Time for technical adjustment of an air conditioner

Modern systems of climate control can establish and support any temperature inside the premises. But users do not always correctly set up equipment or forget to prepare it for exploitation, which provokes failures and threatens the health of people. If you don’t know how to adjust the necessary temperature regimen, you can be helped by the air conditioning company Denver — a certified NATE contractor, who is able to prepare the system for launch, select optimal settings, and give you a master class on air conditioner maintenance.

Why an air conditioner must be prepared for launch?

Just like any other device, an air conditioning system requires regular service maintenance. According to the data by the US Department of Energy, an unprepared air conditioner consumes 25% more energy. In addition, regular technical maintenance of an air conditioner allows it to serve up to 2 times longer than without it; even the cheapest model would serve you then not less than 15 years.

Air conditioner technical maintenance is usually held by profile organizations but air conditioner user is able to do some operations on their own. There is nothing complicated about changing an air filter once in 4-6 months or washing the drainage duct. Dust and small garbage are the main enemies of climatic equipment: deposits of dirt inside the machine are the suitable substances for proliferating microorganisms and they interfere with the normal work of a device:

  • a clogged heat exchanger withdraws heat not very well and gets icing all over it, which is the reason for condensate
  • clogging of an outer block deteriorates the heat outflow
  • clogging of a drainage duct leads to leakages
  • dust depositing on fan blades increases the load on the engine.

In addition to clogging, other problems appear: drying grease increases the friction of moving parts; fastenings become less tight because of the vibrations; coolant needs to be refilled once in two years.

Electronic elements of the control block need to be tuned periodically because a processor block accumulates errors and malfunctions with time. Diagnostics, cleaning, and maintenance of climatic equipment are recommended to be done not less frequently than once a year; before launch, the thermostat must be cleaned and microclimate parameters must be adjusted.

Tuning for cold: basic principles

The main regimen of air conditioner work is cooling. When you set the temperature, you set the parameters, which signalize the unit to stop blowing more cold air. Household split systems are capable of cooling the air down to 61 ˚F but it would not be the best idea to set an air conditioner to work at maximum capacity; the optimal working range is 72…77 ˚F. When the street temperature is below 59 ˚F, you cannot turn on the cold; the difference between the street temperature and inner temperature should not be more than 5 degrees; otherwise, you risk catching cold and breaking your device pretty soon.

Do not set minimal values — the systems of air conditioning of a new type have the function of energy consumption optimization. Inverter air conditioners are especially convenient: in the case of minimal feed of energy, they choose the optimal level of functioning on their own.

Tuning for heat: nuances and recommendations

Household air conditioners are capable of heating up the premises to 86 ˚F. The question is, how long the device is capable of withstanding the approach of colds. A non-inverter split system can work for heating only in the relatively small cold (down to 23 ˚F), inverter models can heat up the premises with a street temperature as low as 5 ˚F. Living in a region with prolonged colds, one should ponder about the installation of a heat pump, which can heat up the premises in the street cold of down to -22 ˚F.

Climatic equipment can heat up the premises thanks to the transfer of heat energy and consumes 25-30% fewer resources compared to heaters but they cannot replace the full-fledged warming of a house. The function of air heating in split systems is good for mid-season or as a temporary measure when an unplanned repair of the heating system occurs. In addition, an air conditioner can only heat up one room and dries up the air when it is used for a long time, which causes respiratory problems; so if you set the heat function, then make sure the relative air humidity inside the premises isn’t dropping below 75%.

Adjusting the temperature via a remote control

When you buy a split system, there is a remote control, which is a device with a microcircuit, designed to remotely set up the air conditioner parameters and adjust the airflow directions. The remote control works in the range of up to 9 yards; the type of system functioning and indoor temperature are set in three steps:

  1. First, an air conditioner must be plugged into the electric grid. The “on/off” button is usually located at the top and is colored in red or blue.
  2. Then, by using the Mode button, you set up the type of work by choosing the required regimen of work in the menu, like Cold or Heat. There are also graphic symbols used to indicate the selected regimens, for instance, a snowflake, the sun, a drop of water, and so on.
  3. Using the Minus and Plus buttons, you set the necessary temperature.

When there is a need to change the type of functioning, press the Reset button to reset the previous adjustments and then go to a new regimen. In the mid-season when the weather changes frequently and you should constantly change between the regimens of cooling and heating, it is expedient to use the Auto mode when a user only sets the desired temperature, allowing the system to choose an optimal mode of work itself. If you only use heating mode, you could set the length of work by adjusting the timer (the Clock button) in order to prevent air from drying.

Very old air conditioners adjust the air temperature through a thermostat, which is attached to the wall that’s not reached by airflows, direct sunlight, and radiators’ heat radiation. Also, buttons for temperature control, power, and direction of airflow can be positioned on the inner block of an air conditioner, under its cover. You could also acquire a universal remote control to control your system from distance.

Adjustment of power and direction of airflows

In addition to temperature adjustments, the remote control has buttons to manage the angle of airflow thanks to the change of the blinds. The Direction button changes the angle of the blinds, decreasing or increasing the airflow strength. The Swing button sets the direction of the flow. The power of the flow is controlled by the Fan button: changing the tumbler changes the speed of the flow. In order to reach the maximum speed, press the Turbo button but remember: the harder an air conditioner works, the louder it sounds.

What to do if the remote control doesn’t work?

If your remote control won’t react to the presses you make, don’t panic: it might only be the time to change the batteries. By the way — if you plan not to use your remote control for quite a while, it’s better to remove the batteries so they don’t discharge and live up to a new working season. If that’s not the batteries, then you should inspect your remote control, searching for a damaged screen or buttons. If necessary, check the indicator. In order to keep your remote control in a working condition, follow these simple guidelines:

  • don’t drop it and keep it away from water
  • periodically remove dust and litter from it
  • use the function of blocking if there are children in the house
  • do not allow the full discharge of batteries or an accumulator.

If your air conditioner still won’t react to any commands, you should seek help from a specialist, which is given to you by the Best Heating Cleaning & Air Company — a leading expert in air conditioning in Denver. We will repair and tune your air conditioner swiftly, 24/7, for a humble price, and explain to you how you could avoid malfunctions in the future so you feel comfortable in your home at any time!