What’s Included in an AC Tune-Up?

Unless you’ve watched a technician perform an air conditioner tune-up, you probably are not quite sure what takes place. Is it just an inspection? Is it something you can DIY? The truth is that an AC tune-up involves perhaps dozens of small but important tasks.

One HVAC company might include different items in their AC tune-up checklist than another. We can tell you what we include at Priced Right Heating and Cooling for our AC tune-ups in the Olathe and Overland Park area.

What Does an AC Tune-Up Do?

Maintenance needs can vary by make and model, as well as the age and condition of your air conditioner. The general purpose of an AC tune-up includes:

  • Visual inspection
  • Cleaning
  • Adjusting
  • Lubricating
  • Testing
  • Optimizing

In other words, you need a licensed and experienced HVAC technician to perform AC maintenance because we know what to look for and how to test a cooling system in ways that aren’t obvious to the naked eye.

Our AC Tune-Up Checklist

Here’s a rundown of what’s included in your AC tune-up, at a minimum:

Air Filters: We’ll install your replacement filter or clean a reusable filter.

Coils: We clean the condenser coil and compressor coils for better efficiency, cleaner air quality, and preventative care.

Electrical parts: We check and tighten electrical connections as needed.

Motor parts: We properly lubricate the motor bearings and other moving parts, and adjust the fan blades.

Condensate drain: We flush the AC drain line and align everything so you don’t get messy leaks or a frozen AC later.

System evaluation: We use diagnostics tools and our deep base of human knowledge to check the refrigerant levels, air flow, blower components, amperage, superheat and subcooling, temperature drop, and more.

Thermostat: We’ll adjust the thermostat and replace an old battery as needed.

Our heat pump tune-up looks very similar. Checking for refrigerant loss and cleaning the coils are always the most important parts of your cooling system maintenance.

Do You Need an AC Tune-Up Every Year?

Yes! This is your convenient opportunity to take care of a cooling system during a short, affordable service call rather than waiting for an emergency repair later this summer. But it’s not just about preventative maintenance.

Air conditioners can lose up to 15% efficiency due to reduced air flow alone, according to ENERGY STAR®.  Dirty coils, leaky ducts, or a clogged blower motor can make things even worse. AC tune-ups keep your system running at peak energy efficiency and with the best indoor air quality.

If it’s been a year or longer since your last AC tune-up, schedule AC maintenance in Overland Park today. You can also sign up for an HVAC maintenance plan to get your cooling system maintenance now and your heating tune-up this fall.