Air Conditioning Maintenance

Air Conditioning Tune-Up Tips

Sometimes we forget our air conditioning system needs TLC to work properly. Your air conditioner is one of the most expensive appliances in your home, so it’s important to take care of it so it takes care of you! 

We typically recommend having AC maintenance performed in the spring, preferably before you turn the unit on for the first time. This allows our technicians to inspect the entire unit and catch any smaller issues before they lead to bigger, more expensive problems down the road.

If spring came and went, but you forgot to schedule air conditioning maintenance, it’s OK to schedule service during the summer, too.

No matter when tune-ups are scheduled, you save money in the long run. Well-maintained air conditioning systems reduce the risk of breakdowns, lower energy use, and drop costs. Because of the energy efficiency of maintained systems, utility bills lower over time. Without a tune-up, systems become outdated and use more energy than necessary.

Tips to Care for Your AC System

Schedule a visit

First and foremost, schedule a maintenance check as soon as possible. A tune-up is essential for the functionality of your air conditioning system. To avoid unexpected breakdowns, you need to schedule HVAC tune-ups at least twice a year—once in the spring and another in the fall. 

This ensures your entire system, air conditioning and heating, works properly year-round. An air conditioning tune up in the summer still gets the job done!

Change thermostat settings

While you wait for your air conditioning tune-up, adjust the settings on the thermostat. A quick check on your thermostat ensures the temperature stays comfortable. 

Smart thermostats adjust the temperature for you based on the environment. It’s worth a check in case you don’t have a smart thermostat and didn’t know. 

Check filters

Another quick check before your maintenance visit relates to filters. Check if your filters are especially filled with dirt, dust, or other air pollutants. A technician changes it in a maintenance visit—but make a note to check it monthly.

Don’t wait for seasonal tune-ups. Dirty filters cause lots of problems, so check them regularly and change them as needed. Besides, they improve air quality almost instantly.

What Happens During an AC Tune-Up?

Now that your tune-up is scheduled, what goes into maintenance?

  • Refrigerant check. First, a technician checks the refrigerant level in the air conditioning system. Low refrigerant levels mean there is a potential leak. Under no circumstances should you check the refrigerant yourself. Because of its high toxicity, only trained HVAC technicians should handle refrigerant problems. 
  • Electrical check. Electrical connections to an air conditioning system loosen over time. With loose connections, air conditioning ceases to work at its best. Technicians check these connections to ensure the system works with the electrical. 
  • Visual inspection. An air conditioning tune-up usually starts with a visual inspection to check for obvious problems. Issues with the system are caught quickly in this inspection, which prevents larger problems down the line.
  • Check condensate drain. Next, the HVAC technician clears out the condensate drain. This keeps mold, water damage, and irregular temperatures away. Accumulated moisture in the condensate drain causes problems, so it must be emptied in a tune-up.

Part lubrication. Then, parts in the system are lubricated to ensure everything works together smoothly. Parts without lubrication hinder the functionality of an air conditioning system. However, lubricated parts improve the overall quality of your air conditioning because fewer problems occur when everything runs as it should.

Become an Express Comfort Club Member

The best way to remember to schedule AC maintenance is by enrolling in our Express Comfort Club Membership. As a member, you’ll receive the following benefits.

  • 3-year parts and labor warranty
  • Priority service
  • Two season tune-ups per year for just $69 each
  • 15% discount on repairs
  • No overtime charges

And best yet, we’ll remind you when it’s time for your cooling and heating tune-ups so you don’t miss an appointment.

Get Comfort Today Or You Don’t Pay!

At Hans Heating and Air, you get this area’s highest ranked service provider with 24-hour repair service, no overtime charges, and our same day service guarantee. Plus, instead of other company’s 30-day repair warranty, we give you a 3-year repair warranty.