How to Maintain a Ductless AC Unit
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You’ve invested in a ductless air conditioner for your home or office. The system runs very well for now, but you know that to keep it in optimal condition, you need to maintain it. The only problem is you have no idea where to start.
Luckily, in today’s post, we’ll provide some handy tips and pointers for keeping your ductless AC in the best running shape! Here’s what to do.
Take Care of Your Compressor
The compressor is the lifeblood of your ductless unit. Without it, you can’t enjoy air conditioning, so you must take care of it. If you have a team of ductless AC technicians that you already use, you can schedule them to come out every week or so to clean the compressor. You can also check the compressor yourself between cleanings to ensure it’s not obstructed by any debris.
Keep the Exterior of the Air Conditioner Clean
If dirt, dust, or debris gets into your ductless air conditioner, the unit may malfunction or fail altogether. While you have your ductless AC technician out to check and clean the compressor, ask them to give the unit itself a wipedown as well. This should happen about every week to every two weeks.
Check Pipe Health
A ductless air conditioning unit has a series of pipes that allow the cold air to travel into your home or business. Like any other component that’s never cleaned, it’s easy for dust and dirt to accumulate within the pipes over time.
You may notice a problem only once a buildup occurs, as then you won’t get nearly as much cold air as you once did. This isn’t a problem with the ductless AC unit itself, but rather, just the pipes. By cleaning them out (or enlisting the assistance of a professional to do so), you should once more enjoy the full breadth of cold air from your ductless air conditioner.
Don’t Keep the Same Filters Forever
Your unit includes filters that maintain the cleanliness of your ductless air conditioner’s internal parts. As the filters get dirtier through use, they stop working as efficiently. You might notice you’re waiting longer than you once did for your home to feel cool, and that’s due to the older filters.
If your filters are meant for single use only, then throw them away and change them out every few weeks. Some ductless AC filters are not disposable, so take these out, clean them, and then put them back in. Make sure you clean the filters no more seldom than every four weeks going forward.
Treat the Coil and Condenser to a Cleaning
Outdoors, your ductless air conditioner’s coil and condenser can easily get dirty. If you have a garden hose hooked up outback, then it should take you no more than a few minutes to clean these important components.
Before you get started, make sure your air conditioner is off. Then rinse the parts until they’re clean. Check the alignment of both the coil and condenser when you’re finished, as sometimes the force of the water can knock them out of whack. An alignment comb can reset positioning.