Singapore only has two seasons—hot and hotter. As much as you’ve heard, it’s true! That’s why our air conditioners play such an integral role in our lives. And why it’s actually one of the few household appliances we would actually care to service frequently.
Instead of only going to Gain City, Courts and the like, there are so many aircon servicing and repair companies in Singapore for you to choose from. How do you decide which is the best aircon servicing provider to use so you don’t get ripped off? Additionally, how often do you actually need to engage one? We tell all in this guide.
- How often should you service your aircon?
- Signs you need to service your aircon
- What you can do to make your aircon last longer
- Difference between basic and premium aircon servicing
- What to look out for when engaging aircon servicing providers in Singapore
- List of recommended aircon servicing providers
How often should you service your aircon?
Every 6 months is reasonable, but once a quarter is ideal. This is because regular aircon servicing can help you save on electricity bills. For example, cleaning a dirty air filter can lower your air conditioner’s energy consumption by 5% to 15% (i.e., if your electricity bill is usually $300, you can potentially lower it to $255 and save $45—that’s the cost of a good meal!)
Another reason to service regularly is to also minimise the risk of any respiratory problems! Aircon units clogged with bacteria, dirt and dust can aggravate conditions such as asthma or allergies. If there’s a refrigerant leakage, it can release harmful gases.
Plus, having one spoilt part within the aircon can adversely affect the other parts, causing the aircon to work less efficiently. So it’s best to service your aircon frequently!
Looking for an affordable aircon specialist? @wizardair does general servicing from $25/unit!
Signs you need to service your aircon
- Your aircon is expelling dirt or dust frequently.
- There’s an increase in electricity bills even though your consumption is kept constant – the air con is suspect!
- It takes a long time to cool down the room – anything more than 20 minutes is slow.
- There’s liquid leaking from the aircon, indicating a blocked or damaged pipe.
What can you do to make your aircon last longer
Thinking of DIY-ing? Here are some easy ways to briefly service your own aircon. Look at your aircon’s instruction manual to understand the parts we’re referring to below, and always turn off the electricity before you start work.
- Clean your air filter: This keeps the air clean and free of bacteria. All you have to do is remove the air filters and wash the dirt with hot soapy water and let it dry before putting it back in.
- Vacuum your cooling coil and blower: Removing dust and debris from the coil improves airflow.
- Wipe the air vent: Use an antibacterial wet wipe to clean the air vent and clear any debris you spot.
Or, if you don’t have the time to DIY, check out Airple’s affordable aircon services!
Doing these simple steps every 2 weeks will keep your aircon performing in tip-top condition. For everything else, we recommend engaging a professional aircon servicing provider.
What’s included in basic aircon servicing
Basic aircon servicing, which starts from $30 per aircon unit, includes:
- cleaning of the air filters;
- brushing of fan blower;
- disinfecting the water tray;
- inspecting of aircon fan and cover; and
- a routine check of all your aircon parts (indoor and outdoor units).
During the inspection, you should check with the provider if you need a gas top-up. This refrigerant top-up is important – it keeps your aircon running efficiently!
Looking for someone to help with refrigerant top-up? The guys from @coolairmaxx can help!
What’s included in premium aircon servicing
Premium aircon servicing is more expensive and would include a chemical wash of the entire aircon unit. Each part is dismantled and cleaned with chemicals, getting rid of any algae and rust. The service provider will also clean the unit’s drainage system so that it is free of blockages, and inspect its discharge temperature and pressure.
If you live on landed property, opting for a premium aircon service would also mean a thorough cleaning of all the dirt, dust and leaves built up on your outdoor unit.
Premium aircon servicing prices start from S$70 for an aircon unit with 1 fan coil.
Should you do basic or premium aircon servicing?
It depends on the condition of your air conditioning unit and how long has it been since you serviced your air conditioning unit.
If you haven’t maintained your aircon for years, it is advisable to request a premium service and have the team thoroughly clean your air conditioning unit first, and then clean it yourself in future.
If you have been diligent with maintenance after your air con installation, then regular, basic servicing will do. A good way to save is to sign up for aircon packages with the provider for quarterly cleaning so you get the best bang for your buck!
If you’re experiencing problems with your aircon, such as water leakage, loud whirring noises, etc, it’s time to request an aircon repair and not just a basic or premium service.
How long does aircon servicing take?
Regular maintenance work should take around 30 to 2 hours, depending on the amount of service needed.
You also need to cater for more time, in the rare event that the provider does not have the parts needed to bring your aircon back to life.
What to look out for when engaging aircon servicing providers in Singapore
Price: The prices we listed above can be used as a guide, and you shouldn’t pay any more than S$30-50 per air conditioning unit unless you’re requesting for more work, or the air conditioning unit is in a dire condition.
After-service support: If there’s trouble with your aircon within a week of you using it, will the provider come back to have a look again for free? Always good to check if there’s a fee if there are any mishaps, and insist on a 7-day guarantee!
Highly-rated aircon servicing providers
Looking for an aircon professional? Here are some of the trusted providers you can engage with through Carousell! Read past reviews by clicking on the names of each service provider and request quotations with Carousell’s Chat function!
Don’t be afraid to send them a message to ask for any aircon promotion or if you need help with aircon installation.
Best Aircon Specialists on Carousell
|Airple: Aircon People|
|Price||Prices start from $40 per unit for general servicing|
|Price||Prices start from $25 per unit for general servicing|
|Notable services provided||Aircon experts with more than 15 years of experience|
|Cool Aircon Maxx|
|Price||Prices start from $25 per unit for general servicing|
|Frosty Aircon Services|
|Price||Prices start from $35 per unit for general servicing|
Top-rated service providers on Carousell
|Providers||Prices||Services||No. of reviews||Average ratings|
|LY Aircon||Starts from S$25||All (Basic and premium aircon servicing and repairs)||267||5|
|O2 Aircon||Starts from S$18||All (Basic and premium aircon servicing and repairs)||66||5|
|Vick||Starts from S$17||Basic and premium aircon servicing||39||4.99|
|Pure Cool Conditioning||Starts from S$40||All (Basic and premium aircon servicing and repairs)||180||4.97|
|Ministry of Aircon||Starts from S$30||Basic servicing, aircon repairs||5||5|
While you’re shortlisting your desired providers, try out our new Multiple Chat feature! This feature helps you ask the same questions to various providers, saving you time when asking for multiple quotes.
Lastly… Prepare for the clean up after aircon servicing
It’s no surprise that it is going to be a messy affair when you service your aircon. The floor always ends up dirty and wet because of the accumulated dust. A clean rug would be useful to have within the wash area itself so the service person can wipe their feet before stepping out to your living area.
Otherwise, if the end product is too tiring for you to handle, engage home cleaning professionals to do the job for you! Read more on our complete guide to home cleaning.
Aircon servicing is often overlooked till it’s too late. We hope this guide will spur you to take aircon maintenance more seriously 🙂 Happy cleaning!