It is not long before we have to turn on our air conditioner again. The first thing to do, then, is not to be caught unprepared and to plan for maintenance.
- Air conditioner cleaning and maintenance is a guarantee for people's health and system efficiency.
- Maintenance operations are regulated by precise rules.
- Condensate problem can be easily handled by condensate drain pumps.
- The latest generation of condensate drainage pumps adapt to different situations and are extremely quiet.
Here we will look together at the steps to take and also consider how to handle the condensate issue, thanks to the use of practical and functional drain pumps.
Air conditioner maintenance: from cleaning the filters and motor to checking the refrigerant gas.
Air conditioner filters are the plastic grids that are located inside the split. Once removed, they should be washed under warm running water with soap or degreaser. This operation is important because it allows dust and bacteria to be removed. The benefit is, of course, to your health, but it also benefits the air conditioner's ability to function. After washing, remember that it is essential the filter is perfectly dry before it is placed back inside the air conditioner.
The OUTDOOR UNIT also requires maintenance. In particular, it is the motor that requires our attention. Dirt that may have accumulated during idle time compromises proper operation and increases energy consumption!
Finally, the REFRIGERANT GAS. Its control is the responsibility of qualified technicians who, with specific equipment, are able to measure the liquid level and pressure so as to ensure perfect operation. Technicians are also responsible for deep sanitization of the internal parts of the air conditioner, which involves the use of specific sanitizers.
What the law says about the maintenance of air conditioners.
Since 2014, the italian law has stipulated that air conditioners with an output of more than 12 kW must undergo regular periodic maintenance, be equipped with a system booklet, and have an energy efficiency report. If air conditioning systems are installed in workplaces, the provisions for the protection of Occupational Health and Safety are also added. In this case, it is the company that must require cleaning and maintenance by trained technicians. To ensure the healthiness of the premises, it is also important that the drainage of condensation water be checked, to prevent the proliferation of mold and mildew even in hidden corners. An aspect, the latter, that is important to keep in mind for every room.
Why a condensate drain pump is a good solution.Removal of condensate water, which naturally forms from the indoor unit or split due to the exchange between warm room air and returned cold air, is traditionally done by gravity. The limitations of this solution are several:
- poor flexibility of split installation, given the unavoidable requirement of gravity for exhaust;
- unsightly piping, not to mention the possibility of leaks at joints;
- difficulty in adding an air conditioning system in the case of an already constructed building.
On the other hand, if one opts for the use of a condensate removal pump, there are no limitations in terms of freedom of installation. Whether it is the top floor of an apartment building or a basement, condensate drain pumps are a viable solution. Today you can choose from several models, designed for different environments and all characterized by ease of installation.
Moreover, the latest generation of condensate drain pumps are made with anti-vibration systems that make them particularly quiet. Space is also never a problem, since there are very thin models that can be installed directly inside the split.
Finally, a green tip: condensate water from the air conditioner can be reused!