On really hot days, you probably rely on your home's central air conditioning system to keep you cool; and as long as it's working properly, it will probably do the job well. If you want to make sure that your system works properly and efficiently on every hot day, it might be wise to schedule a central air conditioner tune-up at the start of each summer.

What Is An AC Tune-Up?

An AC tune-up is a service provided by HVAC companies that is designed to keep a system in good, working condition. It is not something you should wait to get until your system stops working. Instead, it is something you should plan to get simply to keep your system running properly.

What Does It Include?

A typical AC tune-up will include a number of different steps, and here are some of the steps that might be included in your AC tune-up:

  • Inspect, test, and calibrate the thermostats in your home
  • Clean and replace the air filter in the system
  • Examine and test the blower motor fan and its parts
  • Clean the condenser and all other parts of the system
  • Test all the electrical components
  • Measure airflow
  • Check the coolant level and refill if necessary

The HVAC technician should inspect every part of your system and should clean each part as well. If he or she finds parts that are not working or that are about to fail, the parts should be replaced. A typical AC tune-up costs around $80 to $100, on average, but it will cost more if you need to have parts replaced.

Why Should You Get One Annually?

If you want to avoid AC outages, you will have a better chance of doing this if you maintain your system, and getting it checked and cleaned each year is a great way to do this. It's also important to realize that if you keep your system cleaned and maintained, it is likely to last longer and operate more efficiently. The money you spend on the tune-up will be well worth it in the long run, and you most likely will encounter fewer problems with your system that require calling an HVAC company to your home.

If you have never had a tune-up completed on your central AC system, now is a good time to start. You can schedule an appointment to have this done by calling an HVAC company near you.