Regular air conditioner tune-ups are essential if you expect to run your air conditioning year round in Houston, which is often necessary with our damp and hot climate. If your air conditioner starts acting up, it’s very likely that you either have not booked, or have missed a routine AC maintenance service along the way! A timely AC tune-up not only saves you money with lowered utility bills, it also helps you avoid expensive central air conditioning repair bills that can stack up if the unit is neglected!
Do you recall when last your air conditioner was serviced? If not, you should probably go ahead and call us today and book an air conditioning tune-up immediately. It only takes a few years of neglect for a Houston area air conditioner to begin breaking down, and once it does, it can get expensive quick.
What exactly does an extended air conditioner tune up from Air Check Mechanical Service consist of?
Inspection of the condenser
The inspection of your air conditioner’s condenser is the first step in any professional air conditioning tune up. The AC unit cover is removed, and any debris that has accumulated on and in the coils and fan is thoroughly cleaned away. When the condenser coils are dirty, the transfer of heat is reduced, and your air conditioner may have issues cooling generally, or in specific areas of your house or business.
Monitoring the Refrigerant Levels
If your AC unit’s refrigerant levels are low, it could indicate a leak, so it’s important to have those levels checked on a regular basis, like whenever you have an AC tune up. Prior to adding refrigerant, our technician identifies the source of the leak, and repairs it if possible.
Visually Inspect Electrical Components
A tune up for an air conditioner also includes a visual inspection of all critical electrical components. Capacitors and contactors are inspected for signs of wear and tear and are replaced as necessary. If your capacitor fails as a result of overheating or power fluctuations, it can prevent your air conditioner from operating altogether.
Air filters should be Cleaned and Changed on a Regular Basis.
Most homeowners are capable of changing or cleaning their own air filters, but having a professional perform this task once a year during an air conditioner tune-up is always a good idea. It’s possible that you won’t be able to clean it thoroughly, or that you won’t be able to tell whether the filters need to be replaced. Plus, life gets busy, and there are times when even the most organized of us may forget such routine maintenance. With an Air Check Mechanical tune up, we ensure this never happens!
The fan balance will be checked by a technician, as improper fan balance can cause heat dissipation issues, as well as cause the unit to run inefficiently.
Drain Pan Cleaning Service
When the moisture from your home is removed, it is collected in a drain pan and is disposed of appropriately. Without regular emptying, this pan has the potential to become clogged. More advanced air conditioner tune ups also include cleaning and clearing the drain line, among other things.
Lubrication of Moving Parts
Over time, the oil in your air conditioner’s motors may begin to leak, increasing wear and tear on the unit. A professional AC tune up almost always includes thoroughly lubricating all moving parts, such as fans and motors, to ensure their continued efficiency.
In the United States, a simple air conditioning tune-up tends to cost between $45 and $125. This particular service includes inspecting the major components of your air conditioner, particularly the condenser, to determine how well they are operating and whether any parts need to be replaced. Most standard tune-ups do not include the cleaning of the evaporator coil or the cleaning of the ductwork.
The extended tune-ups range in price from $200 to $500 and include an inspection of the heating and cooling components of your air conditioner.
If your refrigerant needs to be recharged or if a major component of your system needs to be repaired, you will be charged an additional fee.
How Often Should You Get An Air Conditioner Tune Up?
When it comes to the frequency of air conditioning tune ups, the generally accepted answer is once a year. If you have an older central air conditioning unit in your home, however, we recommend that you have it serviced twice a year at the very least. The older your air conditioning unit, the more maintenance and care it requires, as its mechanical parts begin to age.
To start, you’ll need to determine when your air conditioning unit was last serviced. This will assist you in determining when it is appropriate to contact your local HVAC company. If you are a first-time homeowner or have recently purchased a new unit that has not been serviced, it simply makes financial sense to have a tune-up performed around the beginning of spring to ensure that everything is up and running in time for the start of summer.
Regular Air Conditioning Tune Ups Are Necessary!
Getting your air conditioning unit serviced is similar to getting a yearly physical at the doctor’s office. Upon arrival, an Air Check Mechanical Service technician will inspect the unit to ensure that all of its components are in proper working order and will make a note of anything that requires further attention.
Depending on the level of a specific AC problem, we may be able to resolve your issue during the tune up. Remember that a well-functioning AC unit is an efficient unit – and an efficient AC unit is one that saves you money on your energy bills. It is even possible that your unit is working twice as hard to cool your home without your knowledge, causing you to spend more of your hard-earned money than necessary.
We offer 24/7 Emergency Service to all of our customers.You can always count on Air Check Mechanical Service to get to you fast and get the job done right the first time. We use state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment to find the source of your heating and air conditioning problems and fix them fast.