Is an AC Tune-Up Worth It?


Owning a home or a car can often feel like a lot of work for very little return. You need to perform regular maintenance on so many components of your home, like your air conditioner, that it can sometimes be tempting to think you can skip a maintenance appointment. After all, is something like an AC tune-up worth it? Just like getting the oil changed in your car on a regular basis, yes — it is. An AC tune-up is absolutely worth it if you want to make sure your unit doesn’t end up costing you even more over time.

What Is an AC Tune-Up?

An AC tune-up is a comprehensive look at your air conditioner from top to bottom to help spot problems before they get out of hand. Included in the checkup is the type of regular maintenance that your AC needs to keep running optimally, such as:

  • Condenser coil cleaning
  • Drain line flushing
  • The replacement of damaged or faulty electrical parts
  • The addition of new Freon
  • Changing and replacing the air filters

All of this is done to keep your air conditioner running in top condition. Think of it as preventative maintenance to help make sure that your air conditioning doesn’t break down on the hottest day of the year.

Why Get an AC Tune-Up?

You’re probably thinking that scheduling a tune-up is a hassle and that it’s just another expense to add to the budget. But what you probably haven’t considered is that this simple visit can actually save you a lot of time and money later on.

Better Energy Efficiency

Have you noticed that your energy bills seem to be increasing, even if you haven’t changed your habits? This could be due to a spike in energy costs, or it could be due to your air conditioner. Dirt and debris building up on your filter and coils could be causing your air conditioner to work harder than it needs to. This will drive up your energy bills each month. Getting a tune-up will help keep the unit working at peak efficiency so that you don’t have to worry about higher energy bills.

Longer Lifespan

A new air conditioner is a major purchase, and one that most homeowners probably hope to put off for as long as possible. Getting regular tune-ups can help ensure that your current unit keeps working for as long as possible. Regularly scheduled tune-ups help catch problems before they begin to affect the way that your AC works. They also prevent it from working too hard (which shortens its lifespan).

Prevent Emergency Break Downs

The worst thing that can happen is to have an air conditioner stop working at the peak of summer. Then you’re faced with emergency repair bills, or worse — the cost of a new unit. Getting a tune-up at the start of the season ensures that your air conditioner is going to work properly all summer long. With scheduled tune-ups, you don’t have to worry about an unforeseen repair bill, or facing the possibility of  going any length of time without air conditioning.

Better Air Quality

Consider this: what happens if dirt is building up inside your air conditioning unit? Think about where that dirt is going to go – into your ducts and through your home is one option. The other option is into the unit and its drains, where water may collect and back up, leading to mold and mildew growth.

Regular tune-ups mean that your unit stays cleaner, which in turn means that the air inside your home will also stay cleaner, making you more comfortable.

Schedule Regular AC Tune-Ups

No matter what you may think of the time or expense, scheduling regular tune-ups for your air conditioner is worth the trouble. Take the time to schedule yours today and make sure your air conditioner is ready for the heat this summer.

Precision Air & Plumbing September 9, 2017


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