Air Conditioner – How to keep it tip top

Air Conditioner – How to keep it tip top

In a perfect world, our Air Conditioner would run smoothly and provide us with cooling in summer and heating in winter. Unfortunately this isn’t always the case. With anything mechanical we should always keep it well maintained but also familiarise ourselves with a few of the common issues, should the Air Conditioning Unit stop working. At ACL Air Conditioning & Refrigeration we only supply & install units that we know have a proven track record for reliability. Over time, even the best units can develop faults. Let’s take a look at 4 of the most common.

Inside Coil Frozen

The first signs of the coil being frozen are the air conditioner not cooling as normal and the general operation becoming more unreliable. At first this can seem like a big problem but it is actually quite common and a fairly straightforward fix. Two major contributing factors to the inside coil becoming frozen are unclean air filters or the return air duct-work becoming blocked. 

The first step is to turn off the system – a must before carrying out any general cleaning/maintenance of mechanical air conditioning equipment! Next, give the air filters a thorough cleaning and check the ducting for any blockages. Of course should you wish to bring in a professional air conditioning company to carry out the maintenance, we are only too happy to help! We also offer tailored maintenance packages which keep your units in tip top condition.

Faulty Wiring

Power surges, intermittent loss of power or complete power loss could be indicative of faulty  wiring. The internal wiring can sometimes develop issues and this will result in the unit not getting a consistent electrical feed. If you notice these faults we would highly recommend bringing in a professional air conditioning contractor to diagnose and repair your unit. It can be dangerous with the risk of fire or electric shock if you are not sure what you’re doing! 

Low Levels of Freon

To cool the air, an air conditioner uses a refrigerant called Freon. If your unit is not producing its usual level of cooling it could be that the refrigerant level is low. The cause of low refrigerant level is likely going to be a leak. Initially, you can try topping the level back up but if the unit continues to lose its cooling and the refrigerant level continually drops then it’s almost certainly a leak and this needs to be addressed. 

Exterior Fan Faulty

If your air conditioner overheats and cuts out or just doesn’t work properly then it could indicate an issue with the exterior fan. The exterior fan transfers the heat from your room to the outside – a very important operation! Now, unless you have been trained in Air Conditioning maintenance and repair, this is probably not going to be something you can tackle yourself. Bring in an experienced HVAC engineer who can get your unit working again. They will also advise you on any further steps you may need to take to prevent having a similar issue in the future. 

While these 4 issues are amongst the most common problems we see in modern HVAC units, other faults can and do sometimes develop. If in any doubt please contact your local engineer!

HVAC An Alternative to Central Heating

Heating your home or workplace is now more expensive than it has ever been previously.

The ‘big six’ energy firms have been warned by Ofgem not to raise their prices again, but as this article shows, the energy companies look set to ignore this warning citing an underestimation on the part of the regulator.

With zero value being given to customers from the profiteering companies it is time to look into alternative ways of heating your home or office. Central Heating is by far the biggest expense when it comes to providing warmth to your home. Whether it’s Gas, Oil or Electric Central Heating – they all burn lots of energy and are not that efficient.

Sadly for some of the more vulnerable in our society, the cost of heating their property has become unaffordable.

One alternative that has received a lot of press and TV coverage is Solar Panels. Although expensive to install initially Solar has become a long-term solution to lowering the cost of energy bills. They are however quite unsightly and they do take quite a while to start recouping the initial outlay.
So what can you do?

HVAC units are a cost effective way of heating your home and have the added benefit of providing cooling during the warmer months – when we are lucky enough to experience them!
HVAC – Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning – units can be installed in rooms starting from around a few hundred pounds and are an energy efficient way of heating a room. They work quickly and use much less energy than electric central heating by comparison.

If you are fed up of lining the energy companies pockets with profit while they regularly increase prices then thinking about the inclusion of HVAC units can really save you a fee quid.
For more information on how ACL Refrigeration & Air Conditioning Ltd can help and advise you on suitable options for your home and business, please get in touch today!