Nearly 90% of American households have some sort of air conditioning system. Yet many of those people will go years without practicing proper air conditioning maintenance. This neglection can lead to a variety of costly and, quite literally, uncomfortable issues.
Having your HVAC system regularly tuned up is the best way to ensure that you’ll stay comfortable throughout the year and that your energy bills will remain low.
But what does an air conditioner tune-up actually entail? Read on, and we will walk you through everything you need to know.
How Long Does an Air Conditioner Tune-Up Last?
On average, an air conditioner tune-up is going to take around an hour to complete. This is assuming that there are no major issues happening with your system.
By practicing preventative maintenance, you can ensure a quick and productive HVAC check-up. If you have multiple units or systems in your household, it may take longer for the tune-up to be completed. It is rare that a service visit lasts longer than two hours.
What Happens During an HVAC Service Visit?
Your HVAC technician is likely to do a combination of operation checks and preventative maintenance. They will most likely make sure that your condensate drain isn’t blocked, clean your indoor coils, and check that the air temperatures that your system is generating are all within an acceptable range.
Your technician should also rinse your outdoor unit, change the air filter, and check for any problems. If there is an issue, they will advise you on what to do.
If the issue is not a major one, it can most likely be fixed during the visit. Bigger problems may require a separate service appointment as parts may need to be ordered and replaced.
Preparing for Your HVAC Service Visit
There are several things that you can do to create optimal conditions for a quick and effective tune-up. First, you should clear the path to your HVAC system. Your HVAC technician may be bringing some large tools and equipment with them and it’s going to make it easier on everyone if they can easily access your system.
Also, move any large boxes and other items that may be blocking your HVAC. Waiting for your technician to arrive will simply slow everything down. This goes for outdoor systems as well. It’s best to have any trees close to the system neatly trimmed.
The Importance of an Air Conditioner Tune-Up
By getting regular air conditioner tune-ups, you will more likely be able to avoid costly repairs. Plus, you can end up saving 15% on your energy bill just by having a properly running HVAC system.
Having an air conditioner is similar to having a car. It needs to be regularly maintained and tested so that it doesn’t break down.
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