Preventative Maintenance is the key!
During Brisbane’s hot summer months everyone wants their air conditioner to operate at optimum capacity. A properly maintained air conditioner will be reliable cooling source when you need it most. With Australia’s climate, air con repair companies suggest regular preventative maintenance should be carried out once a year. If your unit is neglected, count on the system to use more energy, be clogged with dust and debris, and potentially be circulating unhealthy air. Also consider that your air conditioning may break down for good due to these problems. A good preventative maintenance schedule will satisfy your manufacturer’s warranty and catch any minor problems before they turn into major ones.
When Your Air Conditioner Needs Repair
Before you call an air conditioner repairer for a quote, have ready the information about the air conditioning system. They will want to know unit size, model number, type, and how old the unit is. Remember to ask questions as you go. Some important questions to ask are:
- Are the parts from the manufacturer?
- How long will it take to repair my air conditioner?
- Is there a warranty for the air conditioning repair?
- What is the total cost of fixing the system?
Explain your problem with the system as clearly as you can so the repairer can give an accurate quote. This quote could be a flexible, approximate figure according to the depth of the repair problem. Obtain comparison quotes from various reputable companies. Many air conditioning companies have an hourly rate, unless the system is assessed with a major repair needing special order parts. Typically rates for repair are charged between fifty dollars per hour or more.
If your air conditioner is more than seven, or eight years old, repairing it may be more expensive than replacing the unit altogether. If the problem is simple like dust/ dirt clogging up the condenser or just a worn fan belt, then ask your air conditioner professional to assess the overall condition of your air conditioner. If your warranty has expired, and the repair is expensive, you may find yourself in a ‘repair or replace’ dilemma with your unit. Many people ask if they can postpone a repair. Remember your unit may continue to operate even through strange noises and diminished effectiveness, but eventually the unit could burn out or break down completely, leaving you then to replace it.
As the summer months bring hot days, your air conditioning system should be in top shape. Preventive maintenance is the key to an efficiently running unit. If your unit requires repair, hire a service provider that has the experience and competence to solve your problem.