How Often Should You Service a Split System Air Conditioner?

Brisbane’s extreme summers mean that many of us rely on our air conditioners to stay cool during the hotter months. While split systems are a simple and affordable solution to the heat, they require regular maintenance to ensure they’re always functioning properly. But it’s all too easy to put off your regular maintenance appointments. As long as the system is working, it’s easy to ignore the little white box up on the wall. So, how often should you service a split system air conditioner? In this article we’re going to dive into air conditioning maintenance and what you can do to keep your split systems in top condition.

 

How Often Should You Service a Split System Air Conditioner?

You should service a split system air conditioner once every 12 months. It’s a good idea to book your service during spring. Summer is a demanding time for air conditioners. Booking your maintenance appointment ahead of time makes sure the system is ready to deal with Brisbane’s heat.

Regular split system air conditioning maintenance can:

  • Maintain the manufacturer’s warranty
  • Extend the lifespan of your system
  • Improve energy efficiency
  • Save you money on your power bills
  • Improve indoor air quality
  • Prevent small issues from turning into big repair bills

While we recommend yearly maintenance for most split systems, you may need to have your unit serviced more frequently. If you use your air conditioner a lot or if it’s installed in a commercial area, it should be serviced every 6 months to prevent issues from building up.

 

What Does an Air Conditioning Service Include?

Air conditioners are relatively simple appliances. That means they’re highly reliable and your technician only needs to perform a few simple checks to keep the system in good working order.

During your maintenance appointment your air conditioning technician will:

  • Check and clean the filter
  • Check and clean the outdoor condenser unit
  • Clean the condensate drain
  • Inspect and test the motors and electrical components
  • Check refrigerant levels
  • Test the thermostat
  • Test that all functions are working

Performing these maintenance tasks is the simplest way to keep your air conditioner ready for action. Your technician will also keep an eye out for anything that needs attention. Spotting issues early avoids the need for major repairs, saving you big in the long run.

 

Signs it’s Time to Book an Air Conditioning Service

Yearly maintenance is the best way to improve the performance of your air conditioner. But, you should also keep an eye on the unit in between service appointments. Just like other appliances, air conditioners experience problems from time to time, and you’ll need professional help to address any issues that rise.

You should contact an air conditioning service technician if you notice:

  1. Your air conditioner struggling to blow cool air
  2. Your air conditioner turning itself off
  3. Unusual sounds, like squeaking, ticking or grinding
  4. Unusual smells, like mouldy or dusty scents
  5. Water leaking from the internal wall unit

Split system air conditioners have a lifespan of 10-15 years. If your air conditioner is getting old and you find yourself regularly dealing with faults and breakdowns, you may be better off with a new unit.

Newer air conditioners are highly reliable and much more energy efficient than older models. They also have lower maintenance requirements and can help you avoid the expense that comes with repairing an older system. If you’re thinking about replacing your air conditioner then have a chat with your technician. They’ll be able to provide advice on which option is right for you.

 

Beat the Rush and Book Your Split System Maintenance with Technicool!

Regular maintenance is the best thing you can do to extend the lifespan of your split system air conditioning. With a few simple checks, a technician can ensure your system is functioning properly and that it’s ready for the winter chill or summer heat. If your air conditioning is due for a check up, get in touch with the team at Technicool!

Technicool specialises in the installation, maintenance and repair of air conditioning systems across Brisbane. We work with residential and commercial clients, and our technicians are equipped to handle jobs of every size. Whether you need maintenance for a single air conditioner or a major commercial installation, Technicool can help! Feel free to contact us online at any time, or call us to book your appointment today.

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