Ductless air conditioners are a popular choice among Bay Area homeowners today, and are both cost effective and efficient. However, it’s important to note that if you fail to maintain your ductless system, it could affect efficiency, proper functioning, and how long your system lasts. Professional HVAC technicians carry out the maintenance work you cannot do yourself, but there are some things you can easily take care of on your own to keep your ductless air conditioners working efficiently.
Keep distance between your air conditioner and other items. Furnishings, shelves, and other items in your home should be kept a minimum of four feet away from your air conditioner, as this helps avoid dust accumulation and ensures efficient functioning.
Dust frequently. Dust that accumulates on the exterior of your air conditioner will find its way in to the operating components, which impacts proper functioning. Clean your air conditioner every week by wiping down the exterior with a cleaner that’s safe, or a damp cloth. Also be sure to inspect outdoor portions of vents to prevent them from becoming clogged by dirt, dust, and other debris.
Clean filters frequently! This is something we repeat often, but a clogged, dirty filter can (and will) decrease efficiency and result in higher operating costs. For your A/C to perform at its best, clean the filters often and replace if damaged.
Clean the interior after shutting your system off. Before you clean the interior of your ductless A/C, be sure to switch the system completely off and let it cool down. Cleaning the interior components prolongs the life of the unit, and improves efficiency.
Clean the outdoor coils. The coils are an important component of your cooling system, and as with other parts, can cause a loss of efficiency if not cleaned. Spray the coils using a garden hose, being careful not to bend fins. After rinsing, wipe down with a rag or cloth to remove tougher debris. Before you turn the unit back on, make sure the coils are thoroughly dry.
Even though you can do much of the cleaning and maintenance on your ductless air conditioner yourself, it’s still vital to have a Hayward HVAC air conditioning professional come inspect your unit at least once each year. Your contractor can spot things you may have missed, or diagnose a potential problem. At Ortiz Heating & A/C, your family’s comfort and lower energy costs are our top priorities! Give us a call today.