Are AC and Furnace Tune Ups Worth It?
January 10, 2018
The short answer? Yes.
The longer answer? Air conditioner and furnace tune-ups aren’t absolutely necessary. But it’s too risky not to invest in regular tune ups.
Why? Well, when you don’t keep your AC and furnace regularly maintained, you risk:
- Voiding your warranty
- Premature AC/furnace failure
- Paying for frequent (expensive) repairs
- Getting unreasonably high energy bills
Let’s take a closer look at how AC and furnace tune-ups prevent the 4 problems above.
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What you risk when you don’t get an AC or furnace tune-up:
1. Voiding your HVAC warranty.
Here’s an excerpt straight from Carrier’s website:
Regardless of your AC/furnace manufacturer, you can expect to see similar verbiage detailing how skipping annual maintenance results in voiding your warranty.
So is it really a big deal to void your AC and furnace’s warranty? Yes.
A voided warranty means that when you encounter any HVAC repair, replacement parts won’t be covered under warranty. And, depending on the piece that needs replacing, a voided warranty can cost you anywhere from $150 to over $3,000 per repair.
Bottom line? To keep your HVAC warranty valid, get an AC tune-up and a furnace tune-up every year. But make sure that the professional you choose for your tune-up is a licensed professional.
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2. Premature HVAC failure.
Most HVAC systems last anywhere from 10 to 15+ years. The bad news is that, without regular tune-ups, your system will most likely die much sooner than that.
Why? Well, during a maintenance or tune-up visit, HVAC techs are trained to spot problems with your unit before they occur and prevent them from becoming major (and expensive) issues. This can add years to your unit’s lifespan.
In other words, getting annual tune-ups for both your AC and furnace can prevent that $5,700+ furnace/AC replacement bill from hitting you earlier than it should.
3. Paying for frequent repairs.
Having a professional inspect and tune up your HVAC systems means that they prevent pricey repairs from ever happening.
For example, one thing an HVAC tech should do during a normal AC tune-up is inspect and clean your AC’s evaporator and condenser coils. This alone prevents multiple expensive repairs such as:
- Worn out blower motor: a $300-$600 repair
- Refrigerant leaks: a $500 to $2,000+ repair
- Frozen evaporator coils: a $300 to $1,200+ repair
As you can see, getting annual tune-ups can prevent a whole host of expensive repairs.
4. Getting unreasonably high energy bills.
According to Energy.gov, combining annual HVAC maintenance with standard periodic upgrades, you can save up to 30% on your energy bills.
But that also works in reverse. Meaning, when you skip annual tune-ups, you’re probably paying 30% more than you could be.
So how exactly does one AC/furnace tune-up save you that much money? Well, an HVAC tech should perform quite a few tasks during a tune-up that will cut down on electricity use, including:
- Changing a dirty filter—which can lower energy bills by 15%
- Checking refrigerant levels
- Cleaning out a dirty blower motor
- Cleaning evaporator and condenser coils
- Lubricating all moving parts
Here’s a full list of what an HVAC tech should perform during a tune-up.