Intensive Maintenance For Air Conditioning Air Quality

Posted on: 2 April 2015

Many people stick to changing the filter and dusting off the outside of their air conditioning unit for normal upkeep. Whether you're using a window-mounted unit, wall units or a central air system, the basic cleaning just isn't enough. If you've noticed weak airflow or strange smells when your air conditioning is operating, consider the following troubleshooting techniques that could make your life a lot easier.

Avoiding Filter Damage

When you inspect the air conditioner filter, one of the first areas of concerns is the dust on the screen. It can be removed by lightly brushing the surface or by vacuuming, but the process is quite simple. When you notice holes, dents or stretches in the filter, however, it's time to look deeper.

When an air filter is damaged, larger pieces of debris can enter the air conditioning unit. This leads to slower airflow due to heavier air particles filled with more dust, which could lead to odor problems. When dust settles and freezes against some of the air conditioner's internal components, you may end up with weakened wiring or damaged cooling components.

Replace any damaged filters that you discover. Don't attempt to patch or wait out the problem, since the damage can be more expensive. Inspect the area around the filter for anything that could have damaged it, such as hooks or pointed objects around the installation area.

Pay attention to your own technique when installing the filter. If you're pushing too hard or pinching the filter, you could cause multiple filter damages. When you install the filter, turn on the air conditioner without placing the filter cover if possible and make sure that the filter isn't being pulled by the air conditioner's suction to the point of bending the filter.

Such bends are the cause of filter stretching, which can widen the gaps in the filter mesh. If that's happening, contact the air conditioner's manufacturer for advice on the proper filter type or to report the issue as a defect.

Residue Removal And Source Searching

If there is residue built up inside of the air conditioning unit, you may have a problem using surface cleaner. Due to the freezing aspect of the cooling unit on the inside, deeply ingrained stains may be hard to get out.

There are cleaning materials designed specifically for air conditioning units, which should be chosen over standard household cleaners. Many household cleaners contain caustic materials that may stain as well, leading to uneven cleaning and lasting chemical smells as you operate the air conditioning.

For parts such as the condenser coil or evaporator, avoid direct cleaning without specialized tools. Contact an AC repair professional like Davis Repair Service to get assistance with cleaning deep, hard-to-reach or complex parts.