Keep Your Cool: Air Conditioner Maintenance and Servicing Tips

Is your air conditioning unit acting up? Even for those who love the summer sun, our current British heat waves can be intense. That’s why it’s essential to ensure your unit is up to the task of keeping you comfortable.

Signs your air conditioning unit needs attention:

  • Warm Air: If your AC isn’t blowing cool air or takes longer than usual to cool down your space, it could use a little TLC.
  • Strange Noises: Hearing odd sounds like rattling or buzzing? These could be signs of small problems that are best addressed early.
  • Moisture or Condensate Leaks: Keep an eye out for water around your unit. It could be a sign of a blocked condensate pipe or a pump that need fixing.
  • Unpleasant Smells: Does the room smell musty when your AC is on? It might need a good clean to get rid of any built-up gunk.

Do Air Conditioning Units Require Regular Maintenance?

Yes. Regular servicing is key for any machine’s longevity and more-so to keep it operating at its optimum efficiency. It is recommended to have any A/C system serviced at least once a year, the manufacturer’s warranty is usually dependent on at least one annual service visit. Larger commercial or industrial units may require more frequent maintenance. Regular maintenance also helps to identify potential issues before you’re left suffering in the heat without cool air.

Understand How Your Air Conditioner Works

Air conditioners work by removing heat and humidity from indoor air and then provide cool air inside your home or space. They use a high quality refrigerant gas and have three main parts: a compressor, a condenser coil, and an evaporator coil. The compressor increases the pressure of the refrigerant gas, the pressurised refrigerant gas travels indoors to the evaporator coil, where it evaporates and cools the coil. A fan blows air over the cold coil whilst also absorbing heat from the air. The cooled air is circulated throughout the home, while the heated refrigerant gas is sent back outside to the compressor. The heat is released into the outdoor air, and the refrigerant returns to a liquid state to repeat the cycle until your home reaches the desired temperature.

Our Top DIY Maintenance Tips

Keep it Clean

When vents and particle filters are clogged with dust, dirt, or debris, it really has a negative effect on the efficiency of your cooling or heating system. This results in higher energy costs and a shortened lifespan for your system. Locate the areas where dirt and dust accumulate the most and thoroughly clean them to ensure optimal performance and longevity.

Cleaning the Filter

Keep your air conditioning system healthy by cleaning your air filters regularly. To clean your filter, simply remove them from the unit and take them outside. Run a vacuum over the filter and then wash them in warm soapy water, once they are thoroughly dry pop them back in.

Check The Thermostat

Verify that your thermostat is set correctly and functioning properly, ensure it’s set to the desired temperature and mode and replace the batteries if necessary.

Regularly Check for Common Issues

It’s essential to keep an eye out for common issues like strange smells, water damage from leaks, unusual noises, or insufficient cold air output. If you detect any of these signs, promptly contacting a professional can prevent long-term damage and ensure your system’s continued efficiency and performance.

Clear Debris Around Outdoor Units

Some outdoor units of your AC system can be prone to collecting debris and dust, which can hinder its performance.

Know When to Call a Pro

When DIY fixes fall short or issues persist, it’s time to call in the experts. Our team of skilled technicians are ready to diagnose and resolve any AC unit problem swiftly and effectively. Don’t let air conditioning issues disrupt your comfort—trust I-HT to keep you cool.

Let I-HT Take the Hassle Out of Air Conditioning Maintenance!

We understand that maintaining your air conditioning system might seem daunting, even with access to the best DIY tips. Whether it’s the technical jargon, the time commitment, or the fear of potentially making a mistake, some tasks are best left to the professionals. That’s where I-HT steps in!

If you’re feeling uncertain about servicing your air conditioning unit or simply prefer to ensure it’s done with the utmost precision and expertise, why not let our team at I-HT take care of it for you? Our experienced professionals are equipped with the knowledge and tools to maintain your system, ensuring it operates efficiently and effectively, keeping you cool and comfortable.

Don’t let maintenance worries make you sweat! Reach out to us today to book a service or to learn more about how we can help. Our dedicated team is on hand to provide a comprehensive check and service, ensuring your air conditioning unit is in tip-top condition. Click here to get a quote or visit our service page for more information. Trust I-HT to keep you cool, ensuring your air conditioning system runs smoothly all year round.

James Martin
James Martin
2024-05-29
I can unconditionally recommend Inn-House Technology Ltd as a thoroughly excellent provider of all aspects of domestic air conditioning from initial contact, design development, through detailed site work to contract administration and on to maintenance. I speak as a hard-bitten Chartered Engineer and project manager who has probably seen it all; but Inn-House Technology has restored my faith that there is a British company which does it right to time, cost and quality. The initial site visit was by an experienced technician who has turned his hand to sales and was followed up by a further detailed visit with a staff specialist because the 4-unit multi-split installation is in a high-quality residence so that pipe concealment and silence in operation are crucial – and achieved. The two-man team left home at 0555 to arrive exactly on time for 3 consecutive days fully supplied with all the tools and plant required from their preferred but not exclusive partner supplier – Fujitsu. All indoor debris from numerous drillings was cleaned up as soon as it arose causing negligible dust- even embroidered curtains were kept in place. No shoes were worn indoors. The quality and fit of the pipework, cabling and trunking was exemplary and the indoor units were positioned exactly as specified. Outside, the wall penetrations and resealing of this Passivhaus were accurate and the heat pump connections neatly concealed by a black trunking beside a downpipe. The two installers, Jim and Sam, were professional, knowledgeable, personable, strong, agile and 100% committed to my job – not once stopping for lunch. The back-office handling of the sales, contract, procurement, invoicing and maintenance were each impeccable and the team are clearly loyal to their company which has strong systems to give quick response and confidence to the customer. The whole installation experience was an exemplar of how to run a company well and I have no hesitation at all in recommending Inn-House Technology.
Zoe Duffy
Zoe Duffy
2024-05-12
The whole process from quoting to installation was fantastic. Friendly and approachable team, very knowledgeable and installation itself was neat and well thought through. Very grateful!
Richard P
Richard P
2024-04-12
Excellent and Faultless Experience with our Air Con Install. We reached out to I-HT among other Installers in the area, within a couple of hours they had made contact and arranged to visit to provide a quote within the same day. The quote was sent quickly and competitively priced. Lee who visited was very friendly and helpful and provided a good insight into what could be done and how with regards to our property. On install day we had 2 of their team pop out to complete the install and I can't explain enough how polite, friendly and considerate they were. Not only this but they were also very tidy and cleaned up behind them at every step. The day after I also had a follow up call from the office to make sure we were happy. overall 10/10 and can't believe how simple and perfect the install went. Thank you so much and look forward to recommending them to everyone in the future!
Robin Searles
Robin Searles
2023-12-08
Very happy with the service supplied by I-HT, from the initial survey with Lee and the install completed by Sam would and will highly recommend
Karl Chapman
Karl Chapman
2023-10-30
Top notch service, the guys turned up on time did a splendid job cleaned up and showed me how the system worked, super impressed .
Keith Young
Keith Young
2023-10-22
Fast, clean installation. Fully explained simple operation before departing.
terry colvill
terry colvill
2023-10-19
excellent swift service and the installation team installed the new unit quickly and professionally. Very happy with the service.
UK PRADO
UK PRADO
2023-09-27
I would just like to say that the service was great throughout - fast and efficient. The installation was the same. Your fitters were polite, thorough and knowledgeable and they did a very neat job and left no mess.
Claire Reeves
Claire Reeves
2023-09-27
A really easy, professional installation - from the initial request, through to installation and a call afterwards to check everything was working as it should. Highly recommended.
Gold7272
Gold7272
2023-09-12
Great service, lovely staff and quick to resolve any issues