Does My Air Conditioner Need to be Cleaned?

Your air conditioning system circulates air throughout your home — and with it, plenty of dust and debris. That’s why it’s important to clean your air filter regularly. But does your air conditioning unit need a deeper clean?

Is your air conditioner dirty?

If you’ve been noticing higher power bills, strange odours in your home, or that your air conditioner simply isn’t keeping your home at a comfortable temperature, it may need repair — or it could just be dirty. Your system moves a lot of air throughout your home, picking up dust and dirt particles along the way. And because the system uses water to work, it’s susceptible to mould and mildew.

The truth is, while air filters play an important part in the function of your air conditioner, they won’t prevent dirt, mildew, and mould from accumulating on your system. Several components, such as the barrel fan, coils, and drainage system can collect buildup and impair your air conditioner’s function. This can happen even if you change/clean your filters. In time, the unit stops performing effectively, increasing your costs and failing to keep your home cool.

Why you should get your air conditioner cleaned

A blocked air conditioner is unhealthy and inefficient. For example, the evaporator coil plays a major role in cooling your home. If they’re coated in dirt, they simply won’t be able to function. Without a thorough cleaning, your air conditioner’s components will eventually need extensive repair which can be costly. By getting your system cleaned before it’s too late, you can spare yourself additional repairs or more extensive replacements later.

And remember, your air conditioner is blowing air throughout your home. If it’s coated in dust, mould, and allergens, your indoor air quality will significantly decrease. You may notice a musty or mildewy smell, and you could experience symptoms such as headaches, allergies or respiratory issues.

So, what can you do to keep yourself and your family comfortable and safe?

How to clean an air conditioner

Most air conditioning systems rarely get the deep clean they need, because their components are buried within your home’s structure. That’s why it’s a good idea to call in a professional to get the job done right.

In a nutshell, you should clean/change your filters every 3 months and have your air conditioners professionally cleaned every 1-2 years, depending on your usage. HVAC pros recommend a hydro clean.

What is involved with hydro cleaning?

A hydro clean is an in-depth process that improves your air conditioner’s efficiency and safety. Here are the basic steps your aircon servicing professional will take. At Siv Air, we ensure a thorough and safe hydro clean service, including:

  • Remove and clean all air conditioner covers and filters.
  • Perform the hydro cleaning of internal air conditioner components: barrel fan, evaporator coils, condensate drain pan, louvers, and fan blades. This removes any build-up and microbes that could be affecting your system.
  • Check for the correct amount of refrigerant to ensure that your system can effectively cool your home.
  • Check that all fans are operating correctly so that air can be moved without causing build-up.
  • Measure the electric current draw of the unit (volts and amps) to determine its efficiency.
  • Treat the air conditioner with all-natural tea tree products to kill microbes at no risk to your home’s occupants.

It’s time to get your air conditioner cleaned

While filter replacement is a basic part of air conditioner maintenance, it’s not enough to keep your system — and your family — healthy. A deep cleaning will prolong the life of your air conditioner and prevent odours, allergens, and dirt from spreading around your home. Plus, an efficient system will reduce your utility bills.

To schedule a hydro cleaning that improves the function of your air conditioner, contact Siv Air and get your air conditioner performing like new again. In addition to cleaning your system, we use Environmental Air Solutions natural products to prevent harmful build-up of microbes and pathogens in your aircon system. Keep your home comfortable and your family safe: book us today.

Hydro Service What It Is and Why Your Aircon Is Begging For It

We Love Air Conditioning Service As Much As You Love Your Air Conditioner

There are days where your air conditioner can seem like your best friend. But unfortunately, that “best friend” produces condensation and can therefore be a breeding ground for mould, mildew, and other allergens, especially in a hot, wet climate like we have in Cairns.

Regular maintenance is the key to not only maintaining the life of your air conditioner, but it’s also essential to your own health. Cleaning your filters every three months is important, but every year or two you need a thorough air conditioning cleaning. Microbial contamination — bacteria, mould, and fungi that can grow inside a dirty air conditioner — can be detrimental to your health and especially harmful for children or those who suffer from asthma or allergies.

The presence of mould in your air conditioner can cause wheezing, watery eyes, coughing, or even rashes or hives. The great news is that a little regular maintenance is all it will take to save your family from microbial contamination, as well as make your air conditioner last years longer. Some of the maintenance you can do on your own, but you will need a cleaning by the professional team at Siv Air every year or two.

Your Air Conditioner Needs More Than Clean Filters

Cleaning and replacing air conditioner filters is something many homeowners know how to do themselves.

To clean your aircon’s filters, turn off the unit, remove the filter, and use a vacuum attachment to clean the dust off of them. If they are washable, you can soak them for an hour in a solution of half water and half white vinegar, and then allow them to dry thoroughly before replacing them. If the filter isn’t washable or has sustained damage, it’s time to replace it. Again, this process should be completed every three months.

As important as this is, maintaining your air conditioner properly requires more than replacing its filters. A thorough, professional cleaning is necessary to truly eliminate harmful microbes and extend the life of your aircon.

The Experts on How to Clean Your Air Conditioner

Every one to two years, your air conditioner needs to be thoroughly serviced. If you have a smoker in the home or have pets, the unit will need more frequent cleaning.

At Siv Air, we don’t just clean your air conditioners we service them. A Hydro Service is more thorough than typical aircon servicing and can clean parts of your air conditioning unit not achievable by hand.

When Siv Air arrives to clean your air conditioner, we first provide a thorough assessment of what is and is not needed for your unit. Each factor is taken into account and the status is presented to you with recommendations.

If a Hydro Service is in order, we will remove the air conditioner cover and filters and take them outside for a thorough cleaning. We will then inspect the evaporator coil for contamination or evidence of icing.

As we begin the Hydro Service process, a large waterproof bag is placed under your air conditioner to collect the runoff and prevent any damage to the surrounding area. This means your air conditioning unit can stay in place, preventing any unnecessary wear and tear on it.

We then treat the barrel fan, evaporator coils, condensate drain pan, louvers, fan blades, covers, and casing with a tested and safe chemical solution specifically designed to kill microbial contamination and rinse away clean.

Once the solution has had a chance to kill the mould, fungi, and bacteria, we pressure wash all parts of the unit with a specially designed, battery-operated pressure washer until the air conditioner is thoroughly cleaned and 100% safe for use.

A Clean Aircon Is Not the End

Our air conditioner cleaning service doesn’t end when the unit is clean. Siv Air is proud to treat each unit we service with products from Environmental Air Solutions. Locally made here in Cairns with pure Australian tea tree oil, EAS products help inhibit the regrowth of mould spores, fungi, and bacteria on your air conditioning unit. Tea tree oil is noted for its antiseptic, antibacterial, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, and antiviral properties.

Once we’ve got your unit cleaned up and mould-treated, we inspect your refrigerant level and refill it as necessary. We ensure your fans operate correctly and check the electrical draw of the unit. Finally, we even inspect your remote controls to ensure they are in proper working order.

Why Does Your Aircon Need a Hydro Service?

1.   You’ll breathe easier.

The mould and bacteria that form in your unit become airborne each time it is turned on, and your health suffers for it. This is especially true for children or those who are ill, or asthma or allergy sufferers.

The Hydro process allows us to kill microbes, fungi, and bacteria even in parts of your unit that aren’t serviceable by hand. So in the end, not only will your air conditioning unit be cleaner, but so will the air you breathe in your home.

2.   You’ll save on your energy bill and experience cooler air.

Neglecting necessary maintenance will cause a significant decline in air conditioning performance, causing energy use (and your bill!) to steadily increase.

A dirty air conditioner has to work much harder to cool the air, costing you significantly more on your energy bill each month. A clean coil and fan have a higher volume of air passing through them, meaning they cool the air far more easily. A clean aircon is a happy aircon, and a more environmentally responsible one at that.

A Hydro Service will potentially pay for itself over time on your energy bill, so when you’re saving money and looking out for your family’s health, there are no drawbacks.

3.   Your unit will work better and last longer.

Any time your air conditioner is running, it’s getting dirty. Thorough air conditioning service is required to keep it running at peak performance and efficiency.

Cleaning your filters is necessary, but it just isn’t enough. Just like your car needs regular oil changes and tune-ups, your air conditioner needs regular professional service to maintain its life span.

4.   Hydro Servicing may prevent property damage.

Blocked drains from your air conditioner can cause water leaks, potentially damaging your unit or the surrounding area, or in some cases even causing electrical shorts that can lead to fires.

Siv Air: The Premier Aircon Experts

Siv Air has provided residential and commercial air conditioning service for years, and is insured and licensed to install, service, diagnose, and repair.

At Siv Air, we want you to breathe easy, and we’ve got the expertise to make that happen. It is possible to escape the heat with a pristine air conditioner that runs more efficiently and quietly for you.

Check out our website to read more about our services and testimonials from our many satisfied customers. Contact us to schedule an appointment in Cairns or the surrounding areas in Queensland.