Home Care

Must-Read Air-Con Maintenance Tips

Avoid sticky situations and broken air conditioners with these must-dos

Photography: Jilson Tiu and @carstenbogler via Instagram (Main Photo)

In tropical countries like the Philippines, heat and humidity are constants in our lives. For this reason, we either seek refuge in air-conditioned rooms or invest in AC units for our homes. While having a unit at home can be a little pricey, the convenience and comfort it brings makes the investment worth it. If you want to make the most of your cooling system, here are some must-dos that can help it last a while: 

1. Clean the air filter. 

The AC filter prevents dust, dirt, and debris from clogging up the internal part of the unit—however, dirty filters block normal airflow and affect overall performance. You can either replace the filter or if you have a reusable one, clean it. If you use the AC frequently, regular replacement might be a better idea, or you can try the 3M Filtrete Filter. 

2. Check on the coils

Even if the filters are cleaned regularly, through time and use, the evaporator coil and condenser coil will still collect dirt—it’s essential to check on these two and clean them if necessary.  There are air con coil cleaning agents available in hardware stores and home depots made specifically for this task, too! Or click here to buy it online. 

3. Wash the drip pan.

The drip pan catches the condensation created by the AC, and then goes through a hole to dispose of the water. Some people attach a small hose to the drip pan to prevent the water from discoloring the wall. You can use clean water, soap, and a washcloth to wash the pan while you can pass a stiff wire through the hose to clean it. If the pan already has rust, buy a new one instead.  

4. Check on the electrical components

Before plugging in your newly cleaned AC, check if there are any exposed wires and if there are no loose electric terminals. If you don’t have enough knowledge when it comes to this, it’s better to hire a professional to help you with the task. 

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