Professional AC Tune-Up Services
There is good reason to be concerned if your air conditioning system isn’t cooling your home sufficiently or is making strange noises. Perhaps all your air conditioner needs is an inspection and tuneup, not major repair or replacement. A little tender loving care from a trained professional may be all it takes to get your unit up and running to your satisfaction. A certified professional can check all of its insides to make a diagnosis on the problem.
Typically AC units will last about 10 years before you need to replace them and it’s recommended to have them serviced once a year to keep them running. 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?
The air conditioner paired with the complete HVAC framework has different parts that can malfunction over time. When it comes to these devices, procrastination is never the solution. The solution is to take action immediately. This way you will prevent days and weeks without a working and stable air conditioner. All that is required is for a service expert to do what is called an AC tune-up, once a year.
During the inspection they will:
- clean or replace the air filter
- Search for any leaks or cracks
- check the refrigerant levels
- clean and straighten the coils and coil fins
- clear the space in and around the unit from dirt and debris
- remedy any safety hazards
- recalibrate the thermostat if needed
All of these tuning points help prolong an air conditioning unit’s existence and increase the time between issues. For an air conditioner to work at it’s best, it needs proper and regular care, just like a vehicle. An inefficient AC unit can cause higher than usual electric bills and inconsistent cooling.
Because a homeowner only typically uses their air conditioners for a few months out of the year, it’s not uncommon for them not to discover a problem until the first day they turn it on during hot weather. Experts recommend having your air conditioner inspected in the spring before it gets too warm. Not having an air conditioner when it’s desperately needed is hard, and in some cases, it can even be deadly.
Do I need a tune-up or a total replacement?
If you aren’t acquainted with all the specifics of air conditioning units, you may not realize when the unit is no longer operating at maximum efficiency and may need professional attention. Air conditioning professionals can help determine if your unit is faulty or broken. The below-listed factors can determine if your unit simply just needs to be replaced or tuned-up.
The thermostat isn’t working
While a broken thermostat can cause a lot of frustration and doesn’t help with cooling the house, the issue could be with the wiring or calibration of the device instead of a problem with the unit itself. An AC professional will check out your thermostat’s wiring and recalibrate it as part of diagnosing the reason for your air conditioning problems.
Inconsistent temperatures throughout the home
Only an inspection by a professional will give you a definitive answer for your air conditioner’s inability to cool your home adequately. Your upper level is always going to be hotter than your lower one because of heat rising. However, big differences in the temperature of one room compared to another room on the same floor can mean there is a problem with vents, ductwork, or air filters.
Bad smells or noises
Strange sounds coming from the AC is no laughing matter. You’ll need to call for service right away. A part could be broken or loose and should be repaired promptly before even more damage can occur. Sometimes, it makes better financial sense to replace an air conditioner rather than repair it. Burnt cables or moldy ductwork is sometimes the cause of bad smell coming from the AC unit.
A simple inspection of the problem could solve the issue. It may simply be that your AC unit needs a good cleaning or a relatively simple repair.
If your air conditioner unit is leaking, that’s a bad sign. AC repairs are usually expensive whether it is a water leak from the condenser or a coolant leakage from its lines. When an older unit is nearing the end of its operational life, it would be financially wise to replace it over footing the bill for another repair.
High energy bills.
One of the biggest signs of an air conditioner that is overworking itself and is not working at its best is reflected in your energy bill. If your energy bill is higher than it usually is and there is no other explanation it usually means the air conditioner is the problem. 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.
If the unit is either old or just serviced, it might be getting older and needing a replacement. An inspection will help you know for sure because a professional will look at your unit more comprehensively. If the result of the inspection shows that it needs replacing, then the AC professional can give you a rundown of your options for its replacement.