Your air conditioning unit is subject to a lot of wear-and-tear over time. To keep it working well, you need to have it maintained regularly. It’s especially important to have your unit checked out now that spring is here and it’s about to start working full-time. Some homeowners wonder “are AC tune-ups worth the cost?” The answer is, “Absolutely!”
Unfortunately, many homeowners underestimate the importance of getting their AC checked out every spring. As a result, some of them may experience an unpleasant surprise when their air conditioning won’t come on the first time they attempt to use it for the year.
Avoiding this unpleasant situation is as simple as getting your system checked out annually. Here’s what you should know about AC tune-ups and whether or not they’re worth it.
What is included in an AC tune-up?
You probably take your car in for regular tune-ups to make sure it operates optimally, and you should do the same for your HVAC system. Here’s what’s typically included in an HVAC tun-up for your cooling system:
- Air filter change
- Lubrication of all moving parts
- Cleaning of coils and other components
- Cleaning condensate drain
- Thermostat testing
- Checking of controls, belts and blower motor
- Cleaning and/or replacing of parts as needed
- Measuring refrigerant levels
- Straightening and checking fins
If your contractor notices loose electrical connections, those will be tightened during the service as well. If your contractor notices any problems while servicing your HVAC system, he or she will make you aware of them before fixing them.
What might happen if you don’t maintain your AC?
If you fail to maintain your AC unit because you don’t want to deal with the reasonable cost of a tune-up each year, you might regret your decision. This simple service can identify potential problems before they become major ones that wreck your system.
Remember, it’s almost always better to repair your system as needed than it is to leave it in disrepair until it stops functioning and needs complete replacement. Remember the old saying “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure?” It really applies to the way you care for your AC system.
How can you keep your HVAC system in good condition?
In addition to calling Reimer Home Services every time you need an HVAC system tune-up, there are things you can do as a homeowner to keep your system working well. For example, you can improve airflow through your system by inspecting and changing your filter every three months.
You can also check all your grilles and vents to make sure they’re clear from furniture and debris so air can flow freely. Remember to keep all vents open as well so you don’t put unnecessary pressure on your system.
Ready to schedule your professional AC tune-up?
Now is the perfect time to schedule your professional AC tune-up so your HVAC system is ready to serve you well the rest of the year. Contact Reimer Home Services and we’ll help you get your tune-up scheduled right away.