Using your air conditioner every day? It’s probably accumulating dust or even mould. As a homeowner, it is a must to have your aircon cleaned regularly. If you’ve engaged in servicing before, your aircon servicing guy must’ve thrown the word “chemical wash” at you while doing regular cleaning. We’re pretty sure it sounded expensive and unnecessary to you.
But, what is the difference between a regular aircon cleaning and a chemical wash?
When you ask your aircon service contractor to clean your aircon in Singapore, they provide you with two options—regular cleaning, as a part of routine servicing, and chemical wash.
The difference might seem obvious from their names. Still, there are more disparities than just using water and special chemical solutions:
A trustworthy aircon servicing professional always recommends regular cleaning as a part of aircon maintenance because it is already sufficient unless your air conditioner has more complex issues. Performing regular cleaning will provide you with the following benefits:
When you switch on your air conditioner, air from your room goes into the unit and is thrown out colder. Regular cleaning includes cleansing the air filter inside your unit, ensuring that the air is always clean in your room when you use the air conditioner. You can clean your air filter every 30 days or every 14 days if you use your aircon frequently during the day.
You could also leave it to your aircon professional to clean the dust or mould building up inside your unit. They could vacuum it from your evaporator coil, condenser coil, coil fins, and drain line, clearing out as much dirt as possible to ensure that the air released is always as clean as possible.
We usually recommend our happy customers to perform regular servicing every three months.
A dirty aircon could be the culprit of that sudden increase in your electricity bill. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, a clogged and dirty air filter can increase your energy consumption by up to 15% as a dirty aircon does not work efficiently. The dirt makes your aircon work harder, increasing your electricity bill.
Too much dirt will cause an enormous strain on your aircon’s functioning. Your unit will be prone to overheat, and the strain will reduce its lifespan. Ice will also begin to form within the unit, blocking more functions and causing leakage.
Leaving your aircon dirty for many months will also make it harder to clean when you decide to clean it. Therefore, it is better to clean it routinely.
A well-trained aircon service contractor will perform regular maintenance while cleaning your aircon. They should check all the parts of your aircon, whether it is an indoor or outdoor unit. The visual inspection should also detect any malfunction or potential problems.
As a result, you will prevent expensive repairs for weak unit parts.
On top of the regular cleaning benefits, when needed, aircon chemical wash comes with these added perks:
A regularly used aircon is a place for dust and mould. The accumulation of these things may lead to:
Fortunately, an aircon chemical wash will thoroughly clean your aircon. Some professionals, like us, even go the extra mile to wash it using industry-grade chemical solutions with a high-pressure washer to clean and break down mould that may have formed within your units.
Once washed, you will breathe the purer and fresher air that your aircon blows!
When your HVAC professional performs aircon chemical cleaning, they will partially or completely disassemble your aircon. That allows them to cleanse every part of the unit in and out.
After cleaning, your HVAC professional will inspect each component and try to spot a potential problem in your aircon. Based on their inspection, they may recommend servicing or replacement of particular parts if needed, ensuring proper functionality of all components within your unit.
Water leakage in your aircon happens due to the overflow of water. The water comes from melting ice that formed on the aircon’s coils. That occurs due to the accumulation of dirt restricting the proper airflow needed.
Undoubtedly, chemical solutions are better at eliminating dirt than regular water. By cleaning and preventing that dirt from accumulating within your aircon unit, be it on the coils or inside the drain lines, aircon chemical cleaning can prevent water leakage.
The buildup of dirt and mould hinder the airflow of your aircon. A dirty aircon will not blow cool air as efficiently as a regularly maintained aircon. For this reason, you cannot enjoy cool air instantly when you turn on your aircon. Instead, you might have to wait for more than 45 minutes or even hours until the aircon reaches your set temperature.
Suppose you notice that your aircon is not cooling your room as expected, it is wise to give a call to your HVAC professional and ask for their advice, get a consultation on whether it needs a chemical wash or just good old regular cleaning.
You get more benefits from chemical cleaning than regular cleaning. Still, you do not have to do chemical cleaning all the time. Stick to routine cleaning, and consult your aircon service provider for chemical cleaning when deemed necessary.
Both types of cleaning work towards helping your aircon function efficiently and prolong its lifespan. Contact your aircon service contractor now for an expert opinion.
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