Monday, August 27, 2012

Is Chemical Cleaning Necessary for Aircon?

Why do we require a chemical wash for our air-conditioners?

The humid weather in Singapore can be overbearing for anyone, all year round. What’s worst is when the air conditioner you installed to cool you down, isn’t even working properly! There are a variety of possible problems that may plague you concerning your air conditioner. Perhaps the air coming out from your air conditioner isn’t cold? Or maybe your air conditioner leaks and leaves a wet mess on your floor?

First, it is important to understand why your air conditioner seems to be so problematic. There are two parts to an air condition; the indoor fan coil and the outdoor condenser. Simply put, the outdoor condenser is responsible for generating the cold air and the indoor fan coil is responsible for acting as a blower, distributing the cold air through your room. There are also minor parts such as intricate wires and piping. Pipes within the air conditioner help to remove water that has condensed in the air conditioner, and discharges it into the appropriate drains. A leaking air condition may be due to a faulty pipe.

But no one wants to go through the trouble of trying to fix a problematic air conditioner. In fact, getting a faulty air condition to work properly is not a DIY home job; it is a job for the professionals! Regular air conditioner servicing is essential to ensure your air conditioner is functioning at its optimal capability. The air generated will be cooler, leakages will be minimised, electrical consumption of the air condition will be reduced, and lifespan of your air conditioner can be lengthened. Basic maintenance is also very important. Simple cleaning such as washing or cleaning the air filter can help with the overall functionality of the air conditioner.

Yes, while many already know that maintenance of the air conditioner can have its many advantages, what many don’t know, however, is the importance of a special type of cleaning; known as a chemical wash.

Chemical washing is a more effective way of cleaning your air conditioner. We do not realise, but within components of our air conditioner such as the indoor fan coil, bacteria thrive and form very quickly. When these bacteria are not taken care of, problems can arise and your air conditioner will not function effectively. In some case, air generated form the air conditioner can be extremely foul smelling. Usually, general servicing may not be able to sort out the problem; therefore, a chemical wash is definitely needed.

In a chemical wash, the air conditioner is thoroughly washed with the appropriate chemicals. Why can’t we just use water? Some may ask. Well, given the nature of the bacteria, it is important to use the appropriate cleaning agents to ensure the air conditioner is properly cleaned and all harmful substances are gotten rid of.

All in all, air conditioners make our lives and homes much more comfortable. It only makes sense to not only have proper regular maintenance, but also to engage the right professionals to do a chemical wash. This will not only enhance your equipment’s life, but yours as well!

Monday, August 13, 2012

Servicing Your Air Conditioner

Servicing Your Air Conditioner

Like your family car, air conditioners too deserve attention and care.  The importance of servicing one’s air condition system does not have to be deeply emphasized.  Most would agree that the ultimate aim is to allow for economical and efficient operations of these machines, as well as preventing minor problems from turning into major ones.  Statistics show that when it comes to actual maintenance works, few would choose to do it themselves, some would engage the help of servicing companies, and many prefer to have nothing done at all.  For those who have the backings of servicing agents, you are fairly safe.  For the unconcern group, you’d better start doing something fast.

An air conditioner servicing is not a simple job, neither is it a super complicated one.  Some amount of knowledge and experiences, however, are needed for a reasonably decent job.

If you have the time and the confidence, or if you need that ego soaring feeling that automatically comes with successful accomplishment of challenges, please proceed with them.  If not, stop there, this isn’t for you!! 

Yes, you’ve really got to know where to stop.  This also holds true also for owners whose air conditioners have not seen servicing for a long time.  With the economy not doing well and the need to cut expenses, it is understandable why you chose to be frugal on those servicing.  But when it’s high time that your system has to be examined by some professionals, seeking the help of a servicing company is your best bet to avoid painful payments later.  While it is also understandable that some average owners can service and fix faults, most problems require the expertise of a seasoned skillful technician; someone who has seen many many faults to deal with them quickly.  These guys are quick to detect potential problem while at it.  In this mad-rush society, time is a luxury.  They have the time for this, you don’t.  With experiences, these professionals are good at advising on solutions and procedures that can help improve your situations.

In our selection for a reliable air conditioner service provider, many make the mistake of entrusting the servicing job to a sketchy technician with poor business etiquettes, only to have to put up with undesirable consequences later.  As with other repair and servicing works, you’ll feel more secure with reputable companies who aren’t too worry about workmanship warranties.  You’ll also have more peace of mind working with these licensed and insured contractors.

Often, the line separating a rationale and irrational decision is a thin one.  Likewise when deciding on whether to hire an air condition servicing company, we need to know the difference between being practical and not, and maintaining your air conditioner to work in its optimum state is a collaborative effort between both the air conditioner servicing company and you.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Why Do We Need to Service our Air-con Regularly?

Why Do We Need to Service our Air-con Regularly?

In sunny Singapore, where it is summer all year round, we are used to turning on the air conditioning at home and in the office whenever the mercury rises. But what happens when the weather is hot and the air-con is spoilt? To avoid being in a situation like that, it is recommended that you service your air-con regularly.

An air-conditioning unit is simple to use, as you can turn it on just by pressing a button on the remote control. However, it is really a complex appliance with many parts, which are all prone to wear and tear and even breakdowns if not maintained properly. Hence, instead of seeing regular maintenance as a troublesome appointment to schedule or as an unnecessary expense, we should look at it as important to preserve the lifespan of the air-con.

It is recommended that you service your air-con at thrice a year. If your air-con is in use almost all the time, you might want to opt for bi-monthly servicing to keep it in tip-top condition. You look for a professional air-con servicing company, who will send a qualified technician to your premises. Many companies now offer yearly contracts for a set number of appointments annually, saving you the hassle of booking appointments every few months. 

Regular servicing will help you to detect problems before they worsen, such as leaks which may dirty the adjacent ceiling or the floor, dirty air filters which are not cleaning the air that circulates in your premises properly, and ensure all parts are working well so that the unit works more efficiently, ensuring your comfort and lower utility bills as the energy consumption will be kept low. A dirty filter and coils can increase energy usage by up to 15%, which translates into higher costs for you. Prevention is better than cure, so you can save on repair costs in the future. Maintenance can also prolong the lifespan of your air-con, making it last beyond the average 5 years.  

You can clean the outer and the filters of the air-con yourself every few weeks, but the rest requires professional work. A general ‘check-up’ for your air-con will include cleaning the unit, air filter, water tray and fan coil with water, as well as the drainage pipe. They will check on the compressor and air-con function and deal with any complaints you may have, such as the air-con taking a long time to cool the room, leaking water or making strange noises. If necessary, they will also replenish the refrigerant gas for you. These will all be covered under the servicing fee, and they will discuss any additional repair work with you.

If the drainage pipe is blocked because of dust build-up, water cannot drain properly and thus the air-con will start to drip water. If the coil or compressor is dirty, excessive vibration is produced and this causes the air-con to make strange noises. All these problems can be detected and solved through regular servicing. Some more serious problems may require chemical cleaning, but general servicing will usually be sufficient for minor problems and keep your air-con running well. Regular maintenance can help you avoid costly repairs, so consider investing in a maintenance plan today!