What is an AC Tune-Up and Why Do I Need It?

It is well known and accepted that part of owning a car is routine check-ups. Investing the time and monetary requirements to maintain a vehicle prevents costly events from occurring and ensures its full life span potential. While many people do not insist on this kind of consistent preservation for their air conditioning system, the same principle applies. 

In order to acquire the entire 10-15 years your unit is capable of it is necessary to invest in annual tune-ups. Furthermore, an investment in your unit’s upkeep will invariably result in better performance, improved air quality, decreased in-home humidity, and lower energy costs throughout the season. 

Air conditioner repairman in uniform with a clipboard and tool bucket inspecting the AC unit.

AC Tune-Up Steps

You may be wondering “What does a tune-up involve?” If you enjoy specifics, or just good results, look for a contractor who provides the following services:

  • Cleaning of the blower assembly, indoor evaporator coil, and condenser coils: The coils of any air conditioning unit are central in transferring energy and preventing hang-ups throughout your unit. This process is greatly impacted by dirt buildup, which insulates against energy transfer and moisture management. Regular cleaning of these components ensures the efficiency of your unit’s performance.
  • Double-check the electrical wiring: While your unit may be in great shape, it won’t benefit you if the wiring has been damaged. Everything from the thermostat downwards requires electrical maintenance. Rodents, weather, and general wear and tear can damage the wiring of any unit. A great contractor will know precisely what and where to check, guaranteeing this major component of your air conditioner is taken care of.
  • Changing your filter: A product is only as good as the sum of its parts. Unchanged filters account for a large percentage of increased energy costs and poor HVAC performances. This is because when the filter is clogged, air can no longer run smoothly through the unit. This forces the AC unit to work much harder to filter and cool air, resulting in a shortened lifespan and increased energy costs. 
  • Testing refrigerant levels: Depleted refrigerant indicates a leak somewhere in the unit. This requires both a replacement of the refrigerant and leak repair. Without locating and fixing the leak, your unit will function with much greater effort towards a diminished outcome. 
  • Inspect the fan motor: If the fan is not working correctly or has damaged blades, the air cooling and conditioning will take a correlated dive.
  • Inspect the capacitor: The capacitor directly impacts the function of your unit’s motor. This is why it’s critical to check this component regularly, particularly if your air conditioner is used continually throughout the season.
  • Clear the condensation drain: The condensation drain prevents moisture buildup within your air conditioner. It is crucial to prevent any moisture acquisition in the unit for the air to be effectually dehumidified. If the condensation drain becomes clogged, moisture will become trapped within your unit, and you will experience an increase of humidity in your home. This can damage walls and carpets surrounding your unit as well, particularly in the case with in-door air conditioners.
  • Double checks window seals: If the seals around your unit and the window begin to break down, cool air may escape, causing a drive up in energy bills. 

Please keep in mind that in addition to maintenance checks, a reliable contractor will be trained to service any air conditioning brand you own in spite of what their company may sell. In addition, they will have responsible refrigerant expulsion and disposal procedures in place. Finally, an excellent contractor will go above and beyond to ensure that both the details and big picture of your unit are addressed and that each client’s needs are addressed individually. We are happy to provide all these services and more. If you’re looking for an HVAC specialist, call Climate Control today.

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