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Avoid these Mistakes to Save Your Air Conditioning Unit from Damage

Posted by: Victoria Gillum on Friday, July 25, 2014 at 12:00:00 am

Air conditioning systems are complicated equipment with several mechanical and electrical components. They perform the complex task of bringing down the temperature of a room and filtering the air in order to keep up its purity. In order to ensure that your air conditioning unit works to the best of its efficiency, it is important to take care of it in the right manner. Mistakes in maintaining and operating your air conditioning system not only damage it, but also reduce its efficiency and durability.

Not cleaning the filters regularly

Air conditioning units have filters that block fine dust particles in the air. Over time, the filters get blocked because of the dust particles. As a result, they need to exert extra pressure to function and push filtered air into the room. If these filters are not cleaned regularly, the efficiency of the air conditioning unit reduces steadily and the machine is ultimately damaged.

Wrong positioning

When the air conditioning unit is installed, you need to pay attention to its positioning. Ideally, the air conditioning unit should not be placed on the southwest since sun’s rays are strong from this direction. The best places to install air conditioning are in the north and east directions. The idea is to ensure that the air conditioning unit is not directly exposed to harsh sun’s rays.  

If you have a split air conditioner, you need to make sure that the outdoor unit is not installed in a place that may hinder in air circulation. For instance, do not place the outdoor unit in places where there are bushes or foliage. There needs to be adequate air circulation for the exhaust air to be blown out.

Not using an efficient thermostat

A thermostat plays an important role in regulating the temperature in the room. It also saves energy. You need to make sure that the thermostat is efficient at all times. For this, regular servicing and maintenance is essential. In case you find that your air conditioner unit does not maintain constant temperature or that the temperature fluctuates, you need to get it checked and repaired.

Not sealing the space properly

If the room in which the air conditioner is installed is not sealed properly, hot air from outside may enter the space. In such instances, the air conditioner has to work harder to cool the space and to maintain constant humidity. This extra pressure damages the components in the unit.

Using exhaust fan

When the air conditioner is running, avoid using an exhaust fan in the room. It will exhaust the conditioned air. Again, the air conditioning unit has to work harder to keep the room cool.

Twice a year, ideally before the peak usage months begin before the summer and again before the winter cool down, call an air conditioning technician and get the unit serviced. If you’re interested in talking to an air conditioning professional about getting the most out of your air conditioning system and learning more about an annual maintenance agreement, speak with an expert at Cortez Heating & Air Conditioning today!

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