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The questions and answers

Q: Does my Air Conditioner need to be gassed?
A: Most air conditioners do not need to be gassed regularly, unless there is a leak in the unit.

Q: Why does the air conditioner work on some days, but not on the real hot days?
A: The air conditioner may be too small for the room you have it in, or it may need to be serviced.

Q: I have turned the air conditioner down as low as it will go, but now it is blowing hot air now. Why?
A: If you run your air conditioner at a low temperature setting for a long period, this can cause the compressor to overheat. And will take hours to restart again. Also this can cause ice build up on the coils and block the air movement through the unit.

Q: My air conditioner is blowing hot air, does it need gas?
A: It is possible that the outdoor unit is not running. This could be an electrical fault or blown PCB in the air conditioner. On a rare occasion the air conditioner might need gas.

Q: Why is my air conditioner not blowing enough cold air as it used to when it was installed?
A: There are a few possibilities:

  • Your air conditioner may need to be cleaned and serviced.
  • Due to the age of the unit the compressor could be nearing the end of it’s life. If this the problem the complete unit will need to be replaced.
  • The outdoor condenser is in a closed area and not getting enough clean air across the coils.
  • Keep all weeds etc away from the condenser unit

Reverse-Cycle-Home-Air-ConditionersWhen it comes to looking after Air Conditioners there is quite a lot more to consider than first meets the eye. You have to remember that you are not always seeing the entire system, especially the Condenser which is located outside your home or office building.

Aside from the Condenser there is also the head unit, often people see this as the air conditioner because that is where all the great and lovely cool or warm air, depending on your requirements at the time, is being distributed from.

Last but not least is the remote control unit for the system. The remote control is a vital piece of the overall system and although there is not much maintenance required to keep it in good working order there are some things you need to look at and review on a regular basis to ensure you are getting the full functionality of your head unit and Inverter.

So in an attempt to make things clearer on the maintenance side of the equation we have the following list of do’s and don’ts when it comes to the overall maintenance of your Air Conditioning units.

Care for your Air Conditioner

  • Run your air conditioner at 24 to save power
  • Don’t run your air conditioner at the lowest temp for long periods as it will cause compressor failure and increase your power bill
  • Use cooling or heating mode not [auto mode]
  • Keep all doors and windows closed, bathroom & toilets inc
  • Insulate ceilings to cut running costs
  • Clean filters every 6 weeks
  • Run your air con every 2 months for at least 20 minutes
  • Get your air con serviced every 6 months [ home situation]
  • Keep your outside condenser clean from weeds and dirt. To keep out insects and prevent  rusting.
  • Keep condensate drain free of insects to avoid blockages
  • Do not install your air conditioner above electrical goods [TV, Computers]. Water overflow can cause serious damage in the case that your air conditioner develops a condensate drain problem

Air Conditioner Remote ControlCare for your Remote Control

Your Air Conditioner remote control has 2-4 Batteries that need to be changed every year

These batteries might leak into the PC board of the remote control causing damage to the electronics and destroy your remote. If this happens you might have to replace it, although sometimes we can repair it for a small fee, and possibly get if working again for you. If you think this is your issue give us a call.

If the worst happens and your remote is non-repairable then you can take solace in the fact that we carry a universal remote control that will suit several Air Conditioners, or we can in most cases order you a new replacement remote control for your particular model air conditioner.

So why not save all the above listed hassles and replace your batteries in all your remote controls every year, pick a date and put it into a calendar on your PC, wall or smart phone to remind you, 1st January is a good day.

Did you know that if your remote control is broken you can operate your air conditioner by the emergency run button or switch, normally located under the front cover at the right hand side, this will select about 23 degrees automatically for your heating or cooling depending on the time of year.

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panasonic air conditionerIf you are thinking about or already have a reverse cycle air conditioner installed in your home  or business then you may not have thought about how much more money you could be saving while using it!

Most of us are aware that reverse cycle air conditioners have a multiple purpose for both summer  and winter but to save you the maximum amount of money during its use we recommend that you read through and apply where possible as many of the following tip as you can.

Implementation of the points below will ensure that your reverse cycle air conditioner is always working at peak optimization and saving you the most money possible while in use.

The Air Conditioner: If you’re using electric heating and air-conditioning (Reverse Cycle Air Conditioning) and your home isn’t properly insulated; [ Insulation is a very important to keep the air temp in the room] this is something you should attend to as soon as possible, as heating and cooling are incredibly energy intensive applications. You’ll be amazed how much you can save  by ensure gaps around windows and doors are sealed up and your home is properly insulated. Also consider the use of blackout curtains on your windows as windows are a major point of heat loss during winter and heat gain over summer.

Lighting: In the summer months, especially in the early mornings, early evenings and into the night we tend to use quite a few lights around our homes like in the bathroom, kitchen, laundry, bedrooms and other enclosed spaces. Halogen, Fluro and other lighting systems can add to the heat that is produced in your home by between 20-35% . To help reduce the costs associated with cooling your home it is recommended that you switch as many lights as you can around your home to LED’s. By switching to LED’s you will not only save money on your cooling costs but also up to 80% of your lighting bill. Well worth the investment!

Ceiling Fans: Ceiling fans aren’t just good for summer, but for winter too – if you install a ceiling fan with a reversible direction function. During winter, set it to spin the opposite way it does over summer, which will push heat down.

Roof Turbines: Roof turbines  can dramatically decrease the temperature of your roof space during summer, which in turn will decrease the temperature of the rooms below, particularly if your roof isn’t insulated. Even over winter they are of benefit as they reduce moisture in the roof area which can affect the performance of insulation.

Cooling Area: Keep the doors shut to rooms that don’t require heating or cooling

Temperature Settings: Experiment with your air conditioning and heating thermostat. By dropping the temperature a little over winter and raising it similarly over the summer, your family may not even notice – and you’ll save a lot of electricity.

Maintenance: One of the most overlooked areas in Air Conditioners is the maintenance schedule. A well maintained heating and cooling system will help ensure maximum efficiency and aid in the overall costs associated with running the system, so ensure yours is serviced regularly the costs associated with maintenance are a lot less than the electricity bills you will receive if you do not keep it maintained.

The improper use of air conditioning has become a major source of indoor air pollution. In fact, air conditioning pollution has been known to cause serious respiratory tract infections resulting in illnesses that could be prevented with correct and proper maintenance and care of your Air Conditioning System.

Air conditioning pollution refers to the pollutants generated or accumulated in the air conditioning unit. Pollution can gain access to the indoor environment through the air conditioners ventilation system. A large variety of pollutants can survive in air conditioning systems quite happily if not removed; these include physical, chemical and biological pollutants.

Biological pollutants the biggest category of air conditioning pollutants include bacteria, fungi, pathogenic bacteria, viruses and mites, all of which can accumulate and multiply in your air conditioning system especially around the indoor fan coil unit and the heat sinks where the environment is more often than not very suitable for their growth.

These pollutants can be extremely hazardous to your health and should be taken seriously. Allergic diseases such as allergic rhinitis, asthma, and extrinsic allergic alveolars are also common problems.

Air conditioning filter screens and especially the fan coil and heat sinks are vulnerable to the accumulation of dust.  Since heat sinks in air conditioners are fitted near to where the hot and cold air interchanges, when the air conditioner is running, the humid environment created along with the temperature conditions produced by condensation, coupled with dust accumulation, provide the ideal conditions for bacteria, viruses and other micro-organisms to multiply rapidly.

If not maintained and cleaned regularly the turning on of your air conditioner will cause these pollutants to be blown into the room thus contributing to foreseeable and unavoidable health related issues.

To learn more about how to maintain and service your air conditioning unit feel free to call us anytime at Bill Norris Air Conditioning.

Here are a few pointers to help you keep that nasty electricity bill at bay when it comes to using both the heating and cooling settings on your reverse cycle air conditioner.

  • If you’re using electric heating and air-conditioning and your home isn’t properly insulated; this is something you should attend to as soon as possible as heating and cooling are incredibly energy intensive applications. You’ll be amazed how much you can save (and therefore earn) by ensure gaps around windows and doors are sealed up and your home is properly insulated. Also consider the use of blackout curtains as windows are major point of heat loss during winter and heat gain over summer.
  • Ceiling fans aren’t just good for summer, but for winter too – if you install a ceiling fan with a reversible direction function. During winter, set it to spin the opposite way it does over summer, which will push heat down.
  • Roof turbines  can dramatically decrease the temperature of your roof space during summer, which in turn will decrease the temperature of the rooms below, particularly if your roof isn’t insulated. Even over winter they are of benefit as they reduce moisture in the roof area which can affect the performance of insulation.
  • This should be the first one you think about, keep the doors shut to rooms that don’t require heating or cooling.
  • Experiment with your air conditioning and heating thermostat. By dropping the temperature a little over winter and raising it similarly over the summer, your family may not even notice – and you’ll save a stack of electricity.

Remember that a well maintained heating and cooling system will help ensure maximum efficiency and keep your costs down, so ensure yours is serviced regularly.


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