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The Value of Good Air Conditioning Maintenance

By Karyn Stroet

Efficient and effective functioning of commercial air conditioning systems is based on how well units are maintained, with faulty operation often highlighted when summer scorches in Australia.

Keeping your air conditioning unit properly maintained is recommended for a variety of reasons, the most important including:

  • providing better indoor air quality 
  • lowering electricity bills
  • avoiding costly future air conditioner repairs and replacement.

To ensure the efficiency of your air conditioner, routine maintenance should include cleaning internal workings such as coils, drains and fins, and cleaning and replacing filters.

Dirty or clogged filters will block normal airflow and significantly reduce a system’s efficiency.  Dust and mould within units can lead to health issues and are a recipe for chronic illness, especially for anyone with existing conditions such as asthma or allergies.

A professional service technician will check the accuracy of the thermostat which is essential to maintaining year-round comfort in your commercial premises.  They will inspect electric terminals, seal ducts, test for refrigerant leaks, measure airflow through the evaporator coil, and clean and tighten connections. 

It is advisable to enter into a scheduled service agreement with a reliable company to provide regular preventative services at least four times a year.  However, consideration should be given to the type of business you conduct, how old the system is, and the history of the unit itself.  The environment is another contributing factor, with properties in dusty and damp locations potentially requiring more frequent attention, especially if the air conditioner is in constant use. 

Neglecting maintenance will result in a steady decline in performance and mechanical integrity, while regular air conditioning services will help the unit to consistently operate at maximum capacity, will improve energy efficiency and running costs, and will save money by limiting the need for costly repairs and replacements.

The experienced Property Management team at Ray White Commercial Bayside has a register of licenced air conditioning technicians who can recommend a tailored service agreement for every commercial property.

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