for AC maintenance practices at home. Neglecting their proper care can lead to ineffective cooling and high repairing cost.
- Filters: Routinely replacing and cleaning the filters is crucial for the effective working of the AC. Filter sucks in the air and dirt with it, which gets accumulated on it. The dirt clogs the filters making it challenging to suck on the air, which adds pressure on the compressor as it has to work harder. In short, a clogged filter may bring down the entire unit.
- Coils: AC has two types of coils – evaporator coil and condenser coil – that collect dirt over the time of usage. A clean filter prevents the evaporator coil from soiling; however, the evaporator coil can still collect dirt. The dirt thus accumulated may reduce the airflow and reduce the AC’s capability to absorb heat. The coil is located in the outer unit of the AC. It can also get dirty from the outdoor air. The condenser coil is easily viewable from the outside, and you can know by looking at them if they are dirty and requires cleaning.
- Fins: The aluminum fins on evaporator and condenser coils are easily bent and can block airflow through the coil.
You must maintain your inverter AC periodically. Keeping the AC parts clean, you can ensure the effective working of the entire unit. Still, if you find it hard to service and maintain it by yourself, you can always call a professional for the AC service. The expert will look at the AC and do the quick repair for the AC to operate smoothly throughout the season.