In this article, we’re going over AC tune ups and AC maintenance in general. We’ll explain what that means, what you get, and why it’s worth it.
With summer around the corner, now’s the time to make sure your air conditioner is all set for the warm weather ahead. After all, the last thing you want is for the cooling system to suddenly stop working during the hottest time of the year!
And, if there’s a chance your central air or ductless system will break down, that’s when it will happen: When the temps are high, and it’s working its hardest.
Fortunately, you don’t have to roll the dice once Memorial Day rolls around. Instead, you can take the time now to make a small investment that pays off all summer long.
When you’re ready to schedule service for your home in or near York, PA, call or email us here at Air Comfort Technologies today.
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What Does an AC Tune Up Include?
An AC tune up includes a full inspection, cleaning, and any repairs that you should get done before using your system all summer. After looking over and cleaning the entire system, your tech also lubricates all moving components and replaces any worn-down or broken parts.
This falls under what we call preventative maintenance. You’re not waiting until your system breaks down to call us. That ends up costing you more money in the long run, and we’ll explain why a little later.
Instead, having a professional look over your system before the busy season means catching any small problems before they become bigger ones. Or, heading off potential issues before they even occur.
This way, your air conditioning is in the best shape possible for the hard work ahead.
Now, let’s look a little closer.
Is AC Maintenance Worth It?
AC maintenance once a year is always worth the time and money. Getting an AC check up:
- Lowers Your Electric Bill
- Prevents Costly Breakdowns
- Keeps Repair Costs Low
- Keeps Your Warranty Valid
We mentioned already what you get with your tune-up: Inspection, cleaning, optimization, and any necessary repair. Now, let’s see what that gets you.
Lowering Your Electric Bill
Your AC check up will save you money in the long run by reducing your electric bill during the summer. In some cases, the service call may even pay for itself.
The reason is simple: Any machine that’s in good shape uses less energy than one that’s in disrepair. Your air conditioner is no exception.
In fact, it should be a big consideration: According to the U.S. Department of Energy, air conditioning uses five percent of all the electricity the country uses.
And, as your cooling system ages, it needs more and more energy to do the job. That means your bills go up every summer.
It’s an inevitable decline, but regular maintenance slows it down significantly.
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Preventing Costly Breakdowns
Avoiding breakdowns is where the “preventative” part really comes in. You don’t want to shell out for big repairs because something went seriously wrong with your AC.
Your system has all sorts of moving parts and electrical components. Over time, parts wear out, and electrical components get dirty. Eventually, they can’t do their jobs, and the system stops working.
Or, if the system keeps going, it causes more damage before breaking down because it’s not working correctly.
So, the solution is simple: Replace those parts before they cause a problem.
Classic example: Last summer, you used your air conditioner from May through September. It was a hot one! As a result, your fan blower wore out by the end of the season.
This year, the temperatures start rising. You close the windows and turn on the AC. Two weeks later, the house feels like a rain forest!
The reason? That fan blower blew out. If you had known ahead of time, you would have replaced it in the spring, before you needed it.
Keeping Repair Costs Low
During an AC check up, your tech spots any parts about to break. If they make the replacement then, you spend way less than if you waited till the system broke down.
When that happens, the costs add up. Now, we’re troubleshooting and probably handling extra repairs because more stuff broke down along the way.
There’s also the matter of timing. Come August, your air conditioner isn’t the only one on the fritz. It’s the hottest months, so everyone’s systems are working their hardest. That makes them all prone to breakdowns.
At that point, all the reputable HVAC companies have backlogged. Then, you’ll have to choose between sweating it out for maybe an extra week or paying more for priority service.
You can avoid that choice — and the heat — by nipping problems in the bud.
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Keeping Your Warranty Valid
Once you’ve invested in a new air conditioner — especially one like a ductless system or even just a high-end, high-efficiency traditional model — you want to get your money’s worth.
A warranty offers peace of mind in that respect: You know you’re covered for most problems at least for the first few years you own the system. But, you better read the fine print.
Most manufacturers require regular maintenance for your system. And, you need to have it done and documented by a contractor that’s certified to work on their equipment.
Fortunately, an annual tuneup meets this requirement.
AC Maintenance and Tune Ups In and Around York, PA
Comfort offers AC tuneups and maintenance for homeowners in or around York, PA, Lancaster, or anywhere in Central Pennsylvania. We’re certified to work on top brands, including Trane and Mitsubishi.
And, we have an excellent reputation from customers in Camp Hill, Manchester, Mechanicsburg, and other towns across the region. You can check out our A+ Better Business Bureau rating along with dozens of five-star Google reviews.
So, don’t wait until a small problem with your cooling system becomes a big, costly one! Call or email us here at Air Comfort, and we’ll make sure you’re ready to stay cool and comfortable all summer long.