Maintaining your home’s air conditioning system, whether it’s a ducted or a split system unit, is essential for optimal efficiency and ensuring a longer lifespan. With a hot Brisbane summer ahead of us and increasing energy bills, ensuring you are getting the best out of your air conditioning is essential. But how do you know when it’s time for an air conditioning service?

Read on as we look at signs that it’s time to bring in the professionals to service your air conditioner and why this maintenance is crucial.

The Importance of Regular Filter Cleaning

One of the simplest and best ways to keep your air conditioner top-notch is to clean the filters regularly. Clean filters ensure that your air conditioner can function efficiently which reduces running costs. It also extends its lifespan while providing cleaner and healthier air for you and your family to breathe.

Here’s why filter maintenance is so important:

  • Improved Airflow: Dirty and clogged filters restrict airflow, which causes the air conditioner to work harder, which reduces its efficiency.
  • Fan Performance: Reduced airflow affects the fan’s performance, impacting the cooling or heating of the indoor coil and potentially causing system faults.
  • Maintenance Frequency: Depending on how much you use your air conditioner, we recommend cleaning your filters every two to four weeks during periods of regular use such as the middle of the summer usage.

If it has been a year or more since your air conditioner was installed, consider scheduling a service with a professional air conditioning technician. A well-maintained air conditioning system not only cools your home more effectively but also extends its operational life.

Signs That Its Time to Service Your Air Conditioner 

How do you know when it’s time for a service? Pay attention and look out for these signs:

Indoor Unit:

  1. Dust Accumulation: If you can see dust accumulating on the louvres or the ceiling vents, this is a clear sign that your air conditioner needs some TLC.
  2. Reduced Performance: If your air conditioner is struggling to maintain the desired temperature during hot weather, it’s time for a service.
  3. Insufficient Airflow: If your air conditioner appears to have reduced airflow, it can be a sign of clogged filters or other issues.
  4. Unusual Noises: Whistling noises or unusual sounds coming from your air conditioner may be a sign of a problem. It is best to book an air conditioning service.
  5. Odours: An unpleasant odour may indicate mould or other contaminants in the unit. This sign is very important to monitor as breathing in the mould is harmful to your health.

What Happens During a Service?

When you decide it’s time for a service, here’s what you can expect a qualified technician to do, depending on your system:

  • Filter Cleaning: Cleaning or replacement of filters.
  • Fan Blade Inspection: Checking and cleaning the fan blades if necessary.
  • Indoor Coil Cleaning: Cleaning the indoor coil if it’s dirty.
  • Drain Flushing: Ensuring drains are clear.
  • Facia and Grille Cleaning: Cleaning these components as applicable to your system type.
  • Outdoor Coil Cleaning: Cleaning the outdoor coil.
  • Wiring Inspection: Checking wiring connections for tightness.
  • Refrigeration Operation: Verifying the refrigeration system’s operation.

If you’re considering a new air conditioning system, keep an eye out for features that simplify maintenance, such as dual barrier coatings designed to reduce dust and dirt accumulation.

A regular service of your air conditioning system is crucial in ensuring it operates efficiently. By paying attention to signs like reduced performance, unusual noises, and dust accumulation, you can identify when it’s time for a service to allow your air conditioner to keep you cool efficiently.

Don’t hesitate to contact Southside Air Conditioning and Electrical to keep your air conditioner running smoothly. Proper maintenance ensures that you’ll stay cool and comfortable all summer long. Contact one of our friendly team members today to book your air conditioning service.