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Air Conditioner Maintenance

What is a tune-up and how often should I have my heating and air conditioning (AC) system inspected?

Servicing your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system is something you should do (and manufacturers also recommend) yearly—that goes for your heating system and your air conditioning system. A tune-up is a complete and thorough inspection of your system to make sure it is operating properly. It’s like an annual check-up you would get from your doctor or even your dentist. Our friends at EnergyStar.org also say a tune-up for your car can improve your gas mileage, a yearly tune-up of your heating and cooling system can improve efficiency and your comfort.

What is the costs of an AC tune-up?

The price of a tune-up is typically relatively low for many reasons. Those who maintain their systems with regular tune-ups and change their filters regularly are going to have fewer problems. For that simple reason—not everyone is going to need to have their coil cleaned, blower wheel cleaned, etc. This is also one of the reasons why HVAC maintenance agreements exist —to keep the owner on a regular maintenance service schedule and to get a discount on additional services needed, like cleaning the coils. Dirt and neglect are the top causes of system failure and inefficient operation.

What are the benefits of a tune-up on your air conditioning system?

  • Keep your system operating at peak efficiency—keeping your energy bills lower
  • Prolongs the life of your system— a well maintained system will last longer
  • Keeps your manufacturer’s warranty valid— like your car, your warranty requires regular maintenance
  • Help identify and fix minor problems before they become bigger problems

We hope this helps explain the importance of having your AC system checked for the air conditioning system. It will also ensure that your AC system is working efficiently before the hot weather arrives. There’s nothing worse than coming home to a house with no AC in the middle of summer.