When Should I Get an AC Tune Up?

You can’t expect your air conditioner to work flawlessly if you don’t take care of it. Generally, it’s best not to wait until the AC starts to act up to schedule service. An AC tune-up should be done twice a year—one before summer and again before winter. Late spring is the best time to schedule a professional inspection; it avoids having to wait for repairs when HVAC companies are busy during the summer season.

Why Are Regular Tune-Ups So Important?

Air conditioner tune-up services aren’t just for show. They have real benefits and can avoid a lot of headaches later on. In addition to avoiding emergency service in the summer, other perks of HVAC maintenance on a routine basis include:

  • Longer AC Life: A tune-up might take just a little time out of your schedule, but testing the system, checking for leaks, and cleaning vital components can help it last longer. A poorly maintained unit may last only seven years, but one that’s well-cared for can last 15 years or more. That’s a lot of savings when you consider the cost of replacing an AC system.
  • ACs Work Hard: During the summer and winter, HVAC units work hard and various factors can strain them. If there’s any wear or damage, further strain can lead to component failure and your AC will break down. Smaller issues are less expensive to fix, and with a tune-up, you won’t have to worry about the potential for big problems at times of peak use.
  • Lower Prices: HVAC contractors typically lower their prices during the off-season because there is less demand. Taking advantage of specials and promotions helps you save. It certainly means spending less than you would when business is at its peak. If you don’t want to spend too much, schedule an AC tune-up during the spring or fall.

When Should I Schedule a Tune-Up Sooner Rather Than Later?

A lot of issues can crop up if your AC is overdue for a tune-up. The warning signs that mean it’s time to schedule service include:

  • The AC suddenly starts making whistling, banging, buzzing, hissing, or loud humming sounds.
  • The air blowing from the vents is not cool or is uncomfortably warm.
  • Air blowing from the vents seems weaker than usual.
  • Your utility bills are going up as the AC loses efficiency due to blockages, wear, or old age.
  • Foul odors are coming from your air conditioner or HVAC vents.
  • Indoor humidity feels higher than it normally is.
  • Water or refrigerant are leaking from your AC

During an AC tune-up, our technicians will inspect the condenser and clean any debris from the coils and fan. They also check refrigerant levels and recharge coolant or make repairs if necessary. Other tune-up tasks include changing filters, cleaning the drain pan, inspecting electrical components as well as lubricating moving parts.

Schedule Your AC Tune-Up Today

If you haven’t yet had your AC tuned up this season, schedule maintenance with Black Hills Home Services. Our HVAC maintenance team can help improve AC performance, safety, and efficiency as well as your indoor air quality (cleaning the system can reduce dust, bacteria, and mold). Seasonal maintenance is required as part of many manufacturers’ warranties. Therefore, you have many reasons to schedule AC maintenance; you’ll even get priority service and discounts with our membership plan options. To learn more or request an AC tune-up, call 360-822-9659 today.