The weather is growing warm in most parts of the U.S. It’s about the time of year when many homeowners will start to turn their A/Cs on. With even warmer temperatures just around the corner, you’ll want to make sure your air conditioner is working as efficiently as possible.
Depending on where you live, you probably haven’t used your air conditioner for a few months. While your unit has been sitting, it has likely collected dirt and dust. Your outdoor condenser unit was exposed to weather, and is probably in need of some TLC.
Beyond that, when your air conditioner ran last summer, some of the internal components may have loosened.
According to Energy Star, “Dirt and neglect are the top causes of heating and cooling system efficiency and failure.”
In Energy Star’s official heating and cooling guide, they suggest that air conditioners be tuned-up by a qualified technician in the spring, before contractors get too busy in the summer.
Here are four reasons to get a tune-up for your air conditioning system.
1. A tune-up can increase the efficiency of your unit
Over time, your air conditioning unit collects dust and debris. The condenser coils in your outdoor unit are exposed to weather, and can become filled with leaves, grass, dirt, and dust. Sometimes, plants can even grow into your unit. All of this natural debris and buildup can prevent the unit from receiving proper airflow.
It isn’t just the coils that collect dust and debris. Your condensate drain could be clogged, which can lead to the inability of your system to control humidity.
In fact, according to Energy Star, a clogged condensate drain “can cause water damage in the house, affect indoor humidity levels, and breed bacteria and mold.”
Tune-ups can also lubricate the motors in your system to keep them moving smoothly, check refrigerant levels, and check system pressures.
2. A tune-up can decrease your cooling cost
If your air conditioner isn’t running efficiently, it is likely running longer. Your A/C unit will need to run for extended periods of time to get your home to the desired temperature, which means that you’re using more electricity.
Even replacing the filters frequently can result in a cost-savings.
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, replacing or cleaning your air filters can lower your energy consumption by 5-15 percent.
An A/C tune-up can get your unit running more efficiently, which allows it to cool your house faster.
3. A tune-up can extend the life of your unit
Getting an annual A/C tune-up can lead to fewer repairs, which prolongs the life of your unit. Most air conditioning units state that they will last between 12 and 15 years, but that’s only if they are properly maintained.
4. Maintenance is less costly than repairs
Tune-ups don’t prevent all A/C problems from occurring. However, proper maintenance of your air conditioner can keep much of your A/C in working condition for years to come.
According to HomeAdvisor, “most air conditioner repairs cost between $163 and $534 with most homeowners reporting that they spend about $347.”
HomeAdvisor further breaks down the cost of common A/C repairs, such as evaporator coil replacements at $650-$1200.
Getting a tune-up for your A/C unit can prevent you from having to spend hundreds or even thousands of dollars on preventative repairs.
One of the benefits of a home warranty is for the applicable $65 service call fee on a homeowner’s coverage, Freedom Home Warranty can send a contractor out to perform a tune-up on your HVAC to ensure that it is in good working order.
You can schedule your A/C tune-up by clicking on Request Service in our website’s menu or by calling 888-495-2249.