As the weather starts to heat up and we get ready for another Perth summer scorcher, many of us will be relying on our evaporative air conditioners to keep our families cool and comfortable. The last thing you want is to be stuck with a cooler that doesn’t work!
Without proper evaporative air conditioning maintenance and servicing, some common problems can arise including:
- Insufficient and inefficient cooling
- Increased power bills
- Leaky pipes or ducts
- Being hit with unexpected repair or replacement bills.
While evaporative air conditioners are ideal for the hot and dry Perth weather, it can be common for many Perth homeowners to go extended periods without using them in the winter months. When it’s finally time to switch your evaporative or ducted air conditioning on, it pays to be prepared by ensuring it has been serviced and maintained regularly.
What is an evaporative air conditioner service and what does it entail?
An evaporative air conditioning service makes sure that your evaporative cooler is working at peak performance when you need it most. A proper service for your evaporative aircon includes checking for water leaks, proper function and other wear through:
- Thorough cleaning and replacement of the internal cooler pads and water pump
- Inspection of the drain valve, solenoid valve and water line for leaks
- An in-depth examination and cleaning of the fan motor and electrical connections
- Examining and clearing all ducts and outlets connected to the system (including those hard-to-reach corners you never think about!)
How often should my evaporative air conditioner be serviced?
With the Perth climate being hot, dry and dusty, regular maintenance is crucial to ensuring you and your family aren’t stuck sweltering in the next Perth summer scorcher. While different manufacturers suggest different maintenance schedules, a good rule of thumb we suggest is to get your evaporative air conditioner serviced yearly. Whether you’re relying on a CoolBreeze, Bonair or Seeley to keep your family cool, a yearly check-up ensures everything is working properly when you need it most.
What can I do to keep my evaporative aircon working at peak performance?
While you should always let the professionals do any complex air conditioning maintenance, there are a few easy steps you can take to get the most out of your evaporative cooler this summer.
Cover the unit during long periods of downtime
Evaporative coolers can be left exposed to the elements for long periods of time during the winter months, which can cause mould and mildew to build up if not properly maintained. One of the best ways of preventing this is to pick up an evaporative cooler cover off of your air conditioning professionals during your next yearly service.
Keep outlets clear of dust and debris
Keeping your air conditioner’s ducts and other vents free from leaves, dirt and other debris ensures your unit can work efficiently and without undue stress or wear to the unit.
Keep a window or two open when in use
Unlike other air conditioning solutions, evaporative cooling relies on filtering the warm outside air through moistened pads inside the unit before blowing the resulting cooled air throughout your home. Leaving a window open allows any warmer air to escape, ensuring the unit can keep a constant supply of fresh and cool air for you and your family.
Leave the rest to the pros!
For everything else, you want to rely on the people in the know to give a proper service to your evaporative air conditioning.
When it comes to evaporative and ducted air conditioning in Perth, no one knows more than your team of highly skilled and super responsive tradies at Ritz Plumbing & Electrical. Contact us now to book your yearly service or other repairs at 13 74 89, or send a message to one of our friendly team members using our online contact form.