Your HVAC system is the heart of what keeps your home hot or cold when you need it most. Because your HVAC system is so vital to keeping the internal temperature maintained, it requires the most care frequently throughout the year. The best way to ensure your system is running in peak shape all year long is to get a maintenance tune-up every six months or before any large seasonal weather change.
What is an AC Tune-Up?
An AC tune-up is the maintenance checklist that a technician will go through to ensure every part of your HVAC system is working the way it should be. Typically, it is a step-by-step process that goes from the outside of the unit inwards to ensure every single piece of the system is not only connected but is in pristine working condition.
Tune-ups test the operating speed of each moving part, like the condensers or evaporator coils, to see where they are in their capacity to function properly. If they fall below the standard speed of functionality, your technician will help you decide if the faulty part needs to be replaced or repaired.
This form of testing, done through the tune-up process, is a vital form of determining whether something is working because looks can be deceiving – the part can look fine but might be underperforming or not performing at all.
Why They’re Important
AC tune-ups ensure that your unit is not only in working order, but that nothing is broken, damaged or blocked. These tune-ups are also the way to catch a broken part of your HVAC system before it becomes a larger issue and maintain a “healthy” and functioning unit.
Tune-ups are the best preventive measure you can have for your home’s internal temperature – it allows you to keep your unit on and running when you need it most. By having regular tune-ups, you can save yourself the cost of a larger maintenance or repair bill later down the line. These regular tune-ups also save you from having to fully shut off your system during the brunt of summer or the frigid winter.
When to Schedule
Tune-ups are best utilized in the spring and fall when the weather isn’t in one of the temperature extremes. This allows a technician to catch any problem that might be brewing within your unit before it becomes imperative that your system doesn’t have to be shut off for a repair for an extended period of time.
The typical AC tune-up maintenance cycle recommends a tune-up every six months in the spring, before the weather changes to extreme heat in the summer, and in the fall, before the extreme cold in the winter.
By enrolling in a yearly maintenance plan with your AC company, your technician can tell you the exact date when your unit needs to have its tune-up for each specific season. This will allow you to never worry about when your unit needs to be checked on and give you peace of mind.
For more information on when your unit should get a tune-up, contact Blanco AC for an in-depth unit inspection and maintenance