WHAT’S INCLUDED IN AN AC TUNE-UP?
Alright, buckle up folks because we’re about to talk about everyone’s favorite topic: air conditioning! Ok, well, it’s definitely our favorite! When the summer heat starts beating down on us, there’s nothing more refreshing than the sweet, cool breeze of our trusty A/C unit. But what actually makes up our cooling system? Well, besides a big metal box outside and some tubes, it turns out there are a lot of internal components that work together to keep us cool. And just like our car, our air conditioner can work more efficiently and reliably with regular maintenance. This is where the good old AC tune up comes in.
WHY ARE AC TUNE-UPS IMPORTANT?
Ignoring your air conditioner’s maintenance can lead to higher utility bills, reduced comfort, and even component breakdown. Not to mention, nobody wants to suffer through a hot summer without A/C - that’s a one-way ticket to Sticky Town, population: you. Regular AC tune ups are the key to keeping your HVAC system running smoothly and, more importantly, improving its life expectancy. It’s not just our A/C that needs love, though - it’s recommended to schedule an annual tune up for your heating system too. Proper maintenance of both units can help prolong the life of your entire system.
Now, we know what you’re thinking: can’t we just clean the air filter ourselves and call it a day? While that’s a good start, calling in a qualified HVAC technician for regular air conditioning system tune-ups can help ensure reliability, longevity, and prevent larger issues from developing. Your local dealer will give your A/C the ol’ razzle-dazzle by opening up the outdoor and indoor units, doing a more extensive cleaning of vital components, checking cooling temperatures, and looking for other signs of potential issues that could lead to trouble down the road.
Sure, scheduling an annual AC preventive maintenance service may seem relatively inexpensive compared to more serious issues that require a more extensive air conditioner service. But let’s be real, in the long run, you could end up saving money by preventing serious repairs. AC tune up costs are relatively low considering the benefits - not only can this annual maintenance help optimize the energy efficiency of your system, but it can help prevent bigger, more expensive issues down the road
HOW TO TELL IF YOUR HVAC UNIT NEEDS A TUNE-UP?
So, when should you call your local Climate Care dealer for an air conditioner tune up? Well, if your energy bill is higher than expected, air flow from cooling registers (vents) is less than normal, indoor temperatures are higher than normal, your AC is constantly running or turning on and off frequently, or there’s higher than normal humidity inside, it’s time to give them a ring.
WHAT DOES AN AIR CONDITIONER MAINTENANCE SERVICE INCLUDE?
During a routine maintenance service call, your tech will likely evaluate your air conditioner’s system performance in various modes of operation to determine its condition and evaluate whether repairs or adjustments are needed. Then they’ll shut off electrical power to execute a number of cleaning and inspection tasks. Maintenance services will vary from contractor to contractor, but most HVAC dealers will perform similar tasks as part of a standard “clean and check” appointment, including:
Checking refrigerant charge levels and air flow, checking for refrigerant leaks
Making sure all electrical connections are sound and components are working properly
Checking for secure physical connections of individual parts
Checking the run capacitor for bulging and/or unusual markings or color
Checking and cleaning outdoor condenser coil
Checking indoor evaporator coil for blockage and applying self-rinsing cleaner when possible
Checking and cleaning the condensate drainage system
Cleaning and adjusting blower components
Checking the air filter and replacing or cleaning it, if needed
When the service is complete, many contractors will provide a written summary of the inspections and tests completed, along with results and recommendations. In some cases, needed repairs may be able to be provided on the spot.
HOW MUCH DOES AN AIR CONDITIONER TUNE UP COST WITH CLIMATE CARE?
At Climate Care, we believe in offering affordable and comprehensive air conditioner tune up services to ensure that your HVAC system is operating efficiently and effectively. Our expert technicians will perform a thorough inspection, cleaning, and testing of your AC unit to keep it running smoothly and prevent any potential breakdowns during the hot summer months.
Our AC tune up costs are just $69, making it an affordable investment in the longevity of your air conditioning system. Don't wait until it's too late - schedule your annual maintenance with a Climate Care HVAC dealer today and stay cool all summer long!