HEALTH CHECK TIPS FOR YOUR AIR CONDITIONERMarch 2, 2017
Did you know that an expensive part of your air conditioning system sits outside exposed to the elements? This is known as the air conditioners condenser and it requires regular health checks and cleans just as much as the indoor components do. Two of the main hazards for our condensers living here on the Sunshine Coast are:
If foliage, pot plants, dead leaves, grass etc are allowed to build up around or on the condenser then the airflow to the system can be greatly reduced (blocked) ,reducing the systems ability to cool. This may then result in greater power usage and or breakdown of the air conditioning system.
As most of us here on the Sunshine Coast live close to the sea our air tends to be very moist and salty. Salt, if left to build up on the condenser will corrode the fan blades and coils, reducing the life expectancy of the air conditioning system.
So the simple ABC things you can do to improve your air conditioner condensers ability to function well and have a longer life expectancy are:
A. KEEP THE CONDENSER AREA CLEAR.
Remove all leaves, grasses and trim back plants from the area to prevent excessive dust and debris being sucked into the fans. Do not store anything on top of the condenser box. You could even run a vacuum cleaner over the condenser to remove any dust build up if you wish.
B. RINSE THE CONDENSER REGULARLY.
Using your garden hose, just rinse the condenser unit gently with water to remove any salt residue or build-up. This is something you can do when you have the hose out for washing the car or watering the garden.
C. BOOK IN A PREVENTATIVE AIR CONDITIONER MAINTENANCE SERVICE WITH THE COOL SHOP.
A regular professional service (at least once a year) is recommended by the manufacturers and is often required in order to meet warranty requirements. We can clean and treat the internal components of the condenser and check for any obstructions.
Ask us also about getting a rust prevention treatment applied to your condenser.