Getting your air conditioner serviced is one of the most beneficial investments you can make on your air conditioner. This might seem odd since you are spending money to get it serviced but in a real sense you are getting much more value. For example, there are a couple of problems which can occur to any air conditioner such as refrigerant leaks, broken seals (common in window air conditioners), drainage problems, and airflow problems. These are mainly caused by improper operation of the air conditioners or improper installation of the units by contractors. All of the complications and problems in such a system can be fixed by doing a simple air conditioner service. Some of these problems can be avoided by the user such as an improper operation. How is this so?
Improper operation of the air conditioner
There is a huge number of air conditioner users who do not know how to use them properly. Sure they know how the machine works and how to change the settings for such. Beyond that, they are clueless. Did you know that you should close your doors and windows when the air conditioner is on? Yes, the openings to the outside should be closed when the air conditioner is in operation. This is to keep the cool air inside the room. It also helps a lot in saving energy. The problem caused by this incorrect operation is that more dust accumulates in the filters and requires regular cleaning.
Other common problems affecting air conditioners are;
Improper installation of units
Some problems arise from the improper installation of air conditioners. The cause of these problems is the fact that installations are sometimes handled by untrained HVAC servicemen or negligent workers. For instance, when installing a central air conditioner, it is crucial to getting it right. Otherwise, you risk having ducts that leak and this lowers the performance and more importantly the efficiency of the air conditioner. Window air conditioners can also bring airflow problems when the seal on the window isn't properly fitted. Qualified air conditioner service persons have reported that failure to install the units properly causes a loss in efficiency.
Leaking of the refrigerant
The refrigerant is a very important part of an air conditioner. It takes away heat from the warm air and makes it cooler for circulation. Refrigerant leaks are the most common problems and can be solved by fixing the leak. Another problem arises when it comes to charging the refrigerant. Some technicians will put too little fluid while some will put too much. Both these scenarios cause a loss in the efficiency of the air conditioner. The refrigerant charge should be as close as possible to the manufacturer specifications.
The fan and the compressor in an AC can degenerate/ break down after a while due to constant operation. You can also find yourself with corroded wires in the machine and other problems such as a non-working thermostat. All these can be fixed by a simple air conditioner service.
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