Did you know that the average Australian household consumes 6.5KWh per year? That takes up $1,500-2,500 of your annual budget. There is no surprise why many of us tend to draw back from using air conditioners too often. However, during very hot weathers, it immediately becomes a daily necessity. So, how do you go about your initial plan on lessening its usage?
There are little known facts you need to know in order to keep out of financial downfalls. Facts that give you solutions. What is worse than allotting a huge monthly budget for your electricity is the need to pay for major air conditioning repairs.
What you did not know about these units, whether it is a typical air conditioning unit or evaporative cooling system, is that a good maintenance plan could save you from the usual heart-aching bill. If you want to start using your air conditioning unit abundantly without fearing its cost, read on for enlightening information.
Fact #1: HVAC maintenance is not intended to take more from your monthly budget, but rather helps you save from one-time repair or replacement costs. The more you invest in low-cost regular maintenance checkups, the lesser chances of making a huge cash-out once your air conditioning system breaks down.
Fact #2: Maintenance plans will give you a higher return on your investment, which means saving you from higher bills. Therefore, you should prepare a maintenance plan that can compensate with your monthly budget allotment for electricity.
Parts of a typical air conditioner
Now, if you think you deserve the comfort of using an efficient air conditioner without breaking the bank, follow this 10-step maintenance plan:
This is found outside of the house. It functions as a heat condenser, which lets the fan blow off the heat through the coils. Take out leaves and particles that trap the heat from flowing out of the unit.
Filters work just as any filter should—avoid dirt from passing through. It is already known that your HVAC system contains a filter to keep dust from contaminating the coils of the evaporator. However, if the filter contains too much dirt, it wouldn’t work efficiently as it should. See to it that you reserve one day every month to clean it.
If the air doesn’t seem to be flowing efficiently, see if the coils of the evaporator are filled with dirt. Use a vacuum cleaner to suck in all the dirt that is covering the air passage.
Ducts are easily exposed to different bacteria in the room. It is important to have yours removed and washed regularly. A bowl of warm water with 3 drops of dishwashing liquid is enough to clean the entire duct. Make sure your ducts are screwed tightly in place once they are clean and dry.
5. Remote control
Though this does not need maintenance, but it will definitely help if you learn the function of each button. Modern air conditioners have energy-saving features that are very useful in reducing electricity usage. Moreover, if you do not usually use the remote, remove the batteries to prevent them from corroding.
6. Coil fins
The aluminum fins on evaporator and condenser coils are easily bent, blocking airflow from passing through the coil. You may use a flat screwdriver or a fin comb to straighten these delicate fins. You can also use an old hairbrush to comb away grass that has grown between the fins overtime.
7. Drain line
The condensate drain may be blocked with algae, therefore, preventing proper drainage. The secret to preventing clogs is removing the plug and pouring six ounces of vinegar into the pipe. Ordinary white vinegar will successfully kill algae that have grown in the pipe.
The compressor of your conditioning unit works as a heat blower, which releases the congested heat inside the unit. It cannot work in its full potential if there are debris and dirt getting in the way. In order to allow air to flow smoothly, put away anything that’s blocking the compressor fins.
When removing the blower, see to it that you remember how the bolts were attached. A good cleaning solution for this only requires a half cup of bleach and a gallon of water. Use a cloth to wipe away the dirt using the solution and let it dry up before putting it back in place.
Certain parts like the fan and motor bearings need to be lubricated to prevent them from malfunctioning and causing rough sounds. You may buy one at any hardware store.
Before doing any of these maintenance tips, make sure to turn off and unplug the unit to avoid electric accidents.
After doing these on a regular basis, you will eventually see how much you have invested. It is certainly wise to choose maintenance over unprepared payments due to damages and repairs.