An air conditioner tune-up is similar to what you have to do for your car. A technician will inspect, clean, and adjust various components of your system.
Here is an overview of what is included in an AC tune-up:
- Inspection of electrical components and moving parts — checking voltages, tightening connections, and lubricating parts when needed
- Cleaning of your indoor and outdoor evaporator and condenser coils
- A check of your thermostat and other controls for your AC unit
- An adjustment of your refrigerant levels
- An inspection of your condensate drain
- An air filter change
These services should be done on a regular basis by an air conditioning company you can trust.
Why Are AC Tune-Ups Important?
An AC tune-up keeps your system running efficiently and effectively throughout the year. This will keep you and your family cool and comfortable throughout the seasons and maintain it in the proper shape so it doesn’t have to work harder than it should — making your air conditioning system more susceptible to break down. (Who wants to have to make that emergency late night or weekend call?)
Longevity and Preventive Maintenance
It is also important because it helps to prolong the life of your air HVAC system — one of the most expensive systems in your home. Typically, if a system is well maintained, it can last up to fifteen years which is in great contrast to one that is neglected, which is only about 7 years. A great benefit of a regular AC tune-up is that the technician can discover small issues (like loose connections or dirty condenser coils) before they turn into big problems.
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It’s also about safety. The complicated components making up the system should be checked to make sure there are no safety hazards brewing. Electricity and moving metal parts are nothing to be messed with — but can be maintained safely with the proper knowledge and equipment.
Another important safety feature of AC tune-ups is the condensate drain inspection. If that gets backed up, it can promote an environment conducive to different types of mold that negatively affects indoor air quality. This can be especially dangerous for older people, children, and those who have asthma or other respiratory health issues. Florida’s notorious humidity already makes home air quality a challenge. Negligence of routine maintenance just isn’t worth the risk.
Indoor air quality can also be negatively affected by dirty filters (and ducts!). Pet hair, dust, debris, and allergens have the power to make people pretty darn miserable. Why be miserable in your own home?
Getting a regular AC tune-up can save you a lot of money. If your air conditioner has to work harder than it is supposed to — it can create unnecessary spikes in your utility bills. A well-maintained air conditioning system can save you up to 15% each month on energy costs. That can add up to a whole lot of money over the lifetime of the system.
Also, preventative maintenance and catching small, needed repairs before they turn into major problems is another way to reduce costs. The AC tune-up cost is minimal compared to what you could be paying in high monthly bills and large repair (or replacement) jobs.
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