With over 30 years continuous experience in the Brisbane area, Brisbane Air’s technicians and staff have built their reputation on their helpfulness as well as their expertise. At this time of year, one of the recurring themes is our customers’ desire to know how to get the best from their ducted air conditioner during the long hot months. So we’ve put together this simple guide answering the questions we get asked the most about ducted air conditioners.
First, ducted air conditioners do not give instant heat or cold. It takes time to cool a home, especially if it has been closed up for any period of time. Walls, floors, and ceilings will retain heat that needs to be expelled before your home can become cool. The hotter the house, the longer this process will take and the harder the ducted air conditioner will have to work.
A ducted air conditioner produces condensation in the summer months, which drains away through a condensate line.
Fit your system with a Safety Condensate Tray, which will prevent ceiling damage.
At Brisbane Air, this is a standard part of the installation process for all new ducted installation jobs.
If you notice a constant drip from the safety drain outlet, call a technician immediately: your main drain may be blocked and will need to be cleared.
Don’t expect your ducted air conditioner to perform miracles. In extreme conditions it will run harder and faster, trying to balance the indoor temperature with the temperature you’ve set. Ducted air conditioners do require regular servicing.
The ideal cooling temperature is between 22 and 25 degrees Celsius. Setting your thermostat to this level will ensure maximum efficiency and comfort throughout the summer.
A ducted air conditioner system is controlled by motorised controllers. These take a few minutes to ‘warm up’.
Always leave the system for 3 to 5 minutes before restarting after it has been switched off. This will help avoid blowing fuses and damaging the compressor.
Sudden and large changes in thermostat settings may result in blown fuses or system damage, including expensive compressor damage.
Never move the thermostat control by more than 2 degrees Celsius while in Auto operation mode. Doing so may mean a sudden change from heating to cooling and vice versa, with the effect being somewhat similar to crunching a car into reverse from second gear.
If you buy a quality ducted air conditioning system and have it professionally installed by a well respected and experienced company like Brisbane Air, and then look after the system properly, including regular service and maintenance, it will perform better and should last much longer.
Always ensure your filter is clean, especially just before and after the summer period. Also, keep your outside unit free from overgrowing trees and shrubs.
The filter helps to keep the air in your home clean and fresh, and is a major element in ducted air conditioner systems.
Of course, the most important thing is to always maintain your system. The technicians at Brisbane Air are here to help. If you have any problems with your ducted air conditioning system in Brisbane, then we are here to help. Before you call, though, here are a few things you should check:
- Have any fuses blown?
- Is the filter clean?
- Has the main switch been turned off?
- Is the thermostat set correctly?
There you have it: five simple do’s and don’ts that will help you get the best out of your ducted air conditioner system throughout a long hot summer.