For the comfort of your voyages, your marine air conditioner needs to be kept in its best shape especially this summer where the temperatures reaches up to 50°!
The marine HVAC system is an important part of any watercraft, as it heats, ventilates, and cools the inside of the boat.
In this post, we’ll review some tips you should follow in order to make sure that your vessel or yacht’s heating and cooling systems are working properly at all times.
#1. Clean the air filter of your marine air conditioner
Cleaning your boat’s air filters is the easiest maintenance task you can do. Remove the panel cover of the filter and inspect it for dust and fluff. If you notice considerable accumulation, then remove the filter and wash it with running water. Reinstall it once it’s completely dry.
How often you need to clean this filter depends on how frequently you use your vessel and the HVAC system it has. In normal conditions, cleaning air filters once a month is appropriate, with more cleaning taking place in the summer.
#2. Clean your sea strainer for better cooling
Like air filters, sea strainers play an important role in the cooling process because they filter out all foreign pollutants and debris from the pumped water used to cool off the heat produced by the engine and marine HVAC system.
Cleaning sea strainers can be done without much hassle. Shut the seacock off, open its casing, and pull the basket cylinder out. Flush this mesh cylinder with a hose to clear any debris. You can also use a scrubbing brush to clean every last single remnant of debris. This is recommended.
Once you are done cleaning the sea strainer, place the cylinder in its housing. Close the strainer, open the seacock, and run the system to check its efficiency and to make sure everything looks good.
#3. Check the evaporator coils
The evaporator coils are an important part of any air conditioner, and your marine air conditioner is no exception. There are several indicators of an improperly functioning evaporator coil that you need to keep your eye on:
Inefficient cooling ability
Increased energy consumption
Frost buildup on the coil
If you see a buildup of dust on the coil fins, remove it through an air blower. If the problem continue after that, you’ll probably need to call our team for marine HVAC service.
#4. Schedule marine air conditioner maintenance
Lastly, check the condenser unit of your marine HVAC system. This is the system that takes the biggest beating from all the debris and rubble in seawater. Seawater is corrosive in nature, so you need to protect the condenser from its effects.
Condenser units must be flushed chemically once a year for better performance. If you’ve been putting off this service, give us a call.
If you need advice about how to best clean your boat’s air filters—or need advice about when to replace the filter— or for any general maintenance service for your boat, contact us and we will provide you with the best yacht maintenance service in town!