How to service your air conditioning unit

Inspection and maintenance of professional air conditioners can be expensive, but you can keep that money in your pocket by doing some simple maintenance yourself at the beginning and end of the season. Follow these self-care procedures to keep you cool throughout the spring and summer.



First, turn off the main power of the air conditioner and check the position of the condenser. You can easily find the condenser by following the instructions of the air conditioner manufacturer.


Clean the condenser fan and lubricate the fan motor.

A condenser fan can get dusty, so it is recommended that you clean it thoroughly with a brush.


Air conditioning service professionals can charge around $800 to repair condensers, but you can start by removing the grille and mounting screws that secure the fan. Then remove the fan to access the oil components. Lubricate the blower motor with the oil specified by the manufacturer.


Clean the condenser coil and the fins.

Use a garden hose to clean the condenser coil. Remove the spool guard before spraying inside. This prevents water-soaked debris from accumulating in the fins. If the fins are bent, straighten them with a fin comb. You can also clean the fins with a fin comb.


Recycle the coolant

If you need a new coolant, you should consider bringing a specialist. You can make your adjustments, but it’s important to know how to prevent harmful gases from being released into the atmosphere during the process.


Filter maintenance

If the filter cannot be repaired, it must be replaced. However, if it’s just dirty, it can be easily cleaned. Failure to clean or replace the filter can result in the growth of inhalable fungi and bacteria.


Cleaning the filter

To clean the filter, remove the cover surrounding the air filter. Remove the filter and dry it with a cloth. You can then wash the filter with non-abrasive soap and water. Repeat this process every two weeks to extend the life of the air filter. Make sure it is completely dry before reinserting it into the device.


Buy a new filter

If your filter is badly dirty, you can buy a plastic electrostatic precipitator from a local supplier for about $6. Cut the new filter with scissors. Rinse with clean water and let dry completely. Then slide the filter in place of the old filter and install it.


Maintenance of ducts

Use a vacuum cleaner to clean the air ducts on a regular basis. This helps to remove debris and dust particles that are sucked into the duct.


Perform regular checks

Regularly check various components such as fuses, switches, and thermostats. Make sure all connections are in place and continue to test the HVAC hot side for optimal performance.


Hire a technician


However, even after these checks, if you are still unsure whether or not your air conditioner is not effectively serviced then it makes more sense to hire a professional. So if your unit requires more than regular maintenance or is too difficult for you to service on your own then call a service technician who can handle the matter. A professional air conditioner technician from Hinterland Air in Gold Coast can easily diagnose and solve any problems that might be occurring in your air conditioning unit.