Air Conditioners FAQ’s
How can I save energy when using my air conditioner?
The following tips will ensure your air con is both comfortable and economical all year round:
- During hot weather, turn your air conditioner on early rather than working it harder once your home warms up.
- Adjust the louvres on split system air conditioners so they disperse air downwards when heating and upwards when cooling.
- Clean the air filter regularly.
- Check the energy star labels on your air conditioner –the more stars, the more energy efficient.
How often should I clean my filter?
- In normal domestic situations twice a year is best at the start of summer and again at the start of winter. In a commercial situation once every month.
Can I switch my air conditioner off at the power point or at the fuse box?
- It is OK to turn the power off, especially if you are away for long periods. Most units have a low wattage crankcase heater that keeps the compressor warm. If the compressor is cold, damage will occur at start-up If you turn off your air conditioner it must be turned on at least 12 hours before use.
I have a ducted air conditioner and the air only comes out in part of the house?
- Ducted systems can be designed so that only parts of the house (zones) can be air conditioned at a time. Check that the zone switch is turned on.
My air conditioner doesn’t seem to be heating?
- Check that you have changed your air conditioner from summer mode (which is a snowflake symbol) to winter mode (which is a sun symbol).
My air conditioner doesn’t seem to be cooling?
- Check that you have changed your air conditioner from winter mode (which is a sun symbol) to summer mode (which is a snowflake symbol)
The unit won’t switch on and the operation lamp is flashing?
- Contact us to discuss further.
During the heating cycle a white mist is expelled from the outdoor fans?
- During winter, most air conditioners defrost when the outdoor temperature is below 6C. This mist is normal, it is only warm water vapour being expelled. You can expect condensation to be running from the outdoor unit while in heat mode.
I turn my air conditioner on in winter and nothing happens?
- In winter mode when you turn your air con on nothing will happen for approximately 3 minutes as the outdoor unit needs to warm up before there is any airflow so that the airflow is warm not at the outdoor temperature.
In winter sometimes the air coming out feels cool?
- In winter mode the air may feel cooler when the outdoor unit cycles off or goes into defrost mode. The air is actually at room temperature it just feels cooler as it isn’t warm air.
We had a power outage & now my air conditioner won’t work?
- If are having problems with your air conditioner you can try resetting the power by turning off the isolator switch to your air conditioner for 10 seconds and then turning it back on, this will reset the air conditioner. If you are still having problems after doing this please call us to discuss further.
What To Look For In An Airconditioner
- Get the right size air conditioner for your home or work place – Ensure you choose the right air conditioner for your individual needs.
- Professional installation – Installation should be neat and tidy with quality products to ensure the efficiency of the unit.
- Noise level considerations – Noise level should be minimal so that the indoor and outdoor unit doesn’t disturb anyone.
- Energy efficiency – Ensure you choose the most energy efficient air conditioner for your individual needs.
- Certified operation in extremes – A Daikin air conditioner is certified to operate when temperatures soar as high as 46C (cooling) or fall as low as minus 10C (heating).
Every home is different, and the right air conditioner will depend on many factors, such as room orientation, window size and ceiling insulation to name a few. It’s an important decision to get right, as an air conditioner that’s too small won’t adequately heat or cool your home, but one that’s too large will be inefficient and expensive to run. ACSIS has the knowledge, skills and experience to help you make the right choice.
An air conditioner is a significant investment, so reliability is a key concern. The air conditioners we supply are built to a high quality, with strict quality control standards and come with a 5-year warranty on parts and labour when installed by our team of airconditioning experts.
Can I change my evaporative unit to a reverse cycle air conditioner?
To change your evaporative unit to a ducted reverse cycle air conditioner you will need to replace everything for the following reasons:
- The duct used on evaporative systems is larger than reverse cycle systems because an evaporative system relies on larger airflow to cool you like a fan. Reverse cycle air conditioning is temperature controlled so uses less air flow so you don’t feel the air blowing on you.
- The outlets used on evaporative systems are larger and placed at the entrance to rooms so the air is drawn out the windows. Reverse cycle outlets are smaller and placed near the windows as this is the heat source and the airflow is sucked back through the room to the return air grille which is usually located in a hallway.
- If the evaporative outlets are left in the original location, at the entrance to the room, you will find the rooms won’t heat/cool effectively as the air isn’t being drawn through the room, it is being drawn straight out the door to the return air grille.
A reverse cycle air conditioner is an extremely worthwhile investment but can be an expensive waste of money if it isn’t installed to work effectively.
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