WHAT IS AN HVAC TUNE UP?
SEP 01, 2017
You have likely heard that HVAC tune ups are important, and most homeowners know at some level that it is something they are “supposed” to do. But for many people, it is easy to delay the HVAC tune up on their home maintenance checklist because they do not totally understand what it consists of and because, hey, out of sight, out of mind (until you have an unexpected HVAC breakdown). In this article, we will explain some of the key elements you should expect from an HVAC tune up is and why it is necessary.
HVAC TUNE UP EXPLAINED
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF AN HVAC TUNE UP?
An HVAC tune up gives homeowners the benefits of an HVAC system that is working optimally. In the summer, that means that their home is cool and comfortable, the machine is working as energy efficiently as possible and that homeowners will have the peace of mind that comes with knowing that such a critical (and expensive) system in their home is in good working order and that they have taken the necessary steps to ensure that they will not be faced with a costly repair or warm summer days without the benefit of air conditioning.
HOW OFTEN SHOULD I GET AN HVAC TUNE UP?
You likely already know that you need to change your air filters regularly to maintain the air quality in your home and the proper functioning of your HVAC system. But good home maintenance dictates that your HVAC system also go through a more thorough HVAC tune up, ideally twice per year (at the beginning and end of the air conditioning season). Think of an HVAC tune up the same way you would your regular dental checkups or health physicals. An HVAC tune up is conducted to ensure that everything is working properly and to address any issues before they turn into large, expensive repairs or even a breakdown so bad that an HVAC system needs to be replaced. When a professional technician conducts your HVAC tune up, there are numerous things they will be checking and looking for simultaneously.
WHAT HAPPENS DURING AN HVAC TUNE UP?
Condenser coils cleaned
In the most simple terms, your air conditioner’s condenser coils are responsible for moving warm air from your home to the outside. Here in the Phoenix area, condenser coils are typically located in the outside air handling unit, making them especially susceptible to dirt, debris and dust that can interfere with their proper function. The most immediate effect of dirty condenser coils is an inefficiency in your unit, making your utility bills skyrocket and your air conditioner working that much harder. While it is not a bad idea to make a habit of dusting of the condenser coils yourself in between HVAC tune ups, a professional will thoroughly clean the condenser coils as part of their intensive maintenance tasks completed during their HVAC tune up.
LUBRICATION OF MOVING PARTS
Lubrication is one of the most critical parts of an HVAC tune up. In addition to reducing friction and heat build up to improve the energy efficiency of your air conditioner, properly done, applying oil where needed is effective at avoiding especially expensive and inconvenient air conditioner breakdowns. In fact, issues with the motors are the anecdotally (in our decades worth of experience) the most commons reasons people end up needing air conditioner repairs or replacement.
During and HVAC tune up, while the motors are being evaluated and lubricated, a technician will also assess the condition of the belts on belt driven motors. If a belt is suffering from wear and tear, it is a simple replacement that will go a long way toward preventing potential HVAC trouble and more complicated repairs in the future.
COOLANT LEVELS CHECK
Checking the coolant levels during your HVAC tune up serves multiple purposes. In addition to the obvious, allowing the professional the chance to add coolant if necessary, it will also tip off the technician if there is a potential leak in pressure ports, tubing or connections. If there is indeed a leak, it must be repaired properly to ensure the efficient and continued functioning of your HVAC system.
AMP DRAWER CHECK
Anyone who has ever had to pay their electric bill after an especially warm Arizona summer knows all too well the important role electricity plays in air conditioning. In addition to the other steps of an HVAC tune up, a check of the amp drawer is critical to making sure that the HVAC system is working efficiently, eliminating unnecessary energy consumption and lowering your utility bills while maintaining the well being of the air conditioning unit. During your HVAC tune up, a technician will use a special instrument to check that all electrical components of your system — big and small — are working correctly.
This is by no means a comprehensive list of all of the things a technician will be doing and checking for over the course of your HVAC tune up, but hopefully it is enough to give you a good idea of the types of issues that can be addressed and the importance of regular HVAC tune ups to the life of your HVAC system.
When selecting a company to conduct your HVAC tune up, we would be honored to be considered. We have excellent reviews, are accredited by the Better Business Bureau and all of our work is guaranteed. When calling to schedule your appointment, be sure to let us know if you have any particular concerns regarding your HVAC system, but rest assured, if there is a problem to be found, we will get the job done.