Air conditioning is one of the many comforts we use during the summer months. These devices allow us to keep cool and relaxed during the hottest days of the year, but they also require responsible use and regular maintenance to ensure their proper operation.
You want to avoid having to deal with a broken air conditioner. We have prepared a list of tips to help you properly maintain your air conditioning in the summer.
Keep the outside of the air conditioner clean and clear
One of the easiest ways to make air conditioning work effectively is to make sure its exterior is clean of any excess plants or trash that could accumulate. If the airflow path is kept clear, the air will enter more efficiently, consume less energy and prevent the unit overheating.
It is common to find bicycles, garbage containers and other large objects near the places where the outdoor unit of an air conditioner is located. Therefore, it is important that these objects be relocated a few meters away from the unit to avoid blocking the airflow.
Clean and change filters
Air conditioning filters prevent dust, pollen and other particles from entering our homes. When they get dirty, in addition to presenting a health risk, they can cause air conditioning problems such as freezing and over-working.
It is advisable to change these filters every month, which can be easily achieved by knowing the brand and model of the air conditioning.
Additionally, it is important to check the condition of the filters every few weeks and clean them with water, pressurised air and a soft-bristle brush to avoid damaging them.
Turn off the air conditioner at night
The summer heat can tempt us to use the air conditioner more than we need. Overuse can affect its performance and represent a significant increase in energy consumption.
For example, as the night approaches the air outside can grow colder and the cool breeze felt just by opening a window. Turning off the air conditioning during summer nights will guarantee that it will work properly when you really need it during scorching days.
Check that you have coolant gas
Air conditioners use gas to cool the air; therefore, if the gas level reaches zero, they will stop cooling. Weeks before the beginning of the summer it is recommended that you check if your device has enough gas to operate during the next couple of months.
In case the gas level is very low, it is advisable to call an expert to recharge it.
Clean the condensate drain
During the operation of the air conditioning, water is generated, which is why these devices have a tube that allows the liquid to flow out of the unit. Because this flow is somewhat slow, algae tend to grow, and it is simple for the pipe to be blocked by this or any other foreign agent, causing problems such as water starting to run inside homes.
To avoid this, it is necessary to check the pipeline from time to time and uncover it if we see something that could obstruct the passage of water.
These tips will ensure that you have a cool summer without worrying that your air conditioner will suddenly stop working. In addition, you are consuming much less energy, which translates to savings and good news for the environment.
While you can perform this maintenance on your own, it is always advisable to consult with an expert so as not to damage the equipment.
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