Regular AC tune ups are one of those things many people wonder if they’re really necessary. Well, we’re here to tell you that they are.
You don’t need to have someone come out every other month. But getting your unit checked out a couple times a year can be beneficial in a variety of ways. We suggest scheduling one tune up in the spring, and one in the fall. These bi-yearly maintenance checks can help fix small problems before they turn into big ones and extend the life of your system.
There are a few reasons why you should stay on top of your AC maintenance, and why spring and fall are optimal times to do so.
Extend the Life of Your Unit
Maintaining an AC unit is like maintaining a car. It can be a pain to do, but we all know getting the oil changed and rotating the tires will help the car have a longer lifespan. Anyone with an AC unit should look at it in this same light. It’s an investment.
During routine maintenance, HVAC professionals will clean the condenser coil, make sure the unit is clean and free from debris, check for leaks, and check the overall functionality. A well-maintained unit can last, on average, between 12-15 years, compared to an ignored unit that may only last seven years. That means you could be spending anywhere from $6,000 – $12,000 for a new unit (pending seer and size) eight years sooner than necessary if you don’t maintain your AC system.
So why do we recommend scheduling these checks in the spring and fall? A few reasons.
Summer and Winter Take a Toll on Systems
The summer and winter months can be rough on your HVAC unit. So, scheduling maintenance check ups in the between seasons – spring and fall – can be beneficial.
In the spring, you’re checking for any needed repairs after those long winter months. You’re also making sure your unit is in tip-top shape before the hot summer months begin. On the other side, with a fall tune up you’re repairing any damage from the hot summer months and preparing for the cold winter months to come.
By having a professional check in on your unit a couple times a year and keeping it in the best shape possible, you’ll also end up saving yourself money in the long run. The sooner you find and fix an issue, the less expensive it will be to do so. Also, a cleaned up unit will run more efficiently and save you money on your monthly utility bills.
It’s the Off Season for Technicians
Typically, no matter where you live in the country, spring and fall weather is more mild than summer and winter. This means less emergency calls for technicians. While it can be hard to schedule a visit in those hot and cold months, technicians often have much more flexibility with their time for tune ups and check ins during spring and fall. Not only will scheduling appointments now be faster for you, it will also help prevent needing emergency service in the summer or winter.
According to Google Trends, the top two related searches for “AC tune up” are “AC tune up specials” and “AC tune up cost.” People know they should have their unit looked at, but don’t want to spend the money. This is another reason spring and fall are great times for tune ups.
This goes along with technicians having more availability during these seasons. Since it’s a down time, companies will often run specials and promotions. Even if your unit doesn’t need a repair right this minute, scheduling one now may be cheaper than waiting until it absolutely does need one. It can also extend the total lifespan of your unit if you get it regularly tuned up, saving you from spending money on a whole new system.
We know it can be a pain to schedule a maintenance check for your AC unit, especially if you feel it doesn’t need one yet. However, in the long run it’s always better to be proactive. By letting a technician check on your unit a couple times a year – in between the harsher seasons – you’re setting yourself and your HVAC up for success and savings.
At TemperaturePro, we offer the Total Comfort Maintenance Membership. This is a great option to be proactive and keep your unit running smoothly. The membership fee includes several inspections of your heating and cooling system every year (varies by location and plan). The membership includes free leak checks, discounted replacement parts and no after-hours charges!
Contact us today for a price quote, or to schedule a visit with one of our HVAC professionals!