Professional Tunes: What to Expect from a Home AC Tune-Up

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The latest statistics reveal that over 80% of U.S. households have air conditioners (AC). This includes both central air-conditioning and window units. 

What was once a luxury is now standard for most homes in the West, Midwest, and South. In the South, over 80% of people have central AC. 

Does your home have a central heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning system, (HVAC)? It’s about time for your spring checkup. 

Routine maintenance is crucial to keep your system running right. Regular maintenance check-ups and fine-tuning keep unexpected breakdowns at bay. 

Are you wondering what a home AC tune-up entails? Here’s what you should expect!

Certified, Trained, and Reputable

Look for an HVAC service company that has good reviews and an A+ BBB rating.

Did you see an advertisement for a company charging bargain-basement prices for an HVAC check and tune-up? As the saying goes, “If it looks too good to be true, it probably is.”

Use a reputable service with transparent and competitive prices. Make sure the company uses trained and certified technicians. 

If your technicians are NATE certified, they’ve passed a rigorous test. 

Many states don’t have licensing or certification requirements. But a professional HVAC technician should have EPA section 608 certification. Certification assures the consumer that the technician knows how to handle refrigerants. 

Inside Service

The technician also checks the inside unit. The check here includes:

  • Air-filter replacement
  • Adjust electrical fittings if necessary
  • Adjust fan motor settings if necessary
  • Clean and inspect drain lines
  • Test motor, safety switches, and controls
  • Check and measure motor and compressor electric consumption
  • Make sure the system meets code 
  • Verify the system uses the correct break sizes
  • Check supply/return temperature differential

The technician checks the indoor and outdoor parts of your HVAC system. 

Outside Service

Your air conditioner needs checking both inside the home and outside. The outside check includes:

  • Evaporator and condenser coil inspection and cleaning
  • Fan blade rotation and balance
  • Coil cleaning and inspection
  • Adjust refrigerant levels if necessary
  • Adjust electrical fittings if necessary
  • Make sure the system meets code 
  • Remove debris

Maintaining the AC is like getting a regular oil change for your car. It entails more than putting some oil in the car. And it should be done by a professional.

Regular maintenance and tune-ups extend the life of your AC unit. Maintenance also keeps your system running at peak efficiency. In the long run, regular maintenance saves you money and will make it so that when you need to sell your home quickly, it ensures you get the best price.

Get an AC Tune-Up for Spring

Now that you know what to expect in an AC tune-up, what are you waiting for? Keep your AC running smoothly by opting for regular maintenance. 

Look for a reputable company with good reviews and an A+ BBB rating. Make sure the company uses trained and certified technicians.

Expect the technician to take about 1 to 1-1/2 hours during the inspection.

A good technician inspects all AC system components and will let you know if any repairs are necessary. 

If you live in or near Beaufort, contact us today for a routine AC spring inspection. 

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