Air conditioning units are important, if not essential, home appliances. More so, it is among the most expensive appliance inside our home. That is why it is but necessary to take extra care of them. On the following paragraphs below, I will provide some helpful tips to help you maintain and prolong the life of your AC Units. The need for air conditioning varies from continent to continent. In some parts of the world, air conditioning is a luxury while in others it is a necessity. But no matter what your need is, whether your AC units are essentials or luxuries these tips will help you get many hours of cool air from them.
* Safety First.
Before starting any electrical repairs or maintenance, always make sure that the unit is unplugged. Turn off the power source and unplug any electrical outlet. Move the unit away from the wall and position in a place where you can move freely. See to it that it is placed in a level surface and stable.
* Schedule regular cleaning of AC unit.
Proper cleaning involves removing the panel that covers the top and sides. You can make this part of your daily routine (for window type AC units), especially if is placed in your bedroom. To clean the panel covers and filters, use brush, soap and running water to scrub off dust and other particles. You can also, wash or replace the filter and use a garden hose to clean off the fins on the backside of the unit. Use a fin comb to straighten any bent fins. Also, clean out the drain ports so that the unit won’t leak. Sometimes dust and particle build-ups clog these ports, so you have to remove any to avoid leakage. Thorough cleaning must be done by a professional AC repair/cleaning service every 3 months.
* Schedule regular check-up of electrical cords.
If the power cord is frayed, worn, chewed, or otherwise damaged, immediately replace them. Electrical concerns like these can cause fire, so monitoring them will not only save your AC unit but most importantly your life. For countries with varied seasons, you can remove the window AC unit from the wall and store it. This is also the best time to do a thorough cleanup of the air condition unit. Perform all the steps above, let the unit dry completely and store in a secure place. Make sure the unit is positioned upright and cover it with a drop cloth or other suitable item, to keep out dust.