- December 12, 2014
- Posted by: Gareth Whalley
- Category: Latest News & Blog
It’s paramount that all air conditioners are regularly maintained. Not only will this allow for optimal efficiency but, will also enable you to identify any potential issues before they arise. When conducted properly, preventative maintenance may save you considerable financial outlays in the future.
The typical lifespan of an air conditioner is eleven to fourteen years. With sufficient maintenance, air conditioners can run even longer without the need for replacement.
Commercial Air Conditioning
It’s important to understand the usage output of your air conditioner. If you use the technology consistently, you will need to identify the times of the year when the output is at its greatest. For most, this is throughout the summer months. It is during this period (or immediately before) that you should pay particular attention to its performance, identifying any issues and resolving them early.
The cool air should flow through the premises. However, should you be concerned, there are three simple preventative measures that you can take to ensure optimal comfort.
Step One – Check the Outdoor Units
Conducting a routine inspection of the outdoor units is essential. If you’re not well-versed with how to manage this, then employing the skills of a reputable professional like Sovereign is a wise decision!
When you’re in front of the outdoor unit you will need to carefully assess the following: the amount of refrigerant, the amount of debris, the drain openings, coil and fan blades. If you identify a substantial amount of clogged debris or wear and tear, these issues will need to be addressed. If you’re not sure what you’re looking for then it’s ALWAYS advisable to call the professionals in to service your air conditioning unit!
Have a quick look at the wiring, as well as any related accessories and connections, but avoid touching it where possible. If you can see any obvious indications of wear and tear, contact us straight away.
Step Two – Inspect the Indoor Units
Making sure that the blower wheels and motor are clean and free of debris with a sufficient amount of lubrication is essential to ensuring sound functionality. It’s paramount that the combustion blower is allowed to operate freely.
Remember to carefully inspect the furnaces and make sure that they are free of gas leaks. This will allow the air conditioning unit to function with ease. Should your system have a heating facility, the ignition systems and additional safety elements should be well-maintained by a professional.
The flue should be properly attached to the furnace. Be wary of any dislocated elements or corrosion. Should you spot any of these issues, they will need to be addressed by a trained professional, like us here at Sovereign.
The final check to conduct is to make sure that air filters are clear of any dirt and debris and that the wiring connections are each suitably affixed. Once each of these inspections has been completed you should have a fully operational system.
Step Three – Inspect the System whilst it’s Operating
Once all the checks have been completed and any issues resolved, the system needs to be reviewed whilst in operation. This will give an accurate gauge of whether your air conditioning is operating to optimal efficiency. Finally, measure the temperature and adjust the airflow accordingly. Make sure to check the vents or openings to judge proper airflow.
It’s paramount that you ask a professional air conditioning technician to complete any preventative maintenance. This will give you peace of mind, and allow you to identify any issues before they evolve into something that may end up costing you significant financial outlay.