As springtime approaches and the weather brings more warm days than cool ones, you may consider using your air conditioning for the first time. Whether your air conditioning fires up without a hitch or hits a few snags along the way, it’s important to schedule an air conditioning tune up to make sure your air conditioning runs smoothly all summer long.
Boulden Brothers goes above and beyond a typical tune-up. Read more about the benefits of an AC tune-up and our unique process below.
Why Schedule an AC Tune-Up?
Even if your air conditioning seems to be running fine, or it has been running fine for years, a yearly AC tune-up is highly beneficial for any AC unit. Just like your vehicle needs regular oil changes and maintenance to keep it in peak condition, so does your air conditioning unit. We highly recommend making your yearly tune-up appointment as early as possible in the season, as most AC companies’ schedules can get busier as summer progresses.
Avoiding an AC tune-up can lead to environmental discomfort within the home, leaky ducts, and even hazardous refrigerant leaks which can lead to upwards of $1,700 in damages. The longer you wait between services, the less efficient your unit will become and the more potential problems you may face. Don’t wait until there is an emergency to service your AC unit. Get it done today and have peace of mind through the whole summer season.
Here are five great reasons you won’t want to skip your AC tune-up this year.
Increase AC Efficiency, Decrease Cooling Costs
Your outdoor air conditioning unit has surely weathered a lot in the past few months in the form of leaves, dirt, and other debris. Clearing these air flow barriers and cleaning the coils from any accumulated dirt can help your unit remain as efficient as possible when cooling your home. Removing clogs from the condenser drain, lubricating moving parts, and cleaning the blower also help to maintain the efficiency of your unit.
All of these small efficiencies add up and can make a big impact on your energy costs throughout the season. A professional will properly inspect and clean these internal parts to make sure nothing is missed and everything is in working order to help your unit operate as efficiently as possible. Not only will you save money on your energy bill, but the comfort levels of your home will improve as well.
Help AC Unit Last Longer with Regular Maintenance
Regular maintenance on any machine helps it last longer, including with AC units. Neglect can shorten its lifespan not only because parts wear out over time, but also because neglect can lead to more intense repair needs as time goes on. The more often you keep the moving parts inside your air conditioning unit maintained, the less often they will break down and cause other bigger problems.
No Tune-Up Can Void Warranty
Many popular air conditioning unit manufacturers include warranties with their products, but only if they are properly maintained by a professional will they uphold the agreement in the warranty. Typically, these companies will require documented yearly maintenance. You can find the requirements in the policy that came with your unit under a section labeled “Exclusions” or “Eligibility Requirements”.
This stipulation can be a win-win for the company, as properly maintained units are less likely to experience problems before the warranty expires. However, having a yearly check will ensure that you will be covered in the event something does go wrong during the warranty window.
Avoid Costly Repairs
Again, regular maintenance on your AC unit helps you avoid larger problems down the road. While everything may seem fine with your unit now, a professional will be able to spot potential problems during the tune-up and fix them before they become costly repairs later on. Since maintenance is typically cheaper than air conditioning repair, you will be saving yourself money in the long run by scheduling yearly check-ups on your AC unit.
Catch Small Problems Before They Become Emergencies
When you schedule an annual tune-up in the spring, you will have the advantage of taking care of a potential issue before it causes a break-down in the middle of a heat wave and when AC companies are their busiest. Instead of being at the mercy of the weather and repair wait times, you can avoid potential air conditioning emergencies by regularly maintaining your unit and spotting issues before they cause a break-down.
What Can You Expect from a Boulden Brothers AC Tune-Up?
When you search for “AC maintenance near me”, you no doubt have many options to choose from. At Boulden Brothers, we are more thorough in our tune-ups than most companies. In fact, we have a 48 point process when it comes to assessing your air conditioning system.
We don’t just stop at the unit itself, but also check the ducts, thermostat calibrations, filters, smoke detectors, and more to cover all the possible bases. With our “Bouldenizations”, your unit has a better chance of providing you ultimate comfort in the short term and increasing its lifespan in the long term. For your AC tune-up, you can expect us to:
- Gauge the air flow
- Inspect and clean blower components
- Check electrical connections and replace worn wires
- Inspect oil levels
- Inspect refrigerant levels and lines, refill if needed
- Evaluate area surrounding unit, clear of debris if needed
- Examine and clean evaporator and condenser coils
- Lubricate moving parts
- Examine and clean condensate drain
- Replace air filters
- Check state of ducts and their connections
- Calibrate thermostat
- Ensure system function and starter capabilities
- Inspect smoke detectors
- And more…
Our trained, screened, experienced, and professional technicians are ready to thoroughly inspect every component of your air conditioning unit and supporting systems to prepare your home for the heat of summer. If repairs are suggested or strongly recommended, our technicians will walk you through your options to ensure you can make an informed decision regarding your AC unit. Don’t just get a run-of-the-mill tune-up for your AC unit this spring, Bouldenize it instead.
What is the Difference Between AC Tune-Up and AC Inspection/Service?
While an AC tune-up is aimed at preventing problems, an AC service (sometimes called an inspection) is to determine the cause of a problem once one arises. When your AC is not cooling your home as it used to or simply isn’t working at all, an inspector can come examine your unit and find a solution to the problem. There are many reasons why an AC unit stops working. A few of these reasons are explained below.
AC Not Turning On. If your AC simply isn’t turning on, the solution could be as simple as switching a flipped breaker. This issue could also be due to faulty wiring. If the unit is turning on, but there is no air flow into the home, you may need to replace the blower belt or empty the condensate pump reservoir.
AC Not Cooling. Whether your AC is blowing hot air or just not cooling your home enough, this issue can be infuriating for a home owner and can be caused from a number of issues. Once you replace the air filter and remove any debris that could be blocking the unit outside, the next step is to check internal parts. The coils may be too dirty or iced over to work efficiently, the condensate drain could have a block, or the refrigerant levels could be too low. Sometimes it is simply too hot outside to cool the house to your personal comfort levels. Typically, air conditioning units can cool a home to 20 degrees lower than the temperature outside.
The AC Unit is Leaking. Leaks from an AC unit are always concerning. A refrigerant line or condensation drain pipe could have sprung a leak, which means you need to repair the line immediately. A professional can help safely repair these lines so you aren’t exposed to any hazardous materials such as Freon.
Unit Makes Strange Noises. Clanking, grinding, and popping are not normal sounds for an AC unit. Most of the time, these noises signal that a part is wearing out and needs replacing sooner rather than later. A professional AC service technician can quickly find the culprit and return your unit to optimal function once again.
Regular servicing can help you avoid these problems before they become emergencies. However, if you do experience any of these or other problems with your unit, you can call us at Boulden Brothers to help you find a solution.