The Importance Of Maintaining An Air Conditioner
The air conditioner is an essential tool to cool a house in the summer. To operate, air conditioning circulates the ambient air through a refrigerant, directs fresh air into the house and releases heat from the warm air outside the building.
Cleaning and regular maintenance of your air conditioners are therefore essential, for several reasons:
- They make it possible to avoid vitiating your indoor air,
- They ensure the proper functioning of the air conditioning and avoid its decline in efficiency,
- They guarantee the longevity of your equipment, limiting the risk of breakdown and malfunction.
The good news? The maintenance of a home air conditioning is often very simple, as we will see together. The day-to-day maintenance of an air conditioner does not require any prior know-how. This is a fairly simple task, which can easily be incorporated into your household routine.
Cleaning an air conditioning
To clean an Intec air conditioner, it is important to pay attention to the filters, and the condition of the indoor and outdoor units.
Here are the different stages of cleaning:
1) Cleaning the filters of an air conditioner
First, always keep the filters clean. They are the ones who tend to accumulate dust, and which guarantee the quality of the air.
Here’s how to clean up the filters from top to bottom:
- Turn off the air conditioner and remove the filters for cleaning,
- Vacuum the filter to remove the bulk of the dust,
- Then clean the filters with a cloth soaked in soapy water (use a few drops of dishwashing liquid in the water),
- Let the filter dry,
- Reposition the filter once it is completely dry.
- It is advisable to clean the filters once or twice a month (when the device is in use). When the filter is in poor condition, or after a long period of non-use, it is advisable to replace it.
- If the appliance gives off bad odors, consider replacing the charcoal filter (which has a deodorizing effect).
- Do not forget to consult the manual of your home air conditioning for the frequency of filter replacement.
2) Cleaning the indoor units
Dust does not accumulate only in the filters of an air conditioner. It can also be present elsewhere on the indoor unit. Therefore, it is important to clean it regularly.
Cleaning an air conditioning unit is as follows:
Turn off the device. Rub a slightly damp sponge on the entire unit, including hoses and cables. Do not use aggressive household products: if necessary, there are some special maintenance products for air conditioners. Insist on the air outlets, always using a damp sponge. Check that no dust has accumulated. Use a dry cloth to wipe it off. The cleaning of the indoor unit is done at least twice a year, and as soon as it is necessary.
3) Cleaning the outdoor unit
One last possible source of “pollution” for the air-conditioning of a home is the outdoor unit. This is a sensitive part because it is directly exposed to leaves and other aerial waste. It is especially important to clean the outdoor unit after a long period of inactivity of the air conditioning. For this, you will follow the following steps:
- Turn off the device,
- Check that no leaves disturb the vents,
- Empty the condensate pan and clean it with a damp cloth
- Clean the outdoor unit with a slightly damp sponge.
As told by split air conditioner manufacturers in India, the cleaning of the outdoor unit must be done at least twice a year, including one before switching on the appliance. Check the vents regularly to make sure nothing is clogging the unit.