How to prepare your Air Conditioner for Summer?

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Answers to common questions before you start using AC for the Summer Season

It is a known fact that India is famous for its hot Summer season. Air Conditioner, commonly called AC is one Appliance which helps you keep cool throughout the season.  It is important to keep your AC maintained so that it lasts long. During Winter, your Air Conditioner goes through many difficult situations like Harsh Cold Breeze, Fog & Smog, Dust & Debris etc. It is necessary that once the Spring starts, you should get your AC cleaned, serviced, and repaired if it has any issues so that it does not create any problem in Summers.

Preparing your AC for summers is no difficult task; all you need to know is how to do it! Get to know the answers of commonly asked questions before starting your AC for this summer season.

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At our Home, we generally use either Window AC or Split AC, and at some places Centralized AC. The functioning & output units for all of them are different. While, they ideally demand AC Professionals for AC Servicing & Maintenance, there are some things which you can do it without anyone’s help.

1. How is AC Service Done at home?

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Every year, before you start using the Air Conditioner at your Home, it is necessary to keep a check on AC internal & external issues; ignoring it can cause numerous troubles like water leakage from AC, AC not cooling, AC making noise, spoilt outdoor unit and so on.  Regular AC servicing and maintenance helps in avoiding these problems. Along with this, it also improves AC’s performance and efficiency.

2. How do you clean an air conditioner filter?

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AC filters for almost all categories of ACs are washable. All you need to do is –

  • Pull out the filter gently (not to damage the other AC parts), and rinse it with water
  • Now, with the help of a soft-bristled brush and a few drops of liquid dishwashing liquid, clean additional dust & debris
  • Let the filters get dry, with the help of a Vacuum Cleaner or by keeping them under the Sun
  • Once they are clean & dry, place them back into the unit

Tip:  Cleaning the filters of your AC once in a month helps in reducing your electricity bill.

3. How to clean outdoor unit of your AC?

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First and foremost, switch OFF your AC, and disconnect it from the main socket

  • With the help of a water pipe, clean dirt on the outside unit
  • Spray coil cleaner on the outside unit, and wait for 10-15 minutes to get the debris cleaned from the coils
  • Give the unit, a thorough Rinse by using water hose

Tip: Cleaning AC’s outdoor unit once a year helps in extending its life; prefer doing it during Spring season.

4. How to check air conditioner cooling properly?

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You can check the cooling level of your AC through a Thermometer before calling an AC Technician. All you would need to do: check the temperature difference of the air going ‘in’ and coming ‘out’ from the AC; if the difference is between 15-20 degree, it is cooling properly but if not, you need to call a Professional.

Although, this article was about how to do AC cleaning & servicing on your own, so that tomorrow if you are getting it done with someone, you would know whether he is doing it right or not. But, as a safety measure it is always recommended to call a professional AC Technician.

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An AC Technician properly inspects key components like compressor, fan motor, evaporator unit, condenser unit, thermostat etc. while performing regular AC service. If he founds any fault in any of your AC component during the service, he can help you out in getting it fixed by suggesting Repair/Replacement whatever is required.

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At any given point of time, if you feel you are missing out on anything important because the local AC Technician who came did not seem reliable, you can try Tapp Me. On a call/click, best Technicians for any Home Repair Service will be there at your doorstep.

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