How Long Should We Service Our Air-con?
So how long should we service our aircon? Many people in
Singapore think nothing of turning on the air-conditioner
when the weather is too hot. After all, most homes, offices
and shopping malls have
installed, making it so convenient to press a button on the
remote control and escape the heat in our sunny island where
it is summer all year round.
We are so used to an air-conditioned environment that we
leave the air-con on for many hours a day, seven days a
week. But we often do not realise that this taxes the
air-conditioner greatly, and it can reduce the lifespan of
the air-con unit. An air-con unit is a costly household
appliance, which makes it expensive to replace should it
break down beyond repair. What can be done to prevent this
from happening? The solution is regular air-con servicing.
As the saying goes, prevention is better than cure. In the
same way we take care of our health through regular
check-ups at the hospital, we should take care of our
air-con through regular servicing appointments that can be
arranged with the company that sold you the air-con. Through
these appointments, the technician can detect any minor
problems early, before they worsen. They can be fixed while
less serious, saving you the inconvenience of a spoilt
air-con and the heartache of a hefty repair bill.
It is recommended that you service your air-con at least
once a year if you use it infrequently. For daily usage, you
should get it checked every three months, and if you leave
it on all the time, you should service it monthly to ensure
it works in the best condition possible. Besides getting
professional servicing, you can also keep your air-con
working well by cleaning the unit and air filters regularly
yourself. This can be done weekly if you like.
If you find it a hassle to call the servicing company every
three months to arrange an appointment, you may choose to
sign a contract for quarterly servicing for a year or more.
This means your air-con will be checked regularly without
you having to remember to call the company every time. Some
companies may offer a bundled contract when you buy the
air-con unit. Be sure to find a reliable and trustworthy
Regular air-con servicing helps to maintain and even
increase the lifespan of your air-con, which is usually
about 5 to 7 years. More efficient use of energy and lower
utility bills are some benefits you can expect too. A
properly maintained air-con retains its efficiency better
than a worn out one.
Many common complaints you may have about your air-con, like
strange noises or smells, leaking, and taking a long time to
cool down the room, can be solved during a routine
maintenance of the air-con unit. During a servicing, the
technician will check each component of the unit such as the
drainage pipe, compressor and fan coil for blockages and
defects. More importantly, if your air-con is low on
coolant, they will top it up for you so that your air-con
can run at maximum efficiency. Some more serious problems
may require your air-con unit to be taken apart for chemical
washing, but that would be a rare occurrence if you
frequently service your air-con.
Your air-con may seem to work fine all the time, but that
should not make you complacent and not service it. As with
all machines, it is prone to failure, and frequent checks
can help you prevent that. Thus, it is imperative that you
service your air-con every three months to give yourself
peace of mind.