The Ultimate Guide to AC Tune-Ups for Homeowners

There are many parts that make up your air conditioning system, and they all work together to keep your home cool. Even one small hiccup can wreak havoc, causing your AC to stop working.

In this Guide, we review what an AC tune-up is, how often your system needs one, average costs, and what’s included in an AC tune-up.

What Is an AC Tune-Up and Why Do I Need One?

Annual maintenance performed on your air conditioning unit, often referred to as an AC tune-up, is a vital part of keeping your air conditioning system running at peak performance. It is also the primary way your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) technician is able to catch small problems before they become big problems.

In addition, regular maintenance helps ensure your unit runs efficiently throughout its entire lifespan, which will save you both time and money in the long run.

What Does an AC Tune-Up Include and How Often Should I Get One?

To achieve the best performance from your AC system, it is recommended that you schedule annual maintenance calls, at the minimum. When one of our HVAC Comfort Specialists visits your home to perform an AC tune-up, they will perform the following maintenance tasks:

  • Conduct a multi-port test
  • Look for common maintenance issues, including:
    • Dirty coils
    • Old air filters
    • Clogged condensate drains
    • Other common types of wear and tear
  • Lubricate the system’s mechanical parts
  • Recharge your refrigerant
  • Remove any debris or blockages near your AC unit
  • Notify you of any repair needs

The best time to schedule your annual AC tune-up is in the spring, so you can beat the rush.

What Are the Benefits of Scheduling an AC Tune-Up?

An air conditioner tune-up is a maintenance that pays you back. Here are the most important ways you can save by being proactive:

  • Improve your system’s efficiency. A thorough tune-up involves cleaning, testing, and adjusting the entire system for peak efficiency. All air conditioners lose efficiency as they age, and units that aren’t maintained become inefficient much faster. Maximizing your system’s efficiency is the key to controlling your utility bills -- and it helps your home cool down faster!
  • Avoid emergency service calls. Many unexpected system breakdowns can be avoided altogether with preventative maintenance. By scheduling an air conditioner tune-up every year, you’ll stay one step ahead of emergency repairs.
  • Fix small problems, skip big ones. Air conditioners are complex systems, and small, cheap-to-fix problems can grow into big, expensive ones if left unaddressed. This can even happen when your air conditioner seems to be working fine. But if you tune up your system every year, you’ll catch these problems early and save.
  • Give your air conditioner a long life. Lack of maintenance can take its toll, shaving years off the life of an air conditioner. But if you maintain your system annually, the opposite can happen -- you can make your unit last longer than average, potentially saving you thousands over the many years you’ll own your home.
  • Accurately plan for replacement. No air conditioner lasts forever, and if you get yours tuned up every year, you can talk to your HVAC tech about when to ideally replace your unit. By planning for this year ahead, you’ll be able to save up and position yourself to take advantage of big sales.

Can I Tune-Up my AC Unit Myself?

To properly perform an AC tune-up, a qualified HVAC technician is required. While you can aid in keeping your unit working properly by regularly replacing your air filters and removing the debris around your outdoor AC unit, the majority of the AC tune-up requires a skilled, qualified professional.

A lot can go wrong in a DIY attempt at a tune-up. Even something as simple as cleaning the condenser is best left to the professionals because delicate coils and fins inside the system can be inadvertently damaged in a way that will affect system performance. And that’s not to mention the risk of accidental electrical shock.

What’s more, the trained eye of your HVAC technician is what will allow you to get ahead of bigger problems that are coming down the pike. We strongly advise you call an HVAC professional for all of your AC maintenance needs and ask them questions about the condition of your unit and what you should expect in the years to come.

If you are looking to save money, read our article on The Top 5 Ways to Save With Your AC.

Why Choose One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning for Your AC Maintenance?

Choosing One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning for AC maintenance means choosing a company that is completely committed to keeping your home comfortable. All of our HVAC technicians are licensed, highly trained, and familiar with the latest HVAC technology. Plus, we’re always on time, or you don’t pay a dime!

To find out more about air conditioner maintenance, contact us today! We’ll do what we can to make sure your air conditioner lasts for many years to come.