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One of the common problems that we entertain from a client is an air conditioning unit that emits hot air instead of cold. This state does not happen overnight, though. When an air conditioner starts to blow hot air, it usually signals the need for aircon gas topping. This often comes as a shock to most aircon owners, not realizing the extent of the problems.
To avoid this from happening to your own AC unit, let’s take a look at the common myths around aircon gas topping and see how you can better keep the performance of your air conditioner to an optimum. Myths about aircon gas topping have likewise prevented many owners to address the main cause of the problems with their aircon.
Here are the 7 myths about aircon gas topping.
1. Basic Aircon Maintenance Does Not Cover It
Aircon specialists may often tell you what is wrong with your air conditioner, and this includes the need to top up your refrigerant gas. This is especially true if the complaints include poor cooling efficiency or worse blowing our warm air. This means that aircon gas topping is actually covered by your routine aircon service maintenance. Most people may have missed this step or have not fully grasped what it means when the specialist mentions this. If there are no leaks or corrosion from your air conditioner yet, then this may not entail major costs for you, as well, making this part of the service unnoticeable.
2. My aircon is still new, it does not need aircon gas topping
Aircon gas topping is recommended to be done annually. Therefore, no air conditioner is new enough for it especially if it is being used every day. Not all AC have the same maintenance requirements, too. Several factors come into play including your location, the profile of the area where the aircon is being used, as well as the frequency of usage. Regardless of how new the aircon is, these factors will affect the state of your refrigerant, thus requiring maintenance and check-up by an aircon specialist.
3. Aircon gas topping can be done DIY-style
We understand the tendency to self-diagnose our appliances each time something goes wrong. This can definitely be done for air conditioners, especially when simple cleaning or dusting off is necessary. While there are parts of the air conditioner that can easily be reached and disassembled, the cooling system and parts are those that should be better off left with a professional aircon specialist. For instance, part of a comprehensive maintenance is checking the pressure of the gas coolant. Unless you have been working with different types of air conditioners for a quite some time, this is something that cannot be easily done with DIY routines. Finally, resulting to DIY maintenance may lead to more damage to your aircon.
4. Aircon Gas Topping is not energy-saving
So, your air conditioner is already labeled as Energy-Saving, so why the need to still do aircon gas topping? Much of the aircon’s energy efficiency depends on the state of your coolant. Aircon gas topping keeps your refrigerant in top shape, allowing it to work more efficiently. You will notice this with how fast your aircon cools your room and achieves the desired temperature. This alone will already have an impact on your energy consumption. With an optimal coolant, your aircon does not need to work too hard to cool the area, thus also consuming less energy. One way to do this is to top up your aircon gas. The possible expense of this service is nothing compared to the money you will save from electrical consumption.
5. My aircon is fine without top-up
This is a dangerous myth to believe. Leaking gas from the aircon can be life-threatening. Although this is unlikely to happen in most cases, it is still important to be mindful of this important part of your air conditioner to prevent any untoward accidents. While the aircon can definitely continue to function, its efficiency will also be greatly compromised. This is the reason why some people experience hot air coming out of their aircon.
6. Low gas level is not urgent
It’s not something that can be seen like dust accumulating on the filter, or some bad small coming off from the fan. However, the low gas level of your aircon is still an immediate concern. An aircon running on low gas could spell more trouble the longer you wait. This means that instead of a simple maintenance, you may be up for a costly repair if you wait for it to be looked into by a professional longer.
7. Old aircon work with low gas
As previously mentioned, even newer aircon need to be checked for aircon gas topping. This also means that just because an aircon has been around for more than five years it has already been working with a lower gas level. And old aircon that still functions well is most likely well-maintained, that includes the regular gas topping required. No aircon, new or old can continue to work efficiently without a well-maintained refrigerant.
Importance of Aircon Gas Topping
Aircon Gas Topping is one of the best ways to keep an air conditioner in its best shape. That means fast and superior cooling and less operating noise. It also prevents any leakage from the coolant, which can be harmful to humans when emitted from the AC.
Fortunately, aircon gas topping is a common service, which is already included in routine maintenance. With regular check-ups by an aircon specialist, you can be sure that your refrigerant is running with the ideal gas levels.