Homes are heating up!
Not surprisingly, many people have already switched on their air conditioning units a little earlier than usual this year, and if this speaks anything for the summer to come, then we’re in for a very warm one indeed.
Before you start turning to your air conditioning unit for comfort this season, it’s important to check whether it’s up to the job. If you, like many others, forget to tune your air conditioning unit or have serviced by a professional, the lead up to hotter days is the best time to get prepared.
You may have noticed your air conditioning unit displaying some of the following dysfunctions:
- Not feeling as cold as it may have previously
- No cool air trajectory
- Funny smells
- Funny noises
- Not responding to remote control commands
- More expensive to run than last season
If you’ve noticed any of the above problems, these are all signs that it’s been too long in between installation and a check-up. It’s certainly time to consider servicing your air conditioner.
Safe & Sure Electricians & Air Conditioning have serviced the Brisbane area and beyond for many years, and we specialise in the servicing of air conditioning units of all makes and models. If you need a professional to diagnose the problem, we can help.
It can be useful to look at some of the problems your air conditioner has, before getting it serviced. Below, we look at just some of the things that can go wrong and how your professional will treat them.
I don’t think my air conditioner is evenly distributing cool air. It feels cold on one side of the house but not the other!
You might notice your air conditioner trajectory moves from left to right when cooling your home. When this action fails, your air conditioner is only cooling one area of the home, which is ineffective.
This often comes down to the balance system in your appliance. It’s actually a problem that can be fixed quickly with the help of your professional. If you’ve installed ducted cooling, the problem may be attributed to the mechanics of your duct map.
If you have any doubt as to what the problem is, switch off your cooler and be certain to ask for help. It’s always best to call your professional in.
My air conditioning unit keeps switching on and off. What’s wrong with it?
What kind of air conditioning unit do you own? If you have a split system, which sucks in debris and dust in the air, it may be a filtration problem. Debris should be filtered, but sometimes gets stuck in the motor, causing it to overheat.
Your air conditioning unit is turning off because it’s trying not to overheat. You can also check your external motor and fan for clues about whether this is happening. If twigs, dirt, or debris become lodged in the motor or fan in an external system, the same problems can occur.
If this happens, switch off your unit at the source and don’t turn it back on until you’ve had it assessed. This is definitely a job for a professional.
My air conditioning unit worked great last season, but when I turn it on now, it doesn’t feel cold?
This is likely to be a thermostat problem. If your evaporator is dirty, then this conflicts with the machines ability to do its job.
You’ll need someone to look at the evaporator to see if it is dirty. It’s also possible, that your air conditioning unit is too small for your home. Running an appliance not suited to the size of your needs causes it to overwork, which encourages breakdowns.
If your unit is too small, we are happy to recommend an alternative that can do the job well.
How can I save money on my air conditioning unit? It seems to be costing more money than ever.
Like many household appliances, heavy expenses can be the product of improper use. The cost-saving measures that can be applied to the use of your air conditioning unit can really save you money and use less energy.
Basic ways to ensure your air conditioner costs don’t become a problem include making sure the unit is never turned on while doors and windows are open. Before you turn to the help of your air conditioner, make sure there are no doors left open, and all windows are closed.
It’s a great idea to check for draughty spots and use a door snake to block warm air on it’s way in. These are the most effective ways to keep costs down when running your air conditioning unit, and can really boost the chill factor and make a significant difference to the temperature in your home.
You should avoid running the appliance while you go out as well. By making the most of the timer devices that can set a timespan in which to run your cooler, you’ll rarely need to touch the remote.
If you’re lucky enough to reside in a solid brick home, you can run your air conditioner overnight to produce the cool environment in advance, and the next day, keep the temperature even on a low setting. This avoids placing unnecessary strain on your appliance and can stabilise costs on an energy saving plan.
Most air conditioner problems can be saved using common sense and being organised. If you’ve been caught out before in a heatwave previously, you’ll know how important it is to make sure your unit is running well and won’t let you down when you need it most.
Don’t wait for problems to come up. Have Safe & Sure electricians assess your unit for any likely problems in our unique point-checking plan for air conditioners.
We’ve provided top quality servicing and repairs for air conditioners in the area and beyond for many years and we’re recognised for excellence in our field. If you need air conditioning services or repairs fast, call us for help today!