The pipes and ductworks are one of the most critical components of an air conditioner. Aircon pipes can be expensive. It is extremely difficult or near impossible to remove the piping if it goes through a false ceiling or built in cabinet. In addition, it will also be very expensive to reinstall the cabinet or false ceiling after replacing the piping. For condominium apartments, air conditioner pipes are likely to be hidden above a false ceiling. For landed properties, the gas pipe is likely to be concealed behind walls. In these cases, it will cost a very large amount to conceal the piping in the walls or to replace the false ceiling when reinstalling the piping. If you were to run trunking, like in a HDB apartment. It might cost less but it will not look aesthetically pleasant. Hence, a common and important question people face is how to know if their air conditioner pipe can be reused.
You cannot reuse Aircon gas pipes under these circumstances :
Aircon leaking gas
If the piping is leaking gas, the air conditioner piping cannot be reused. Faults in piping may cause the gas to leak. Gas leaks cause the air conditioner to function ineffectively and the air conditioner will eventually be unable to release enough cool air to circulate around a room. Air leaks commonly cause the air conditioner to leak and drip water. If your air conditioner’s cooling function is still performing well currently, the piping is definitely not leaking gas. If your air conditioner is not functioning currently, recall if the air conditioner was cooling a month ago. And if the air conditioner was still cooling a month ago and is not functioning currently. The problem is probably due to a malfunctioning of parts but the piping is likely to be alright. If you have had to constantly top up additional air conditioner gas in recent years. There is a chance that there is a miniscule leak. Your aircon gas pipe could be leaking, if the gas pressure is found to be empty. If you notice this, you should consult a professional technician. The technician might be able to identify the cause of a leak by assessing the functionality of the evaporator coil. A pressure test will accurately determine if the gas leak is due to the piping or the condensing unit. However, the pressure test is expensive so it is recommended for mainly condominium units or landed properties. If the gas leak is indeed due to a fault in air conditioner piping, the pipe cannot be reused.
Aircon condensation issues
If the air conditioner piping has condensation issues, the air conditioner piping cannot be reused. Condensation inside air conditioner trunking is quite common. Because moisture could overwhelm the insulation protecting the copper coil. However, nobody should be able to notice the condensation inside an aircon trunking. Because the water droplets tis absorbed by the armaflex insulation surrounding the aircon copper pipe. If you begin to notice that there is dripping from the backup condensation drip line or leaking from the air conditioner, there is probably a problem with your air conditioner. There could be carious reasons that cause gas pipe condensation. For example, if the trunk joints are not properly fit when the piping was first installed, the condensation that occurs results in water droplets leaking through the joints. You can identify if your piping has a condensation issue if you observe water marks from trunking or dark. In addition, black moist marks will aslo appear on the ceilings of condominium or landed properties. In the worst case scenario, water may even leak from aircon trunking or ceiling. If this occurs, you should definitely contact a professional technician to reinstall the trunk.
Recommended Aircon installation materials
If you suspect a problem in your air conditioner trunking of a HDB apartment. You should first check if the trunking goes through a false ceiling or cabinet. In addition, recall how long the air conditioner has been in use for. You should also know if the piping works done in the past includes the use of upgraded materials. The upgraded materials are as follows. A 16mm water pipe instead of a 13mm pipe. G22 copper pipe instead of a G13 copper pipe. ½ inch Armaflex instead of a ⅜ inch Armaflex. These upgraded materials are less likely to face condensation issues. For HDB apartments which have air conditioner trunking that does not go through a false ceiling or built in cabinet. The air conditioner pipes are still quite accessible. If the air conditioner has been in use for a very long period of time. For example more than 15 years, it is sensible to replace the piping. This course of action would not break the bank. In fact, replacing the piping can be more cost effective than reusing the gas pipes.
Most people assume that it would be best to reuse the gas pipe. Since it would cost lesser than replacing the piping. Nevertheless, there are several factors to consider should you reuse the gas pipe. If the main issue is due to faulty parts. We would still be able to resuse the gas pipe. However, you will have to replace it if there are condensation or gas leak. In order to determine if you should replace your pipes, you should definitely contact a trained technicians.
We have experienced technicians that are trained to assess the piping of your aircon units. We can give you a quote prior to each installation. If necessary. In addition, we can also do a free site survey. Call our friendly staff to clarify any information or to arrange for your consultation today!