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If you have an air conditioner in your home or your office, you should know that regular maintenance is the key to keep operating it at optimum efficiency. Without regular servicing and maintenance, your air conditioner won’t last long and you will have to replace it much earlier than expected. Needless to say, it will also add to your energy bills as an air conditioner that is not well maintained consumes a lot more energy as compared to a regularly serviced air conditioner. When it comes to servicing and maintenance, there are 2 options including the DIY maintenance and a professional technician.
Both these options have their own advantages. In this article, we will discuss whether it’s right to go the DIY or the professional technician route and why one is better for some tasks whereas the other method is better for other ones. Before we begin, we will discuss the various maintenance tasks that are necessary to keep your air conditioner running at optimum efficiency.
If you know anything about air-conditioners, you would know that there are different kinds of filters in an air-conditioning system. Some of the most common ones include the dirt filter, electrostatic filter and carbon filter among others. Some models also feature a few other filters but all the standard models include at least a dirt filter and an electrostatic filter. The dirt filter is usually washable and should be cleaned every 3 to 4 weeks. It’s easy to remove the dirt filter. You should run it under warm butter for a few minutes or brush it off in order to get rid of all the dirt and dust trapped in the filter. If you live in an area where there is a lot of dust in the environment, you might need to do it more frequently.
Similar to the dirty filter, the electrostatic filter can also be cleaned on your own. It is very easy to do that. The carbon filter can’t be just washed off and reused. It needs to be replaced every season. In most models, it’s relatively easy to replace the carbon filter but you will have to take a look at the manual of your air conditioning system to figure out how easy or difficult it is to replace the carbon filter. So, check the manual and if you can replace it easily following the directions, it’s better to do it on your own.
Cleaning and Servicing of the Components
An air-conditioning system is made up of many components such as the compressor, refrigerant gas, evaporator coils, valves, the electronic system for controlling various components and a whole lot of other things. All of these components need to work in tandem in order to work efficiently and deliver cold air.
Servicing and cleaning all these components requires access to a whole range of specialized tools and training. While the principle behind all the air conditioner models remains the same, the design of different models is different. Sometimes, the components are placed in a different manner inside the air-conditioning system. At other times, differently, design components are used in an air-conditioning system as compared to most other models. Therefore, without access to proper tools and necessary training, it can be difficult for someone who doesn’t have any experience in servicing air conditioners to do everything on their own. In such cases, it is essential for you to call a professional and let them do the servicing and cleaning.
Regular servicing of these components is essential. During the regular service, the professional technician will take a close look at all the components and make sure there is no problem with different components. In case there is a problem, they can fix it to ensure that your air conditioning system keeps working at its full efficiency. If the problem isn’t fixed at the earliest, it might cost you a lot more money in the long run as you will have to replace the damaged components. Therefore, it is better to pay for a professional technician with experience when it comes to servicing all the important components in an air-conditioning system.
Frequency of Servicing
The next most important thing you need to know about servicing and maintenance of an air-conditioning system is the frequency of service. Experts recommend getting your air conditioning system serviced at least once a year. If you live in a location where there is a lot of dirt and dust, you might want to get it serviced twice in a year in order to make sure every component keeps working as it should. Without regular servicing and maintenance, you won’t know if any of the components has developed a problem and when the problem isn’t fixed at the initial stages, it could grow into a much bigger issue leading to the replacement of those expensive components or of the whole system.
Choosing the Right Technician
One of the most common mistakes made by people when they are hiring a technician for servicing of the air-conditioning system is that they hire anyone who advertises their services as an air-conditioning technician without checking the credentials. More often than not, people look at the cost of servicing instead of the credentials of the technician. Their focus is on saving as much money as possible without understanding that hiring a cheap and inexperienced technician is going to add to the overall costs of maintaining the air-conditioning system.
One of the reasons experts recommend checking the credentials of the technician before hiring them is that inexperienced individuals who advertise their services as technicians without the necessary tools and experience are that they are unable to detect any problems at the initial stage. They will clean the air-conditioning system and perform some cursory checks to give you peace of mind that everything is working as it should. However, without the required tools, they are unable to detect any issues and that commonly leads to those small defects turning into big problems costing you a lot more money in the long run. Therefore, pay special attention to the credentials and qualification of the technicians.
One of the better ways to hire the services of the right technician is to search online or to ask for recommendations for a technician from your friends, neighbours and co-workers who have recently used the services of the technician. You might also want to search online in order to find technicians who serve your area. Once you have found a bunch of technicians, it is time to go online and search their reputation in terms of customer service, experience and other such important parameters. Do not let someone in your property without properly checking the credentials. Make sure they have many years of experience in dealing with the AC model you have.
Go to their website and check their credentials. Search for their name online and find what others are saying about them. Check their name on various social media networks and on your favourite search engine to discover real customer reviews. It will help you in ensuring that you are dealing with someone who is properly experienced and is likely to detect and fix any problems they find during the servicing.
It is also important to keep in mind that professional technicians cost a bit of money as compared to the cheap technicians who don’t really know anything and are only adept at cleaning the air conditioning systems. You should always remember that servicing an air-conditioning system means checking all the components to make sure everything is properly working properly.
To conclude, an air-conditioning system needs to be serviced regularly in order to keep it working at optimum efficiency. You should not ignore regular servicing of the air-conditioning system just to save a few bucks as it would cost you a lot more in the long run. Keep the above-mentioned tips in mind when hiring a service technician for the air-conditioning system to get the best value for your money.