Summer is here, and so is the heat. That means it’s time to crank up that handy dandy air conditioner to stay cool this season. But wait… did you get an AC tune up this year? If not, you could be facing a poorly functioning unit that could leave you sweating inside your own home (no, thank you).
While many people believe biannual HVAC tune ups aren’t worth the money, our technicians at Santa Fe Air have found that they save people a lot of hassle in the long run. We know it can be a little confusing to determine whether or not you need a tune up for your system, so we’ve created a guide to get you started.
Keep reading to learn everything you should know about getting an AC tune up and how it can help keep your air conditioner running better for longer.
What is an AC tune up?
An AC tune up is general cleaning and maintenance for your unit. Think of it like a normal tune up with your doctor. You don’t get a check up because you feel sick or something hurts. You usually get a checkup to make sure everything is still running smoothly.
Your AC works the same way. When you hire a professional for a system tune up, it’s used as a preventative measure to ensure your AC is in tip-top condition. This allows you to catch any potential problems before they turn into money-gobbling disasters.
Okay, but do I have to get a tune up?
You won’t be breaking any laws if you decide against your yearly tune up. However, if you want to make the most out of your system, a tune up is your best bet. Your air conditioner needs a lot of love and care to cool your home effectively. Just imagine how your summer would be if something all of a sudden happened to your unit. No amount of popsicles and cold baths will help you there.
Why you should consider getting a HVAC tune up this summer
Most people choose to get an AC tune up in the springtime, but that doesn’t mean it’s too late. If you’re on the fence about having a professional check your AC system, here are a few reasons why you should really consider a tune up.
Your warranty may depend on it
Some air conditioners require yearly maintenance as part of its warranty requirements. In fact, if you need a repair, they may not send you the parts you need unless you’ve fulfilled those requirements. Make sure you check your warranty (there’s usually a clause under “Eligibility Requirements” or something to that degree). You don’t want to assume that you’ll be covered under your warranty if something were to happen.
Regularly maintained units typically last longer
We all know that if you take good care of something, it’s going to last a lot longer than if you let it go. Your AC is no exception. Quick, yearly AC inspections can help you catch even the smallest fault that could do your unit harm. Plus, with regular professional cleaning you don’t have to worry about dust, grime, and other debris ruining your system. The best part? A well-maintained HVAC system can last up to 20 years!
A checkup usually costs less than a repair
Unless you have a tiny repair or something you could do on your own, a checkup will almost always cost you less money. Remember, since this is preventive maintenance, AC tune ups are meant to keep your unit healthy so that breakdowns are less likely to happen. On the other hand, repairs typically require a professional and parts, which could end up being pretty costly depending on the issue (Luckily, Santa Fe works hard to keep the price of AC repairs down for our customers).
An AC tune up can make your unit more efficient
If there’s one thing to takeaway here, it’s this: an efficient air conditioner = a more cost-saving air conditioner. You know what that means? Yep, a tune up could potentially save you money on your energy bill each month! It’s a total win-win situation when you can cool your home without breaking the bank, and all it takes is a quick 60 to 90 minute check up.
What to expect during an AC tune up from your Kansas City HVAC technician
Different technicians may perform different tasks, but they are all fairly similar (as long as you choose a trusted HVAC professional). While the order of steps may vary, there are a few key procedures you can expect no matter where you go.
Condenser/evaporator coil cleaning: A thorough cleaning of your condenser coils reduces wear and tear while promoting the efficiency of your air conditioner.
Coolant level check: Proper coolant lubrication ensures all the moving parts work properly to maintain your system’s cooling power.
Thermostat inspection: A broken thermostat can deter your AC’s success. During your AC tune up, expect a full inspection and calibration of your thermostat.
Ductwork inspection: Oftentimes leaky ductwork could be causing your energy bill to spike. An inspection catches those leaks before they become a huge problem.
Electrical wiring check: During an AC tune up, it’s important to check the electrical wiring to ensure there’s no loose wires that could harm your system.
Evaluate the blower and blower belt: A technician will inspect the amperage and voltage so blower components perform properly.
Signs you probably need a air conditioner inspection
If you haven’t been up-to-date with your AC tune ups, your air conditioner may be showing signs that it’s time to have a professional take a closer look. Here are some of the common things our technicians at Santa Fe Air have noticed in homes around the Kansas City metro.
Your house won’t cool down
There’s nothing more disappointing (other than your kids missing the ice cream truck) than pushing the temperature on your thermostat down with no results. If your AC isn’t pulling out heat and bringing in cooler air properly, then a good cleaning could do you some good.
It’s super humid inside
You would think we lived in the tropics with how humid our summers get. Fortunately, a well-functioning AC works to eliminate excess humidity to keep your house cool. If you’re noticing extra moisture around your windows or your house feels hot despite the thermostat reading, you could have an issue on your hands. A lot of times this stems from the evaporator coils. An AC tune up could get those back up and running.
Air isn’t blowing properly
If you stand in front of a vent and the air is basically wisping through instead of actually blowing, you may also notice inconsistencies with your home’s temperature. That’s because a strong air flow is key for maintaining the balance of cool air in your house. Sometimes the problem could be a leaky air duct or a clogged filter (or both in some cases!).
Something smells stinky
If you’re walking around the house scrunching your nose, you’re going to want to check out that AC unit sooner than later. There’s not necessarily one reason why your AC could be emitting strange odors. Sometimes it’s the wiring while other times it could be trapped dead animals. Getting a tune up can clean out any funky gunk to eliminate bad smells.
Surge in your energy bill
No one likes a surprise spike in their utility bill. Keep in mind that your bill may increase from spring to summer. That’s mainly because the difference between the outside temperature and the temperature set on your thermostat isn’t as big in the spring. But in the summer, if you set your thermostat to 73 degrees when it’s 93 degrees outside, that’s going to take a little more energy. The problem comes when your electricity bill is a lot higher than it has been in previous summers.
Strange sounds coming from AC unit
There’s the normal sound that comes with a running air conditioner, then there’s the clunking, banging, hissing, or whistling sounds that aren’t normal. Don’t just brush sounds off or hope they resolve themselves. If unnatural noises keep going, they could do some real damage to your HVAC unit, and a repair (or replacement) may end up being the only option.
Get your AC tune up from our technicians at Santa Fe Air
If you’re not sure where to go for your air conditioner tune up in Kansas City, don’t worry! At Santa Fe Air, we pride ourselves on knowing all things heating, cooling, and electrical. We’re the best HVAC company in Kansas City, and we help people in the KC and Johnson County areas get the most out of their heating and cooling systems.
We never half do our tune ups or rush through the process. That way, our customers receive pristine service each and every time. No matter the HVAC system, our team can get the job done right the first time so you can stay cool and refreshed this summer.