Tips on how to avoid costly air conditioning repair
Air conditioning is one of the most expensive investments anyone has to make. And if there is a problem with it, everyone stops. Due to global warming and health issues, we humans can’t tolerate the excessive heat we are experiencing these days.
So you bought an air-conditioning unit. How can you be sure it will run continuously at its maximum capacity with minimal power costs? Below are some tips that came from old school engineers and new innovative technologies guaranteed to let you avoid expensive air-conditioning repair:
- Keep the A/C unit clean: Small window type A/C units have filters at the front. It is easy to clean those. It will surely help if you clean them every month. Not only you are maintaining the air quality of your room, but you are also helping your A/C blower to move more freely and be cool as well (clogged fans may overheat)
- Provide a maintenance program: This is another important decision that you must perform if you have bought an A/C unit. Qualified maintenance personnel will thoroughly clean the unit and even check the parts for wear and tear. This is called preventive maintenance. This is very important if you have large centralized units installed. For small window-type units, you can do it every 6 months if you use your A/C always.
- If your A/C is old, change it: Some of us are simply nostalgic when we have these old A/C units working for us. And some do not have the time to replace it also. But whatever the reason is, if it is over 20 years old, better change it completely. Yes, it is an expensive and time-consuming process. But we are pretty sure that the new unit will run for another 20 years, and, it will save more on power costs. One more thing, if your old A/C unit has broken parts, chances are, it is already obsolete and replacing them with replacement parts is a big gamble.
- Observe, observe, observe: Some clients will not care for their A/C unit is installed. As long as it keeps them cool, that’s enough. But we have to be mindful of our A/C unit as it is the only equipment that is installed by another person, and it is different from LCD TVs or refrigerators where we can plug and use it on our own. So the only thing for the client to do is to observe very carefully. After the unit is installed and under operation, he or she must try to check for any abnormalities like sound, water droplets, improper cooling or heating, even vibration. So if you notice something, report it immediately to your contractor/installer, no matter how small it is.
- Assign a trained user or operator for your A/C unit: large corporations assign an operator to operate their A/C unit. This can be done in our homes as well. You can assign someone from your family who is trained by your installer to operate the A/C unit. A few clicks with Google can enlighten us on how to operate our A/C unit also. The one the control’s the A/C, which is the thermostat, may become defective if it is not used properly, and this small device is costly, and contractors also charge high fees on its installation.