AC Tune-Ups: Everything You Need To Know
Now that spring is here, summer is right around the corner.
You know what that means in Houston: Air Conditioners will soon be cranking up to full blast.
It’s hard to even function in a climate like Houston’s without effective air conditioning.
So don’t wait until you have a problem with your AC to get it checked out—a springtime tune-up can keep your AC functioning at its best all year long, and avoid the panic that a broken AC can cause in the height of the summer heat.
An AC tune-up is a cost-effective way to keep your AC / HVAC unit functioning at its best.
Let’s overview a few reasons you should consider having a pre-summer AC tune-up, and what exactly a tune-up will accomplish.
Reasons to Have an AC Tune-Up
All too often, people wait until there’s a noticeable problem with their AC unit before calling an HVAC contractor.
At that point, you’ll have to spend at least some time in the uncomfortable heat, and the AC repairs may end up being costly and complicated.
Save yourself the time and inconvenience by having your HVAC unit tune-up at least once a year, preferably in the spring.
Here are some of the many benefits of an annual AC tune-up:
- Maximize the Efficiency of Your AC Unit. You may be surprised to hear that there are ways to reduce the energy consumption of your AC unit, other than just cranking it up to a higher temperature. For example, if your ductwork is worn or torn, it can lead to air being lost through the ductwork, which causes your HVAC to have to work extra hard to cool or heat your home. A regular tune-up can make sure your AC unit isn’t chugging more energy than it needs to be, streamline its energy efficiency, and reduce your energy bill as a result.
- Avoid Future Costly Repairs. Whenever an AC unit breaks down, there is usually an underlying cause that was going on for some time and could have been caught, and fixed, sooner. These AC fixes are often easier and cheaper when they’re noticed and repaired early on, before they have time to cause worse damage to the unit. Serious problems, if left too long, can even lead to damage to your home through water leaks. A yearly tune-up by an HVAC contractor will catch these potential problems before they cost you time, money, and headaches down the line.
- Keep Your AC From Breaking Down at Inconvenient Times. Summer is a notoriously busy time of year in the HVAC profession. Summer is busy for HVAC contractors partly because people need their AC more and call as soon as it slows down or breaks, desperate for a quick repair. AC units also break down more often in the summer because they are constantly running on full blast, so a problem that existed all year gets exacerbated as the unit is pushed to its limits, causing a breakdown. A springtime tune-up can catch these problems early and keep your unit running effectively all summer long.
- Increase the Longevity of Your AC Unit. Your HVAC unit is one of the most costly appliances in your home. A well-maintained AC unit should last you 10-15 years. Regular maintenance checks and tune-ups can keep your AC from overworking itself, and guarantee its longest lifespan possible.
- Keep Your AC / HVAC Unit Functioning at Its Best Year-Round. If spring isn’t the best time for you to get an AC tune-up, no problem. Just make sure you have your HVAC unit tune-up done at least once a year at the time that works best for you. A fall tune-up can make sure your HVAC unit is ready to heat your home all winter long, especially if you live in a colder climate. No matter when you choose to schedule your tune-up with an HVAC contractor, try not to put it off more than a year.
- Ensure the Safety of Your AC Unit. Like any major appliance, HVAC units pose potential safety risks if left too long without maintenance. Electrical writing and heating mechanisms can pose risks to your home if something goes wrong. Regular checkups can prevent major safety hazards from occurring.
What Will Your AC Tune-Up Include?
Now that you know why you should schedule your AC tune-up, let’s talk about what a tune-up should cover.
An experienced, qualified AC technician should perform a thorough 60-90 minute cleaning and tune-up of your AC unit.
Your AC technician will cover the following checks and procedures during your tune-up:
- Inspect safety devices for correct operation
- Check electrical components for exposed wires
- Test and calibrate thermostat for optimal operation
- Check AC unit for isolation pads
- Inspect service valves
- Monitor operating pressures of refrigerant
- Clean air filters as needed
- Check and lubricate bearings
- Measure blower motor’s voltage and amperage
- Inspect indoor coil
- Clean condenser coil of debris and dust
- Assess the condition of the blower belt
- Test the ductwork for possible energy loss
- Confirm the correct amount of return air
- Inspect condenser coil for proper operation
- Check all fittings for signs of leakage or oil build-up
- Measure the differential of supply/return temperature
- Assess the functioning and safety of the electrical disconnect box
- Check and test capacitors
- Inspect AC unit for time delay relay
- Tighten electrical wiring connections
- Test contactors and check for burned or pitted contacts
- Monitor compressor, measuring amperage, volt draw, and wiring connections
- Inspect suction line and check for correct fittings
- Test all lines and fittings with a refrigerant leakage detector
- Check fan blade for proper functioning
If you have any questions about any of the above AC tune-up steps and what exactly they check for and how they help the functioning of your HVAC unit, feel free to give Cruz Air & Electric a call at (281) 446-4272. We’d be happy to answer any and all of your AC tune-up questions.
Reasons to Choose a Local HVAC Contractor
So now you know why you should have an AC tune-up and what it will cover; the last step is to know who to call for your spring tune-up.
While there are many large, chain HVAC companies in the Houston area, make sure you do your research before choosing the first company you find.
Check for customer reviews on Google, Facebook, and service review sites like Home Advisor.
There are many benefits to choosing a reliable, local HVAC contractor rather than a big-box business.
Consider the following benefits of choosing a local HVAC contractor:
- Quicker service
- Reliable reputation
- More cost effective
- Personal service
- Easier communication
- Boost your local economy
Cruz Air & Electric
We have been serving Humble and the surrounding area since 1982. Cruz Air promises expert HVAC services with excellent customer service.
If your AC needs a tune-up, call us today at (281) 446-4272 and ask about our spring air conditioning specials!