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Air conditioning unit in trouble? Here’s how you know and why you need regular maintenance

It’s summer and Aussie temperatures can be unforgiving. For the first time, you may find yourself wondering if your space is really as cool as it can be.

Like I’ve shared before, air conditioning units need regular maintenance to cool your spaces effectively. If it’s working well, it also means that you spend less on your electricity bills. Most of the time, people don’t take action unless their units are malfunctioning.

How do you know, though, if this is the case?

If you suspect that your air conditioning is not working the way it’s supposed to, let’s take a look at how you can identify whether there are any issues worth checking out.

Your electricity bills are high

One way you know your unit may be in trouble is if your electricity bills are higher than usual. This may be more so if you’ve found yourself dropping the temperature lower and lower just to feel a little cooler.

If you continue this way, without repairing your AC unit, you’ll just end up paying exorbitant bills for inefficient—and ineffective—cooling.

Your AC unit doesn’t sound right

Another way you know it’s time for repairs? If you find that your air conditioning unit is making all kinds of noises.

This could include things like bangs, whistles, and grinding that sound like ill omens from a horror movie. If this is the case, we recommend that you do not ignore this and contact a team of professionals to take a look at the problem.

The longer you let this continue, the more you might be damaging your AC unit.

Your space is not as cool as you want it to be

This is a major tell-tale sign that your air conditioning unit needs to be repaired. If you constantly find yourself in an environment that’s warm and unpleasant—despite your AC unit working overtime—you know something is not right.

Aussie summers can be brutal. If your cooling system is not working properly, you’re not only going to be spending more on electricity bills but you’re not going to be cool and comfortable either.

You and the people around you are sick

If your AC unit is not cleaned and maintained regularly, it can also lead to health problems. Over time, it can cause conditions like allergies, asthma, and other serious respiratory illnesses.

This is because an unmaintained system is a hotbed for hazards like dust, grime, and even mould. If you’ve noticed that you or the people around you are falling sick, it could be becuase your space is being cooled with air containing these particles.

Your AC unit breaks down

Another way you know you’re behind on maintenance is if your AC unit breaks down.

This is because a blocked air conditioning coil can bring your entire system to its knees. When contaminants get lodged in this component, it can cause the coil to freeze over. It can even cause a heat exchanger failure.

The coil is one component of your unit that needs regular maintenance. In the absence of this, your system can break down easily.

Why is regular air conditioning maintenance important?

As I’ve shared before, regular maintenance means your cooling system just works better. Let’s go beyond money and comfort. A damaged or malfunctioning AC unit could also mean you’re breathing dirty, unhygienic air.

Greater system reliability 

A long day outside and you’re looking forward to coming to a cool environment?

If your HVAC systems are not maintained, this can be an unpredictable situation for you. If you find yourself stressing about whether your system is working well enough to keep you cool, you know something has to change.

Regular maintenance ensures that your space is as cool as you want it to be when you want it to be.

Lower cooling costs

Who likes spending so much money just to stay cool in blazing-hot temperatures?

If you believe that your electricity consumption needs to be as efficient as possible, regular HVAC system maintenance sits at the heart of this. While regular maintenance is not free and may seem like a burden at first, this contributes to lower electricity costs and repair costs in the long run.

Energy efficiency is an important goal for many Australians today, and while there’s greater consciousness about the efficiency of our devices, many still neglect to check whether their systems are working as efficiently as possible.

Longer system lifespan

The truth is that nothing lasts forever, and this includes your air conditioning units. Regular AC maintenance, however, may help you ensure that your system enjoys a longer lifespan.

This, naturally, has a major impact on your finances. While you will have to spend a small amount for regular maintenance, you won’t have to spend a huge sum of money replacing your air conditioning system.

This is more so if you run a business. While it’s easy to consider your electricity bills a small component of your expenditure, the truth is that it’s not.

If you neglect to maintain your system (something that may happen when you get consumed with the day-to-day operations of your business), you will find that you’re spending more than a pretty penny just to stay cool.

Be proactive about air conditioning system maintenance

Whether it’s your home or your workspace, your air conditioning unit plays a major role in how comfortable you feel. Especially given the rising temperature in Australia, you need to make sure that your environment is a place you can seek refuge in.

Without regular maintenance, you’re likely to face a host of issues—including poor health.

At Alliance Climate Control, our team of trained and qualified technicians offer a specialised maintenance programme for every system. You can rest assured that your system is getting the care it needs to continue operating efficiently for as long as possible.

Enjoy fresh, clean, and cool air and make sure you’re not spending too much on your cooling costs. Give us a call on (02) 8061 5023 and schedule your system maintenance today.