Our air conditioning systems are designed to stay out of sight and out of mind for most of the time, but that doesn’t mean they don’t need regular maintenance to keep them that way. Sure, you may not have to think about your AC very often — until it breaks down. Here’s why regular AC maintenance for your system is an absolute must.
What is an AC tune-up?
A tune-up for your air conditioner is kind of like your yearly physical checkup. During AC tune-ups, a technician cleans the system, ensures that everything is working properly and recommends repairs if there’s a problem. This way, you can rest easy knowing that your air conditioner is working properly as the seasons change and your air conditioning needs shift.
At Norman Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing, we offer a tune-up with 18 points of inspection to ensure your AC is in top working condition. Our comprehensive tune-up includes:
- Replace or clean the air filter
- Check the blower motor
- Test the thermostat
- Inspect and clean evaporator and condenser coils
- Clear condensate drain
- Remove debris from the outdoor unit
- Check the refrigerant charge
- Inspect electrical connections for safety
- Test capacitors
- Clean and inspect fan blade
- Check service valves for proper operation
- Measure temperature differential
- Examine the compressor
- Inspect ductwork for energy loss
Why are tune-ups so important?
Scheduling regular AC tune-ups is an essential part of your air conditioner’s long-term and short-term health. Tune-ups increase your system’s energy efficiency, giving it a boost at the time of the tune-up but also helping it maintain its efficiency throughout its life. HVAC tune-ups also act as preventative maintenance, often catching AC repairs before the homeowner notices them. This keeps the issue from causing more problems and vastly reduces the risk of breakdowns when the system is under strain.
All of these things can contribute to extending the lifespan of your AC system, the most valuable benefit of regular HVAC maintenance. When you keep your AC in top condition year-round through tune-ups, it’s much more likely to run better for longer. This will not only save you money on operating costs but also on the cost of replacing the system.
When to Schedule Your Tune-Ups
As mentioned previously, tune-ups offer an efficiency boost for your AC system. Because of this, you should schedule two tune-ups each year: one in the spring for your AC and one in the fall for your heater. Since summer and winter are the most difficult times of year for your HVAC system, scheduling tune-ups right before the change of seasons ensures that the system will be ready to take on the extra strain with ease.
Join the Norman Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing Comfort Club
Even though tune-ups are important, it can be easy to forget about them. Becoming a Comfort Club member gives you two free HVAC tune-ups each year. You’ll also receive priority service and service discounts. Now that’s a deal!
Contact us online or by phone today to become a Comfort Club member or schedule your seasonal AC tune-up.