Here we have added helpful hints on how to get the best from an existing system or things to consider when shopping for a new one!
- No matter what type of system you have, regular checks and preventative maintenance will help get a better result, ensure greater economy and best reliability. Annual at a minimum!
- Did you know that many reverse cycle systems are NOT guaranteed to even run (at all) once the outside temperatures soar into the mid to high 40s? Make sure your new system will not leave you working up a sweat just when you need it most, buy following our recommended running regime below!
- In a heat wave turn your air conditioner on early as you can in the morning and leave it running until the heatwave is over, if you have to leave the house for a period of time, simply adjust your controller up a couple of degrees from say 22deg up to 24-25deg, the key to most efficient and best use out of your air conditioner is to maintain the core temperature in the space you would like to cool. Upon your return adjust the temperature back down to your regular setting when you’re at home. If you do want to turn the air conditioner off overnight while sleeping, remember to turn on or set the air conditioner to come on again as early as possible in the morning. Maintain the core temperature!
- No matter what the system there will be things you need to provide to accommodate the installation. This may be simply to provide drainage from the air conditioner or to provide sufficient room/structural support for the equipment. There will be a requirement for an adequate electricity and or gas supply. The correct unit location so noise levels do not exceed levels likely to upset your neighbour is also important. What about council approvals or approval to install from utility companies?
- Comprehensive & flexible zoning can be incorporated into any ducted system -it does not follow that the system can be run with all of the zones on or most of the areas closed off, it all depends on what conditions the unit has been sized for!
- If a reverse cycle ducted or split system stops the first thing to look at the control and see if there is a display showing that there is electricity connected to the system. If not, check that the power isolator at the outdoor unit is turned on and that the circuit breaker/fuse at the switch board is also on/not blown. If all these things appear fine then check the filter is clean. Try “resetting” the system by turning off the isolator switch at the outdoor unit and waiting for 5 minutes before turning it back on. The machine may take another 5 minutes before you will know if this worked.
If none of this works you probably need professional help -why not try our service people.
- Are you building a new home? It’s a good idea to think about co-ordinating the installation process so that things go smoothly. For starters it’s important to ensure the builder is working to a design which ensures clearance and support for all the equipment. The major parts except the outdoor unit and outlets will ideally be installed before any plasterboard linings are installed as better access will often mean installation options are less limited ensuring the best result possible. Once the painting is done, but before the tiles and floor coverings go in, it’s a great time to install the outlets. Many customers prefer the security of having their outdoor unit installed close to “moving in day”, to avoid possibly of theft while the house is uninhabited.
- During a very cold morning or evening a reverse cycle ducted or split system might well go into defrost mode. There could be a lot of steam (looking for all the world like smoke) coming from the outdoor unit and the outdoor unit might still seem like it is running but there probably won’t be any air coming from the indoor unit. If there is air coming from the indoor unit it will likely be icy cold. Do not turn off the system when it is defrosting! Defrosting is a normal operation for a cold condition, and can occur every hour so don’t worry.
- Using air conditioners efficiently getting out of bad habits can be the key to ensuring you don’t spend more than you need to on home cooling, and could also help to extend the lifespan of your air conditioners. This includes not setting the temperature lower than needed, which will waste energy,cleaning and changing the filter as regularly as your manufacturer recommends. Filters that become clogged with dust and other debris will be impaired in their efficiency, causing increased strain on air conditioners