When an air conditioning unit is under heavy performance demands almost every hour of the day, the normal wear and tear from operation can weaken its components quickly. Combined with different climates, debris and accidents, your air conditioning unit may begin pushing a weaker or less precise waft of air. A few troubleshooting techniques can help you get to the bottom of the problem and provide a fix, or at least let you know what to expect in repairs.
Debris Clogging Throughout The System
If you live in an especially muddy, debris-filled area such as a forest or an area highly affected by pollen, there may be a lot of gunk and grime in your air conditioning that needs a thorough cleaning.
Lots of debris can be splashed or directed into the air conditioning during rain storms or flooding. When heavy winds sling muddy water or when cars in driveways splash road runoff towards homes, it's easy for the filter to become overwhelmed to the point of allowing some debris through.
As the debris settles in the system, many components can be caked up or clogged. Cleaning the path is no simple task of removing the filter; you'll need to disassemble the air conditioner, so it's best to get a professional's help.
Air Restricting Cleanup Sections
Before tackling any disassembly projects, make sure to consult your air conditioning unit's manual for the location of each component. Knowing where the component is and how to get to it more efficiently can save hours of repair time. Understanding the design beforehand may help as well.
A few key points should be cleaned thoroughly:
- Air filter. The filter is responsible for keeping airborne materials out of the system, but can be overwhelmed by liquids or overt force. Wash the filter with water and scrub gently with a brush to avoid damaging the filter. If disposable or damaged, replace the filter. Replacing the filter at least once per month is advisable.
- Front grille. Cleaning the filter without cleaning the grille is asking for the filter to get dirty as soon as possible again. The dirt and debris that gets on a grille can dry and eventually become airborne, only to dirty the newly cleaned filter. Grilles can be cleaned with brushes or water hose spray, but be sure to consult the manufacturer to be sure that direct water spray is safe.
- Blower wheel. The blower wheel generates airflow by spinning and contorting the air direction before entering the fan. Clean off the fins if you notice any debris.
- Fan. The fan is responsible for intake and exhaust of air, although one of the directions may be replaced by a blower. Clean off the fan fins and the rotating axle, as debris can cake up against the axle.
- Louvers. The louvers are used to point your personal air supply in different directions. Debris can cake up and slow down airflow if unable to escape the louvers. Wipe clean with a cloth or paper towel.
If you need help with locating specific components or would rather have a professional's assistance on site, contact an air conditioning repair company such as A2Z Heating and Plumbing.