Split system air conditioning maintenance
How often should I clean the filters in my air conditioner?
As a general rule, you should clean your air conditioner filters within the indoor unit every two weeks. In more dusty or polluted environments you should clean your filters more regularly.
Cleaning your filters is the most important maintenance task you can do to care for your air conditioner.
Blocked filters can reduce a system's efficiency significantly. Replacing a blocked-up filter with a clean one can lower your air conditioner's energy consumption by anywhere from 5% to 15%.
What maintenance is required from me for my new air conditioner?
At a minimum you need to clean and maintain your air conditioner's air filters, as any build-up of dust or dirt will restrict airflow and reduce the energy efficiency and capacity of your system.
Can the air filters in my air conditioner be replaced?
The filters in your indoor unit can be replaced. The procedure to remove and replace your filters can be found in the operation manual of your air conditioner.
Does an air conditioner ever need re-gassing?
Re-gassing an air conditioner will never be necessary if it is installed correctly.
However, if the pipe connections are not ÔflaredÕ (a type of compression fitting) properly or tightened to the correct torque, or if the pipes themselves degrade over time for some unforeseen reason, then they may leak, which is the most common cause of needing to re-gas an air conditioner.
Terms such as 'stale gas' or 'expired gas' are not something that occurs in air conditioning units.
If there is a gas leak in your air conditioning system it should be inspected by a qualified air conditioning technician.
What should I do in advance to make sure my air conditioner runs efficiently this summer?
Having your air conditioner checked each year by a qualified service technician, before the most extreme conditions of summer or winter set in is ideal for making sure your system will perform at its best.
Aside from this, remembering to keep the air filter clean and the outdoor unit free of leaves and debris are essential for ensuring your system operates at full capacity throughout the peak seasons.
How do I clean the air filters in my air conditioner?
The procedure to remove the 'fascia' (i.e. front panel) and access the filters of your indoor unit is found in the operation manual that comes with your air conditioner.
To clean the air filter, simply vacuum away any dust on the filter or wash the air filter with natural detergent thinned with lukewarm water, then allow the filter to dry outside in a shaded area.