Problems Encountered with Window Air Conditioners

by : rsbombard

Although it is quite a serious investment to install an air conditioner, many of us just plug in the device and forget about any sort of maintenance, until our window air conditioner stops providing the service we have gotten used to. This is the last thing that you should do. Neglecting your air conditioner's maintenance would not only mean that the efficiency levels would drop but you might also be faced with stiff repair costs. However, if you just follow a few proper maintenance guidelines provided in the instruction manual, you can avoid a lot of problems.

What we do in the following part of the article is to provide you with a basic plan on how to take proper care of your air conditioner so that it can perform at its peak and also a few troubleshooting tips when you have to deal with unforeseen problems.

The first idea is to prevent your unit before it starts showing up problems. Since all air conditioners use filters, it is of primary importance to maintain the filter as without the filter in a proper condition no unit will be able enough to perform. So if you need efficiency from your air conditioner you must have the filter clean. It is best to clean them once every month.

Also be sure that the condenser coils of the air conditioner are clean and not covered by dust and dirt. Sometimes dust and grime can hide at places where it is not visible to the naked eye. It is best to vacuum the coils with a crevice tool so that you can reach all the nooks and the corners.

Problems, however, might still crop up and you have to deal with them. Sometimes you'll notice a musty smell coming out of your air conditioner. This may be because of the moisture dust and dirt which leads to the formation of mold and mildew in the dip tray. All you got to do is to remove the dip tray and wash it with soap and water. It is best to do this once every year which would ensure that you never get this smell.

If you find some water leaking from the window air conditioner it might well be the interior moisture. It may be because your unit is tilted inwards, though it actually should be tilted outward. This hampers the drainage. Just get the unit installed properly and you will no longer encounter the problem.