Monsoons are approaching and it’s essential to keep your air conditioners functioning well. But with changes in climate over the years, spells of monsoons are usually intermingled with brief periods of scorching heat – which might make you seek relief from your air conditioner. Even if you don’t use it during the monsoon, when October heat comes knocking on your door you don’t want to find out that your AC has succumbed to the onslaught of monsoon and cannot help you anymore. To keep that from happening, here are some tips that you should follow.

Get a surge protector

If you live in an area where monsoons bring along frequent power cuts, it’s essential to get a surge protector to protect your air conditioner. Unexpected power failure and electrical fluctuations can do severe damage to the AC’s internal electric components and can wear them out before its expected life.

Keep your outdoor unit clean

Split AC are accompanied by an outdoor unit that is integral in the operation of the air conditioner. Rainfall and stormy weather can clog the outdoor compressor unit with leaves and dust. Getting a breathable cover for the outdoor unit should go a long way in keeping it functioning well.

Check & replace air filters

The proper maintenance of air filters can increase the life span of the AC, will help in conserving energy and will also keep the air quality good in your home. Ideally, air filters should be changed every 30-90 days, depending on the type and air efficiency of the filter your AC uses.

Unclog rear drain

Air conditioners have a rear drain to dispose of the water that gets collected in the AC during condensation. If your drainage pipe is clogged, it will increase the humidity inside the room since the water has no place to escape – which might also lead to water dripping inside the room. These drainage pipes might also house mould and algae over time. A cup of bleach can be used in such cases to avoid blockage.

Clean condenser coils

Condenser coils (located in the outdoor unit for a Split AC and within the case of a Window AC) are the most integral part of any air conditioner, being directly responsible for cooling. Dusty windstorms can fill it with dust and debris. You can use a brush to remove the debris and water to clean the coils of all dust.

A condenser coil is responsible for cooling. This one is from a refrigerator but follows the same principle as those in an AC.



Switch off AC during a thunderstorm

If your outdoor unit is in a place that is exposed to the damaging lightning strikes of a thunderstorm, it’s best to switch off the AC before a thunderstorm hit. A lightning strike can cause a power surge that can put the outdoor compressor out of business. These tips should help in protecting your air conditioner from the troubles of monsoon weather. If you do undertake any of these tasks, ensure that you have enough knowledge to carry them out. And if you’re not too sure about that, it’s best to get your AC serviced by professionals.

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