Professional AC Tune-Up Services
If your air conditioning unit starts making strange noises or is not properly cooling your home, this can be concerning. An AC tune-up may be what is needed, rather than replacing the air conditioning unit altogether. Your unit may just need a little maintenance and care to get it back up and running like new. You can hire a certified professional to check over your unit, inspecting the various components, and diagnosing the issue.
Air conditioning units typically last about 10 years before they need to be replaced, and they should be serviced once a year to keep them running for as long as possible. If your AC unit is only a few years old, it can make more sense to have it inspected by a professional rather than assume that it needs to be replaced.
Why is an AC tune-up necessary?
Many parts make up an AC unit and the whole HVAC system as well and these will, of course, experience wear and tear in the long run. Get a yearly tune-up in order to prevent having to go without an AC unit when a problem arises.
During the inspection they will:
- recalibrate the thermostat if needed
- clean or replace the air filter
- check the refrigerant levels
- clean and straighten the coils and coil fins
- remedy any safety hazards
- clear the space in and around the unit from dirt and debris
- Search for any leaks or cracks
Having your air conditioning unit tuned up from time to time will extend its useful life and prevent problems requiring service calls. Just like a vehicle, to keep running at optimal speeds, and air conditioning system needs regular maintenance. If you skimp on regularly scheduled maintenance, you’ll eventually see an increase in your electric bill, inconsistent cooling, and more frequent performance problems due to the unit’s decreasing efficiency.
Due to the fact that the AC system is typically only used for a few months out of the year, most homeowners don’t realize there’s an issue until the first time they turn it on. This is why it is recommended that you inspect your air conditioning system in the spring before you need to use it regularly. At best, being without AC is miserable and at worst, it can be deadly.
Do I need a tune-up or a total replacement?
If you are not familiar with your AC unit then you may not be able to determine if it just needs to be maintained or it has already reached its end. A professional can conduct an inspection and help you determine whether your unit is done. If you are unsure whether your unit may need maintenance or replacement, the following list can help you determine the best course of action.
The Thermostat isn’t working
A malfunctioning thermostat is often the cause of an air conditioning problem. A trained professional will usually check out the thermostat’s wiring and calibration before concluding that the problem is in the air conditioning unit itself.
Inconsistent temperatures throughout the Home
Without having an inspection done, it could be hard to figure out why your home is not cooling down evenly. Upper levels will consistently have a hotter temperature compared to lower levels because of rising heat. But if there is such a big difference then this may mean that there is a problem with the air filters, vents, or ductwork.
Bad smells or noises
Odd noises emitted by your AC unit are never a good sign and always warrant prompt attention. Not repairing a loose or broken part right away can result in extensive damage to the unit. Sometimes, it makes better financial sense to replace an air conditioner rather than repair it. Burnt wires, or mold in the ducts, can cause bad smells to come from your AC unit.
The inspection of the AC unit will reveal the source of the problem. Sometimes what the AC unit needs is just some good old cleaning or repair.
If your air conditioner is leaking, this is usually a sign of a serious problem. Regardless of where the water leaks occur, fixing them is usually quite expensive. If your unit happens to also be near its end life anyway, then the less expensive option may be to just simply have it replaced.
High energy bills.
Energy bills that are higher than usual without the added use of an air conditioner are cause for concern. Something is causing your unit to work harder than it needs to. All too often, it just so happens that the air conditioner has not been serviced in a while. If the unit is not too old, the best fix for it would be to have it serviced. Do not even try to do this on your own as it is going to be much more useful to call in a designated professional to do it.
In case the unit is old or recently serviced, it’s quite possible that it has gotten too old and requires replacement. To find out what needs to be done for sure the professional will conduct a comprehensive inspection on it. If the technician advises you to replace your older air conditioner, he should be able to identify the newest energy-efficient models most suitable for your home.