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Air-con chemical clean charge?

Post by Smilla1978 » Thu, 10 Nov 2011 1:23 pm

Hi there,

We recently arranged for our first air-con service in the apartment we are leasing.

We used someone recommended by multiple people on either this or the other main sg expat forum and I was pretty happy with him.

He recommended a chemical clean for one of our units and said it would cost $180. We didn't have enough cash on us on the day so we said we'd get it done next time. But I'm just curious to find out from others how much they have been charged for a chemical clean? It's one of those daiko wall units.

In case anyones interested as a comparison, we were charged $170 for cleaning five units. Kind of an annoying policy as two of them only get turned on for maybe an hour a month, but there you go.

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Post by BigSis » Thu, 10 Nov 2011 7:48 pm

I think ours was about $65-70 last time for chemical but that was for a window unit, so I can well believe that it might cost $180 for a wall unit.

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Post by ecureilx » Thu, 10 Nov 2011 10:35 pm

if your contract says "regular maintenance required" stick with it, and one chemical wash + 3 normal cleaning is sufficient, if you are rarely using the aircon

better still, get the 3M Aircon filter, and stick it, so there is less chance of the aircon being clogged.

The chem wash is a bit of a hype and nothing comes out other than a lot of smoke and mirrors, unless your previous user has never serviced it .. or burns those air freshening oils which end up in the aircon

Aircon contractors, as I am having a running battle now with one, quote their prices ridiculously low, to get the business and once they turn up will find something or something else wrong .. to make money

The common excuse is to remind them that this is a one-off service as the regular agent is not available, lest they set off 'time bombs' which, like slipping the gas off one thread, will cause the aircon to stop after a few days, and then you will call them and pay for 'repair' ..

Nowadays all aircon service covers gas top up - ensure they do it ..

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Post by QRM » Fri, 11 Nov 2011 8:25 am

You can easily do it yourself. Get a can of aircon cleaner and spray it in and follow the instructions. I have a ducted system here, yesterday the aircon service blokes where here. When they were washing the filters I just asked if i could climb up the ladder and spray the cleaner on the coils job done!

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Post by ecureilx » Fri, 11 Nov 2011 9:44 am

QRM wrote:You can easily do it yourself. Get a can of aircon cleaner and spray it in and follow the instructions. I have a ducted system here, yesterday the aircon service blokes where here. When they were washing the filters I just asked if i could climb up the ladder and spray the cleaner on the coils job done!
Ducted ? You mean packaged aircon ?? :)

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Post by snowqueen » Fri, 11 Nov 2011 1:49 pm

I have been using the same guy for the last 3 years but not set up a contract - I just get him to service usually out of the 6 units we have every 3 months as the one in the spare room and the unit outside the bedrooms never get used. I probably only get those done once or twice a year.

As for the chemical clean, he told me recently that one of my units will need a chemical clean, and I was thinking 'oh here we go, nice big rip off' but he told me it was $60 (or maybe $80, can't quite remember) it certainly wasn't the 100's I was expecting him to say.

I did complain to him though that my units are always leaking and he told me that the fan speed was too low, and right enough, ever since we've turned it up a notch it hasn't leaked.

His name is Mr chia - 64551328 if you were interested in giving him a call. When I first started using him he charged me $30 a unit but now it's only $20.

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