Mandy's Appliance Maintenance Advice

Tips to Keep Your Ducted Reverse Cycle AC Unit Running Efficiently for Longer

Air conditioners play a pivotal role during summer by cooling the interior spaces of residential, commercial and industrial buildings. In winter, however, most building owners usually turn off their air conditioning equipment so they can turn on separate heating equipment. With the advent of reverse cycle air conditioning, however, building owners can enjoy both cooling and heating service from the same air conditioning equipment. 

If you already have HVAC ductwork installed in your home and you're looking to install a reverse cycle AC, a ducted reverse cycle unit would be the perfect choice for your home. But like other HVAC equipment, ducted reverse cycle ACs require routine maintenance to run efficiently. 

Here's a look at some things you'll need to do to enjoy efficient service from your ducted air conditioning unit throughout its lifespan:

Outdoor unit

Ensuring that your outdoor unit is protected from inclement elements such as dust, moisture, rain, snow, ice and even rodents is also vital to optimising your AC system efficiency. Cover your outdoor unit so that the elements don't damage it. It is recommended that you use covers specially designed for air conditioning units, but there are many effective DIY ways to cover your outdoor unit. All you need to do is to make sure your cover is breathable and can keep out the elements.

AC filter

The condition of your AC filter matters a great deal with regards to keeping your AC working efficiently. Clean filters will allow for adequate flow of air within the AC system, thus maximising on system efficiency. Over time, however, filters get clogged with dust, pollen and other forms of airborne dirt. This may affect the performance of the air handler fans and the evaporator coils. This will, in turn, lower the cooling and heating performance of the entire system. Therefore, it is vital to have your AC filter inspected on a regular basis and cleaned or changed as required.

AC Thermostat

Faulty thermostats may result in inefficient air conditioning service, and they can also lead to costly repair issues. For the most part, defective thermostats are a result of faulty wiring or damaged parts that may require fixing or replacing. If your AC isn't reaching the desired temperature setting, it is advisable to have it checked by a professional HVAC technician.

If followed properly, the above tips will come in handy with regards to ensuring your ducted reverse cycle AC functions at peak efficiency. Do not hesitate to contact a HVAC professional for further assistance with your AC system.