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9 Tips & Tricks to Take Care of your Air Conditioner in Summer?

Summer is almost here. We, the residents of Odisha are well aware of the scoring temperatures of the state, no matter if it is day or night during the summers. Whether you are out in open, or in your house, the heat is unbearable across the state. Citizens of the Smart City – Bhubaneswar usually see 40+ degrees during summer.

 

How to Take Care of Air Conditioner in the Summer !!

Your  air conditioner is the modern luxury that cools your family and your home when you need it most. However, air conditioners become less energy efficient over time, especially if you don’t care for them as you should. While some of these problems are the unavoidable result of age, there are issues caused by the buildup of dirt, dust and grime that are completely preventable if you take care to provide the proper maintenance. When certain parts of your air conditioner aren’t cleaned regularly, the entire unit has to work harder and use more energy to create the comfortable environment you desire, which is important to keep in mind whether you have central air or are looking to increase window air conditioner efficiency. Follow these air conditioner efficiency tips to save money and get the most from your appliance.

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1. Schedule Your Annual AC Service Inspection in the Spring

It’s vital that you invest in an annual tune-up before the hot weather arrives. Most HVAC companies offer tune-up services to keep your system running at optimum energy efficiency. A tune-up will include tightening all electrical connections, lubricating fans and cleaning the system. The technician will check the coolant levels and be able to diagnose more serious issues that sometimes arise after years of use, like refrigerant leaks, and then fix the damage to restore your high-functioning air conditioner. Just as tuning up your car improves gas mileage levels, tuning up your air conditioner will make it more energy efficient and help preemptively avoid major breakdowns.

2. Change the Air Filter

Your air conditioner moves air through your home in a regular cycle. After it sends the cool air into living areas, it then collects old air and moves it back through the system. Before the air returns to your air handler near the furnace, it goes through an air filter, which captures particulates and airborne pollutants that could damage your system. As the air filter fills with allergens and dust, it gets clogged up, which limits the airflow moving to the handler and causes your system to strain and run inefficiently. Extend the life of your air conditioner and keep its energy efficiency at peak performance levels by changing the air filter regularly. Make sure you’re also choosing the right air filter for your home. Also don’t forget to do a gas filling work of your AC unit.

3. Clean the Return Air Ducts

In addition to changing the filter, you should also take the time to clean your return air ducts. Duct covers that are clogged with lint, dust and dirt block airflow and force your system to work harder, shortening its lifespan while harming its efficiency. Vacuum these ducts every time you clean the room to ensure that there is adequate airflow reaching your HVAC unit.

4. Check the Pipe Insulation of Your Air Conditioner

Torn or disintegrated insulation can impact the air conditioner’s cooling power. Inspect the insulation covering the coolant pipes each summer, and replace them if necessary to keep the air conditioner running efficiently. You can easily remove the old insulation and replace it with new materials yourself.

5. Ask Ac Repairer for the Duct work

Even the duct work in new homes can be dirty, as construction debris and dust naturally collects inside them. If rodents or other pests have visited your home, then your ducts may also have a coating of droppings and nesting materials inside them. When the air turns on, fine particulates drift into the home and lower your indoor air quality. They also drift back through your air conditioner system on the return air side and start to hamper airflow. Have the ducts professionally cleaned as needed to improve indoor air quality and make your system more energy efficient.

In addition to being dirty, duct work can also be leaky. Loose joints or damaged sections of duct work can allow your treated air to escape into unoccupied areas of your home, which can seriously harm your energy efficiency. You can patch accessible leaks with aluminum foil tape, but for leaks deeper in the system, you may need to have your duct work professionally sealed with special equipment. For further duct work efficiency, you can wrap your accessible ducts with insulation.

6. Give Your Wiring an Inspection

Another way to improve your air conditioning efficiency is to check the wiring in the condensing unit for any signs of overheating or wear. Please don’t forget to turn off the air conditioner before you begin. If you see scorched, frayed or damaged wires, call a professional AC Service provider to repair the damage.

7. Clean the Outside of AC Compressor

One of the most important central air efficiency tips is to keep your compressor and condenser coils clean. This is part of a tune-up, so you won’t have to open the system if you invest in professional services. However, the coils can get dirty, which means they will struggle to absorb heat effectively. You can clean the evaporator and condenser coils with a garden hose, but be careful to not get any electrical connections wet. When cleaning coils, inspect the fins, as they are delicate and bend easily. If you notice any bent fins, simply straighten them out using a fin comb. In addition, you should remove any grass, weeds or old leaves from the winter that accumulate near your air conditioner, and avoid landscaping within two feet of the unit. Items should not be stored near the exterior compressor, because anything blocking airflow makes the system less energy efficient.

8. Give Your System a Break

Even with proper maintenance, a system that is constantly running will lose efficiency faster and need to be replaced earlier than a system that is used moderately. Going easy on your air conditioner will keep your monthly energy bills low, too. To make sure you’re not relying too much on your air conditioner to keep your home comfortable, try these tips:

  • Upgrade to a smart thermostat. You’ll be able to control your thermostat from anywhere with a smartphone, and you can easily create custom cooling schedules so that you’re not wasting AC when nobody is home.
  • Seal air leaks around your home with caulk and spray foam.
  • Replace weather stripping around doors and windows if it’s cracked or brittle.
  • Block out solar heat from sun-facing windows with heavy drapes or blackout curtains.
  • Make sure your ceiling fans are turning counterclockwise and use them often in occupied rooms so that you can set the thermostat higher without sacrificing comfort.
  • Avoid using heat-producing appliances during the heat of the day. Run the dryer, dishwasher and oven after dark, when the temperature is lower.

9. Save More When Think to Buy a New Air Conditioner

If you are wondering how to make your air conditioning more efficient while you think along an elderly unit that is decades old, it’s nearly certain that the most effective way to bring your cooling bills down is to invest in a new air conditioner altogether. Look for a unit that bears the ENERGY STAR label which indicates the energy consumption mark on the Air Conditioner Unit, so you know that you’re purchasing one of the most efficient models on the market. It’s a large amount of cash to shell out in one go, but you’ll thank yourself later with the savings you experience over time, not to mention all the future breakdowns and repairs that you avoid.

 

Odisha Repair Team offers repairing  services for ACs from all makes and models namely – Voltas, Samsung, Daikin, LG, Whirlpool, Videocon, Godrej, Mitsubishi, O General, Blue Star and Hitachi etc. We are always ready to serve you at your doorstep!  This summer, we hope your AC works flawlessly, if not, Call us – 8339003300

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AC Remote Not Working? – 4 Easy Tricks on How to Troubleshoot Your AC Remote

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If your air conditioning unit is not responding to the remote, we recommend you follow these steps before you book a diagnostic callout.

In most circumstances, it’s usually the remote and 9 times out of 10, you’ll be able to fix it on the spot. So before you get up out of your blanket burrito and start tinkering with the system, here are some simple ways to troubleshoot your AC remote.

Check the remote

First, check if the display on the remote is working by seeing if you can read the information on it. If not, a simple fix of a battery change will likely solve your issue. To remove the batteries from a split system remote control, simply slide the remote panel down to reveal the other buttons. When it stops, give it an extra tug to slide the panel off completely. The battery compartment will be exposed. Check that the metal components are not corroded and replace the batteries. Double-check the user manual to ensure you are using the correct batteries and also remember to inspect the remote to make sure you insert them the right way round.

If you have another remote in the house that you use for another same brand split air conditioner, you can try it on the unit that’s not working. If the air conditioner responds to this remote, you know that the other one is faulty and needs to be replaced.

The next step is to check the LED light on the top of the remote control. The LED light is responsible for sending signals to the sensor on the interface of the air conditioner unit. If you’ve dropped the remote control, the LED could have detached from other internal components. You will need an infrared sensor card to check if the remote control sends out a signal correctly from the LED.

Another consideration is your proximity to the unit. The remote needs to be within ten metres of the unit to function, and there cannot be furniture or other objects blocking the path of the sensor on the surface of the unit. Clean the sensors to ensure there isn’t any grime on them that’s interfering either.  Another common cause of remote control damage is moisture. Exposure to a spilled drink or other liquids can cause your remote control to stop working.

Check the unit

Another approach to check if your remote is working is to rule out the fact that the unit is responsible for the malfunction.  To do so, press the buttons you’ll find towards the bottom right side of the unit manually to see if they work. If they do, but do not respond to the remote, you can assume the signal from the remote is not reaching the unit or is not being recognised.

Perform a reboot of the system

If you’ve ruled out that the remote is faulty, reset the system by turning it off at the main power, and leaving it off for about 30 minutes. If the problem persists once you have turned the power on again, we recommend you book a service so a technician can run a diagnostic check of the system. We may discover that the board inside the indoor unit is not talking to the remote anymore and needs to be replaced. We will also test the remote to see if it is faulty.

You can extend the life of your handheld remote control by ensuring it’s stored in the wall holder that was provided when the system was installed. When replacing a remote control, we recommend you invest in a brand model rather than a generic alternative. Universal remotes may give you the essential functions but are unlikely to offer the full range of features. Faulty (but not damaged) remotes are covered as part of your air conditioner warranty.

Aircon remote not working?

Follow the steps detailed above to confirm your remote, not the aircon system, is at fault. We offer a range of replacement remote controls for air conditioners in our store. You can check the model number (ARC) on the back of the remote. As always it’s best to give us a call and we’ll come out and assist if you can’t get the unit working.

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How do I fix my AC remote?

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Step 1: Test Your Remote With Digital Camera

Check your batteries first or buy new batteries. Once you have good batteries, you can test with a digital camera by pushing the buttons and having camera on and pointing to the infrared led. You should see red light if the remote is working. If no light comes up you obviously have a dead remote but do not despair and proceed to the next step.

Step 2: Open the Remote Control But There Is a Catch or a Few Catches.

Remove the screws if any. Sometimes screws may be hidden under a sticker or rubber feet. Often there are no screws at all but just plastic catches hidden so you have to be clever to open it without breaking the case. Use something blunt and flat toclick the covers open. This is often a challenge but should not be too difficult.

Step 3: Take a Picture of Every Phase So You Remember How to Re-assemble

Since you are using a digital camera you might as well take pictures of the disassembly so re-assemly will be easier.

Step 4: Pull Everything Apart

Did you take a picture of the keyppad layout? Sometimes keypad is just one rubber membrane but sometimes the keys fall away like pieces of a Lego puzzle. And if the buttons are marked with numbers and functions you may struggle to re-assemble them in right order?
Use a small plastic takeaway box or similar to store the bits so you don’t lose parts.

Step 5: Inspect the Circuit Board and Repair Dry Joints

Remotes are often dropped on the floor and may develop dry joints on the battery contacts or circuit board. Inspect the contacts and circuit board under good light with a magnifying lenses or if lucky you might have a microscope or just a very good eyesight? Solder all suspicious joints. If there is a sign of water damage you can use methyl spirits and toothbrush to clean out the circuit board.
Sometimes I have washed the circuit board with soapy warm water, good rinse after that and drying with a hair dryer. I would not recommend the same treatment for you cellphone as some components do not like water.

Step 6: Wash the Covers and the Buttons

Use a small bowl or similar to wash and contain all the parts so you don’t lose bits down the drain. Use old toothbrush to clean all button holes and buttons. Warm water with dish wash liquid does the job. Take particular care with those small buttons and clean them properly. If you can leave the bits to soak overnight they come clean easy. Ultrasonic cleaner would be good for this job but most people do not have one in their cupboard.

Step 7: Rinse, Drain and Dry the Parts

Rinse with warm water. Use a drainer to contain all the parts without losing small bits down the drain. As extra security use sink plug. Dry with a paper towel. Wipe the buttons dry individually as they may still have some dirt which makes them sticky when in use.

Step 8: Repair Case and Re-assemble

If there is damage to the case or buttons you need to do the required repairs. Use hot glue or super glue depending on fault. Let dry overnight if you had to glue something.
Re-assemble bits in reverse order and make sure you have the buttons in right place and right way around. Small nicks and dents on plastic cover can often be repaired by heating carefully with a hair dryer. Do not use a lighter with a flame as it is too easy to burn the plastic. May be you can get rid of some dog bite marks on the remote if they are not too deep?

In case of lost fallen out IR LED you can use second hand LED out of other remote you no longer use or buy one from Electronics hobbyist supplier. Make sure you get the polarity right or you need to get another one.

Step 9: Test With Digital Camera

Test every button as before. Sometimes you have to push two remote buttons simultaneously as with recording buttons on my Panasonic VCR.
Once you have completed test with your camera you can use the remote. That’s it, hope you got it going again?


Frequently Asked Questions Related to AC Remote Repair

Why is my AC remote not working?

First, try replacing the batteries in the remote control. If installing fresh batteries doesn’t solve the problem and you can still operate the air conditioner manually, the remote control might be defective. If you think the remote control is defective, replace it.

How do I fix my AC remote display?

Insert new batteries make sure that the batteries polarities are checked properly refix the battery cover into original position check the remote whether the display is on after pressing.

How do I turn on my AC if the remote is not working?

However if AC remote control doesn’t work what you need to do in that case is keep your finger on the on and off button. And just hold it there for about five to ten seconds.

Can we use Android phone as AC remote?

You can control anything with just a single tap on your mobile screen! … Or, you can make it smart with a smart AC controller or thermostat for ductless Air conditioners!

How can I control my AC temperature without a remote?

If you have an IR on your phone, you can always find on google play store app to control the AC without remote. The cellphone I have is with this option and covers range of electronic appliances which need remote. So MI Remote is the tool to go remote-less literally any where.

How much does an AC remote cost?

AC remote price is depending on the model and brand of the Air Conditioning. The price usually starts from Rs.599/- to Rs.1899/-

What do the symbols on an air conditioner remote mean?

Common Air Conditioning Setting Symbols

The first is the universal symbol that means “Turn on or turn off the machine”, while the Plus and Minus buttons raise or lower ambient temperature. Any snow flake symbol means that the A/C unit will run in Cold mode (i.e. throw out cool air).


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