When Do I Need an AC Tune-Up?
The best time to have an air conditioning tune-up is late spring, right before the weather gets really hot in Austin. During this time, you probably haven’t run your air conditioner for several months, and it will still be some time before you need it on full blast all the time.
Our team at AiRCO Heating and Cooling can help you be sure your air conditioning is ready and waiting to tackle those sweltering summer days.
Signs You Need a Tune-Up
You may especially require a tune-up if you notice any of the following signs:
• Air feels warm instead of cold when your air conditioner is running.
• Airflow feels weak at the registers.
• You have dramatic temperature differences from room to room.
• You hear any unusual noises or detect odors when you turn your system on.
• Humidity begins to build up inside your home and causes mold or air-quality issues.
Even if your air conditioner seems to be working fine, you will benefit from regular air conditioner maintenance. There are several reasons why investing in an annual air conditioning tune-up is a smart idea.
A Spring Tune-Up Is Cheaper and Faster Than a Repair
When the weather warms up in the spring, most people are probably happy to be basking in the sun’s warmth again. Memories of last year’s hot and humid summers are a distant memory, and daily priorities get in the way of scheduling something like an air conditioning tune-up.
If you get ahead of the curve, you’re likely to get faster service from heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) companies that are not yet swamped with urgent service calls to fix broken air conditioners in 100 degree weather.
In addition, preventive maintenance cleaning, inspections, and adjustments are nearly always less expensive than fixing a broken unit. In fact, industry studies show that roughly half of all air conditioner breakdowns could have been avoided with regular maintenance.
Protect Your Warranty and Lengthen Your AC Lifespan
If you’ve recently invested in a new air conditioning system for your Texas home, you’ll want to be sure you do everything necessary to keep your unit under warranty for as long as possible. Most major manufacturers including Lennox and American Standard require that an HVAC professional conduct regular maintenance in order to deliver on warranty promises.
In addition, you want to protect your investment by taking care of your air conditioning system. A regularly maintained air conditioner will have a longer life span than one that has been neglected or abused. If you make the small investment to have your air conditioner cleaned, inspected, and tuned up regularly, your entire system will keep you and your family cooler year after year with fewer problems.
Reduce Your Energy Costs
When you run your air conditioner day in and day out over the summer, you can accumulate dust on the evaporator coils as well as dirt, grass, and leaves on condenser coils. Both these events mean air can’t flow as freely, and heat is not removed as efficiently.
Additionally, clogs can form in your condensate drain, which reduces your air conditioning system’s ability to dehumidify properly. Other components require regular lubrication to run smoothly and well. All of these issues can be addressed during an air conditioner tune-up call, saving you up to 15 percent of your energy costs each season.
Complete Tune-Up Package
If you make an appointment for an air conditioning tune-up, you can expect that one of our HVAC professionals will perform the following tasks:
• Clean and inspect condenser coils
• Check coolant levels so your system is performing at its peak
• Lubricate all moving parts to help the system run more smoothly
• Calibrate your thermostat
• Inspect ductwork to see that cool air is distributed evenly and efficiently
• Check and tighten all electrical connecting points
• Ensure the blower motor and belt are in good working order
• Inspect for safety issues
Call Us for Your Seasonal Tune-Up
If you’re ready to schedule your air conditioning tune-up, contact AiRCO Heating and Cooling in Austin and Round Rock Texas for more information. We offer four different maintenance service plans, which allows you to customize your preventive maintenance plan and save money in the long run. Give us a call at 512.537.1234 or contact us online today.
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