How to Service Ducted Air Conditioning
Staying cool in Brisbane’s summers can be a challenge. Split system air conditioners have long been the popular solution, but more homeowners are investing in ducted air conditioning. Ducted air conditioners can cool every corner of your home at once.
These powerful units will keep you comfortable year round, and a zoned system provides the flexibility to cool your spaces more efficiently than ever! If you want to enjoy the full benefits of ducted air conditioning then you’ll need to make sure you’re keeping up with regular maintenance.
In this article we’ll cover the basics of how to service ducted air conditioning and keep your system in perfect condition.
How to Maintain Ducted Air Conditioning
Your ducted air conditioning system works hard. It’s important to have the system serviced regularly. We recommend servicing your air conditioners before summer begins, and again before winter starts. There are a few things you’ll need to do each time you service your ducted air conditioning:
- Clean the filters. Ducted air conditioners draw air through a large return filter. Once or twice a year you should unscrew the return vent and clean the filter. Use a vacuum to clear the bulk of the dust, then take the filter outside and wash it with soap and warm water. Allow the filter to dry fully before replacing it.
- Check the outdoor unit. Your air conditioner’s outdoor unit is exposed to dirt, debris and the elements. Clean up any obstructions like build ups of leaves and dirt that restrict the airflow.
- Check the vents. Go around your house and check each vent for build ups of dust. Any obvious dirt or dust can be vacuumed up.
- Talk to a professional. More complex maintenance tasks should be left to a professional. Things like testing components, checking the refrigerant charge and cleaning ductwork should be performed by a trained technician. A professional technician will also be able to assess the condition of your system and identify small issues before they turn into major repairs.
How to Close Ducted Air Conditioning Vents
Ducted air conditioning vents come in a few different varieties. Square and rectangular vents with louvres often have a slide switch or a toggle mounted on the frame of each outlet. Round vents can typically be closed by turning the dial in the centre of the vent or by winding in the central diffuser cone.
We recommend that you avoid closing too many vents at once. While it might seem like a simple way to cut off airflow to rooms that aren’t being used, closing vents can create build ups of pressure in the ducts. Excessive air pressure can reduce the overall efficiency of the system and create problems with heating and cooling performance. If you want to close off certain rooms or areas, talk to a technician about installing zoned ducted air conditioning.
How Long Does Ducted Air Conditioning Last?
Ducted air conditioning systems can last up to 20 years or more! Since ducted air conditioning is a major investment, modern systems are built with longevity in mind. A low quality system may last less than a decade, but high quality ducted air conditioners from a trusted manufacturer will serve you well for years.
Regular maintenance is the biggest factor in the lifespan of a ducted air conditioning system. As your air conditioner ages, parts such as motors, compressors and seals will begin to fail. Small issues can normally be repaired by your technician as long as they’re caught early on.
If you don’t maintain your air conditioner, small problems can spiral into serious damage, and you may need to replace the system prematurely. Regularly cleaning the filters and investing in a yearly maintenance schedule can drastically increase the life of your ducted air conditioner.
Keep Your Ducted Air Conditioning Ready for Action with Technicool!
Maintaining your ducted air conditioning is the best thing you can do to prolong its life and improve cooling efficiency. Ducted air conditioning can be a major expense, so it pays to invest in regular maintenance!
If it has been a while since your last service appointment then get in touch with Technicool. Technicool are expert air conditioning technicians working throughout Brisbane.
Our team provides a comprehensive range of air conditioning maintenance, installation and repair work. Whether you need major repairs or a regular service appointment, we’re happy to help! Get in touch with us online to make a booking or phone us on 07 3376 2644 and talk to our team today.