What is Included in an AC Tune Up?

There is nothing more pleasant than an efficiently working air conditioner in the summer months. In the hot summer months of Dallas, TX, the AC is a saving grace and reprieve from the sweltering heat. In order for your AC to consistently offer your that cool reprieve, it must be regularly maintanenced. 

By performing regular AC maintenance, you can keep your unit clean, efficient, and free of potential breakdowns. It also prolongs the unit’s longevity and saves you money in the long run. But what is included in AC tune up? This article will outline some of the services that an HVAC technician provides during a maintenance inspection.  

HVAC Maintenance Checklist

Since the air conditioning system is such an integral component of the comfort of your home, it is important its tune up is thorough. Enjoy a comfortable home atmosphere by ensuring your AC tune up includes the following steps: 

  • Check and change air filters
  • Test the thermostat settings
  • Check and adjust blower motor and belts
  • Lubricate all moving parts
  • Tighten electrical connections 
  • Check and clean condensate drain
  • Read freon levels and recharge if necessary
  • Check all controls and straighten fins
  • Clean all coils

Adhering to this checklist will ensure that your AC gets a proper and thorough tune up. With these items checked off, it will be contentedly working to serve the needs of your household. 

AC Tune Up Costs

The costs for a quality air conditioning inspection is dependent upon the scope of the maintenance work, the HVAC service provider, and the season. In general, there are five factors that will drive the cost of the tune up: 

  • How often your AC is maintanenced
  • Size of your home is square footage
  • Age of the unit
  • Ductwork 
  • Model of the AC unit

To save money on your air conditioning operation and maintenance costs, we recommend a annual AC tune up at minimum. With time, you will see that there are less required repairs, lower energy bills, and a longer lifespan for your overal unit. 

Length of AC Tune Up Service

In the same way that the price of tuning your AC varies, so does its length. A maintenance service will largely depend on how often it is tuned up. The longer period between maintenance visits, the longer the service will be. This is because with time, certain parts of the unit wear out and require replacement or adjustment. The number of these needed repairs increase with time and will lengthen the tune up service. They will also increase the cost of the service as they require additional labor and equipment. 

AC Tune Up vs. Repair 

An AC tune up is different from a repair service but both can be performed concurrently. A tune up is like an annual doctor’s visit, but from an HVAC expert. Your technician will go through the checklist we provided above to make sure the unit is working as expected. During this time, he or she may find areas that need special repair services and make appropriate recommendations to the homeowner. It is then up to the homeowner to decide whether to proceed with the repairs or to put them off. 

AC repair services are generally targetted toward a specific problem within the unit. Here’s a common list of issues that typically require repair services versus a simple AC tune up:

  • Increased energy bills
  • Bad smells coming from vents
  • AC is loud when operating
  • Not producing enough cool air
  • Stuffy, muggy air
  • Refrigerant leaks
  • Thermostat not working

An AC tune up service will help prevent the need for these repairs. Your technician will also be able to make the best recommendations for your home that will help you make the most out of your air conditioning system. 

Schedule Your AC Tune Up Today

Is your home in need of an AC tune up? Dallas Plumbing has all the top-rated service technicians for you plumbing, air conditioning, and heating needs. With over a century of experience, we know how to get the job done to provide you with the most optimally functioning AC unit. Do not delay the comfort and safety of your home! Contact Dallas Plumbing by calling (877) 769-5547.