Do you know? Every air conditioner is supposed to work for around 10-25 years. Don’t believe it? Well! This is what this study has to say. It’s not strange that your AC is working for about 2-3 years or asks for repair from time to time. So, here are some tips that will help you take care of your Air Conditioner.
We all want the long life of our gadgets and home appliances. But the truth is, we ignore too much to take care of them like our family members. The thing is, taking your machines for granted will not give them a long life.
So, if you are unaware of what all you can do? Here are some best tips. Read on. Also, while you read about taking good care of your AC, see what’s the difference between Split and Window AC.
1. Periodic service
This is like THE most taken-for-granted thing when it comes to taking care of your air conditioners. Now, doctors recommend us periodic body check up if everything is fine. There is a reason behind it, and that is to keep your health for long.
This exactly is the reason why experts recommend that people do a periodic checkup of their air conditioners. Irrespective whether your AC is old or new, belongs to the best company, or working fine for years. It still needs proper care.
Now, you must be wondering what time is the right time for your AC service. Well! As per the technicians, a period of 6 months is incredible. Besides, if your home attracts a lot of dusk or pollution, the service should be done every 3 months.
2. Prevent Coil dirt
The coil is the part that throws out cool air and absorbs the hot air from the room. Now, you need to make sure that the coil is properly clean. Disty coil is one of the biggest reasons why your AC is not cooling correctly.
Coil often has these chunks of dust that collect and blocks the way to exchange air. You can use mild coil cleaners that are specifically made for air conditioners. Talk about what to use, and you can also go for a simple blow dryer to clean these coils. But if the dust is not coming out quickly, DO NOT use any harsh things like acid, floor cleaner, or toilet cleaner.
One thing to keep in mind, while cleaning the coils that are in front of the air conditioner, you also need to clean the ones in front of the condenser. But that is the critical part. Hence, do it at the time of service.
3. Use a stabilizer
The reason why your air conditioner gives up quickly can be due to fluctuation in voltage. The electricity we have at our house can be unstable due to up and down in the voltage. This is why you need to invest in an excellent voltage stabilizer.
A stabilizer makes sure your AC receives stable power without any dripping because that can lead to the damaging of your system altogether. If not that, it can fluctuate the cooling capacity as well.
4. Know the right temperature
How many of you keep playing with the AC temperature just to get that cool air faster? I am sure many of you do that. But do you really think saving the temperature at the lowest (say 16-18) will freeze your room? It’s the biggest myth about air conditioners.
The air conditioner is there to make you feel comfortable. This is why it is necessary to know the temperature you feel comfortable at. For instance, people living in the sizzling summer of Delhi must keep their AC at about 24-25 degrees.
Once the correct temperature is set, try not to change it because it can put the load on the compressor. It diminishes the performance of the condenser leading to the short life span of your cooling machine.
Is the position of the condenser correct?
What do I mean by that? When we install our Air Conditioner system, we usually don’t care much about its position. But it is a significant factor that ensures the long life of your AC.
Always make sure your condenser is easy to reach. This point is necessary when it comes to AC services. Because sometimes, we hang it outside the building wall where there is no place to check the system. So, make sure it is reachable.
Your condenser should never face direct sunlight. Yes! This is the reason why your AC doesn’t work for long years. If it faces direct sunlight, which usually comes from the south, it increases the ambient AC temperature. Again this puts the load on the condenser and, after that, damaging it.
To prevent it, you can use a shed or simply invest in an outdoor sheet for AC. It not only ensures long life but is also generous to your electricity bill.
The perfect height of AC installation
Talking about installation, make sure your AC is not installed at too much height. Sometimes, people install it at the high of 11-14 feet in the room. This makes it hard for the AC to know if it has achieved the correct temperature or not. The reason being, cool air sets at the bottom, and hot air floats above it.
Always make sure you have it at up to 7-8 feet of height. This makes it easier for the service and aware the machine that it has achieved the right temperature.
Taking care of your air conditioner is not as hard as it may sound. It has so little to do with all the technical work. Just keep these few things in mind and be amazed by the rocking performance of your air conditioner. That too for years to come.
Rahul, an engineer by profession, has a knack for technology which brings him on board as a blogger with TechConsumer.com, a one-stop destination for information regarding gadgets, home tech, and tech reviews. When not in his techie-mind, you’d often see him cafe hopping and enjoying comedy shows.
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