What is an Air Conditioner Tune Up?

If you are a new homeowner or if you have recently installed central air conditioning, you may not be aware of the fact that your AC system requires regular, routine tuning and service. Your air conditioner should be maintained each year with a professional inspection and tune up by a qualified HVAC technician. Some homeowners may not know just how important routine maintenance can be for sustaining their equipment and keeping their energy costs down. Any skilled HVAC tech will advise of the importance of annual routine service. In fact, failure to maintain the equipment is usually a major contributing factor in HVAC breakdowns, according to heating and air conditioning experts.

Air Conditioner Inspection and Tune Up

Annual preventative maintenance for your air conditioner includes an thorough inspection of the HVAC equipment and related systems. Routine service also includes a tune up of the AC equipment. The tech performs a series of tasks, including:

Inspection and Cleaning the Drainage System

The technician inspects and cleans your AC unit’s condensate drain and tray. During a hot day, your AC system can extract as much as 10 gallons of moisture from the air. The drain line and tray must be clean and operational in order to move the water safely from the home.

Check and Replace Belts, Nuts, Bolts

Over time, the belts in your AC unit wear and become frayed. The technician will replace worn belts, and will tighten and replace any nuts and bolts.

Lubricate and Check Moving Parts

One of the most important components of the AC system is the fan’s blower motor. The technician checks and lubricates the blower motor during a system tune.

Check Airflow

The technician will assess the flow of air to and from your system. The tech will check the air filter, and will change the filter, if necessary. He or she will inspect the airflow at the intake registers an vents.

Ductwork and Ventilation

The tech will inspect the ventilation system and ductwork for areas that may be leaking conditioned air.

Check and Clean Cooling Coils

Dirty cooling coils tax the system and cause the unit to work harder and use more energy than necessary to keep the home cool. The tech will inspect and clean the cooling coils to improve the system’s efficiency and performance.

Check and Calibrate Thermostat

The technician will check the thermostat to ensure the device is operating properly. If you have a programmable device, the tech will program the thermometer for you if you ask.

In addition to tuning your equipment, a maintenance visit allows the tech to check your system for damaged or worn parts, enabling you to replace the parts before a major repair is necessary.

Benefits of Routine Service

Regularly maintaining your system will keep your equipment performing well throughout its lifecycle and minimize the chances of unexpected breakdowns. Call WA Air Conditioning to schedule your annual routine AC service. We service Huntsville, TX, and surrounding areas.


April 26, 2013 9:09 pm