When it comes to home repairs and maintenance, there can be a strong temptation to try and do it yourself (DIY). But when it comes to your air conditioner, you should leave the servicing tasks to a professional. There are many components in an AC system that require specialized tools, knowledge, and experience. Even if you think you can handle the job at hand, it is a good idea to have your air conditioner serviced by a professional—here’s the why, when, and what to expect from an AC tune-up.
The Benefits of an AC Tune-Up
Besides the ability to bask in cool air all summer long, getting a tune-up can have you reaping a flurry of benefits:
- Maintenance is Cheaper than Repairs: When it comes to AC tune-up maintenance, prevention is key. It is far cheaper to pay for regular inspections and tune-ups than to wait until something is broken and then pay for expensive repairs. The professionals can spot potential problems early on, allowing them to be repaired quickly before they become more costly down the line.
- Improved Efficiency and Performance: Every component a tune-up covers works to ensure that the system is running efficiently which means lower energy bills in the long run.
- Decreased Cost of Operation: When your air conditioner is running at peak efficiency, it will cost less to operate. Between checking filters and other necessary items, you’ll have a smooth operating system in no time.
- Less Wear and Tear on the System: Like any machine, your air conditioner needs proper maintenance to keep it running smoothly for years to come. Regular tune-ups will help prevent potential problems from occurring down the road, which can save you a lot of money in repairs.
- EPA and EnergyStar Recommendation: The EPA and EnergyStar both recommend regular AC maintenance. If they recommend it, it’s practically a must!
- Warranty Requirements: Most AC manufacturers require that the unit be serviced regularly to keep the warranty valid. If you do not have your system inspected and tuned up annually, then you could void the warranty, which would mean you’d have to pay for any repairs out of pocket.
What Your AC Tune-Up Encompasses
When your technician comes to tune up your air conditioner, they will do a thorough inspection of all components. This includes checking the following:
- Refrigerant leaks – The technician will check for any refrigerant leaks that are compromising the system’s efficiency and performance.
- Electricity connections – The technician will check the electrical connections to make sure that they are secure and that all wires are in good condition.
- Cleaning the condenser coils – Condenser coils help cool air in the summer. Dirty or damaged coils can decrease efficiency, so your technician will clean them and inspect them for damage.
- Air filters – Air filters should be cleaned or replaced regularly, depending on how often you use your air conditioner and what type of filter is being used.
- Blower motor – The technician will check the blower motor to make sure it is operating properly and that all settings are correct.
When deciding the best time for getting your tune-up, prioritize your budget and consider the time of year. Most technicians recommend having one tune-up a year before the start of the cooling season, which is typically in late spring or early summer. This way, you can ensure that your AC is prepared for the hot weather.
Spend Your Summer in Optimal AC Condition with Omega Heating and Cooling
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