Portable air conditioners can sound surprisingly demanding to maintain. Problems are quick to arise without routine and informed maintenance. Appropriate maintenance enables optimal efficiency and allows you to enjoy the comfort of a portable air conditioner during the summer months, minimising the risk of breakdowns or the need for expensive repairs.
Consistently Wash and Maintain Nylon Filters
A crucial tip in the upkeep of a portable air conditioner is to always maintain the filters. Filters are the heart of the unit and are extremely important to the quality of your cooling experience.
Luckily, our nylon filters are fully washable and can be used repeatedly after wash. Simply rinse the filter in warm water with mild detergent. You may want to use a brush to remove any dust or dirt. Later, leave to air dry before returning to the unit. Please note not to force dry the filters. We recommend cleaning filters at least every two weeks.
Clean the grill and louvre
An obvious area to clean is the grill and louvre. Use a soft brush or dry cloth to remove dust particles.
Ensure the Unit’s Condenser and Evaporate Coils Are Clean
Unlike the filters, overheating due to dirty condenser coils can cause headaches and be extremely costly. You may be better off replacing a unit rather than replacing its coils.
You should consider getting your portable air conditioning serviced regularly by a professional engineer. Your engineer should carefully clean the condenser and evaporate coils, ideally before and after each season, with coil cleaner solution to remove grease and dirt build-up. This will ensure the coils remain working healthily for a long time.
Keep the Exhaust Hose Straight and Short
A very simple but often taken for granted tip is to ensure that the portable air conditioner exhaust hose is straight and as short as possible and limited to the maximum length specified in the instruction manual. This maximises both efficiency and cooling inside a room. This also minimises moisture build up inside the hose and risk of overheating problems in the air conditioner itself, typically overheating or compressor failure. Making this small adjustment can cause immediate results in the performance of your air conditioner.
Always Keep Your Portable Air Conditioning Upright
It is very important to remember that the portable air conditioner must always be kept upright; never place it on its sides or upside down as this will damage the unit and if left in these positions for prolonged periods of time, it will most likely be beyond repair.
Use Portable Air Conditioning in a Clean Environment
Always use and place your unit in a clean environment. Dirty or dusty rooms can cause overheating and poor air quality. Avoid using a portable air conditioning in a dusty room particularly with building works, plastering or refurbishment.
Use Portable Air Conditioning in a Safe Environment
Always use and place your unit away from direct sunlight with the doors closed. Placement of your Portable Air Conditioner is key to whether it can function properly. This is also true for humid areas. You should never use a portable air conditioner in very hot rooms for long periods of time; always follow the manual instruction and observe the operating temperature range. Turning off unnecessary heat sources in the room can help the air conditioning to perform more efficiently.
We often only realize the importance of a portable air conditioner during the summer months. Sometimes, we tend to take our air conditioning unit for granted especially during winter. However, routine maintenance is the only way to ensure the longevity of your portable air conditioner and to ensure that your warranty of your portable air conditioning is not compromised. Your warranty does not cover you if your portable air conditioning has not been used properly and safely.
The tips above are essential things you can do to ensure that your unit will remain in prime shape for the next summer season.