You might not even think about an air conditioner tuneup or how your A/C unit is functioning until something’s wrong with it. Well, with temperatures rising every day and we haven’t even hit official summer yet, it’s definitely something you should consider before an A/C disaster strikes!
Tuneups help homeowners get their air conditioners ready for the summer heat, and they give you peace of mind that your A/C will work as efficiently and durably as possible — even when scorching summer temps place extreme demands on the unit.
Air conditioner tuneups actually are a cost-effective solution in the grand scheme of things. By keeping your system in good operating condition and investing in the service every year, you’ll see the pay off in terms of a longer service life for the A/C unit as well as lower operating costs. Put those extra dollars you saved towards your summer vacay instead!
This maintenance service has a number of benefits:
- It allows you to maintain warranty coverage. Many manufacturers void warranties if an A/C unit hasn’t been serviced. They know that tuneups help the individual components inside the system last longer so the system’s total life span is longer. If you purchased a warranty for your air conditioner, you could risk voiding it if you don’t schedule annual service appointments and keep records of the service.
- It increases the air conditioner’s efficiency. Each A/C unit is assigned an efficiency rating, called a seasonal energy efficiency ratio (SEER), by its manufacturer, based on tests that were performed under ideal running conditions. If conditions are not ideal, the A/C unit won’t achieve its highest-possible efficiency. Less-than-ideal conditions can include a leaky home or too little insulation, but these conditions also extend to factors, such as dirt buildup on the coils and too little refrigerant. Your HVAC contractor will check for all of these things during your tuneup to ensure the system operates as efficiently as possible.
- It replaces worn components. The HVAC contractor will inspect the A/C unit and look for any components, such as the refrigerant lines, that show signs of wear and tear. If there’s a leak in the lines and the air conditioner runs on too little refrigerant, the system’s overall efficiency can be greatly reduced. Additionally, hazardous, ozone-depleting refrigerant will escape into the environment. When you replace worn components, your air conditioner will run safely and efficiently, it will last longer and you won’t have to pay for a replacement system as soon.
How the air conditioning tuneups work:
The process itself is fairly simple. All you need to do is call your local HVAC contractor to schedule an appointment that works with your schedule. At the time of your appointment, a technician will arrive at your home with the equipment to diagnose the A/C unit’s efficiency and clean the individual components. Some tasks are routine for a tuneup:
- Full-scale inspection
- Comprehensive cleaning of the motor, air handler, evaporator, condenser and related parts, such as the ductwork
- Test to diagnose airflow and temperature differential at the duct supply and return
- Test to assess the system’s operational efficiency
- Assessment of the thermostat’s operations
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