Maximised Cooling | 4 Golden Rules To Get The Most Value From Split System Air Conditioners

Split system air conditioners are designed to last for years with regular use, so you naturally want to do everything you can to prolong its shelf life. Like any other electrical system, they can get damaged over time if you don't care for them properly. Here are some golden rules to help you get the most value from split system air conditioners, so that they last you for as long as possible.

Clean The Indoor Unit Air Filter Regularly

Clean split system air conditioners will run better than others that have been allowed to collect dust. Dust and grime inside the air filter will block regular airflow. This will cause the unit to work extra hard to cool the room, which will shorten its shelf life. An air filter can be cleaned in warm water and mild detergent before reuse. Every once in a while, you will need to replace the air filter to keep it efficiently running.  

Keep The Outdoor Unit Cool By Locating It In An Open Space

The outdoor unit of a split system AC is subject to leaves and other debris, which will cause damage to the condenser and compressor, if left unchecked for prolonged periods. The compressor or condenser units generate a tremendous amount of heat, so it should be located in a space that allows free movement of air to keep it cool. Typically, the outdoor unit should be installed at a slight height to ensure proper airflow through the unit for keeping it cool.

Make Sure The System's Coils And Cooling Fans Are Maintained

The condenser coils and cooling fans located in the outdoor unit are subject to all types of dust and debris from outside. This will affect your split system air conditioner's cooling capacity over time. You will need to brush away dirt and debris using a soft brush after opening up the unit to keep them clean. If you notice bent condenser coils, you will need to use a fin comb to straighten them out. Fin combs are typically available at appliance supplier and home improvement stores.

Top Up Low Refrigerant Levels

While this doesn't happen often, your air conditioner's refrigerant levels can fall over prolonged use. Running an AC on low refrigerant will cause damage to the system's components over time, so you will need to get a qualified technician to check this during a regular maintenance session for refilling low refrigerant. Running your split AC at proper refrigerant levels will optimise its shelf life and keep it working for longer.