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When Should I Schedule an AC Tune-Up?

Posted On: February 12, 2015

Air conditioning is the key to home comfort during the summer—especially during the hot, humid summer days common to Scranton and Wilkes-Barre. So, is your AC working at its peak performance levels? If you haven’t scheduled an air conditioner tune-up lately, it probably isn’t working as efficiently as it could.

The Best Time for an AC Tune-Up

Spring is the ideal season an air conditioner inspection. The brunt of winter is behind you and warmer weather is swiftly approaching. A springtime tune-up prepares your air conditioner for a summer of efficient operation and a comfortable interior no matter how hot it is outdoors.

Signs Your AC Needs a Tune-Up

All homeowners should make yearly tune-ups a priority. Failure to do so could lead to these problems:

  • High operational costs: A clogged filter, dirty components, improper refrigerant charge and other problems lead to high air conditioning costs.
  • Ineffective operation: Your AC might run constantly yet fail to keep the interior comfortable.
  • Strange smells: Musty or moldy odors could indicate a water leak or ductwork littered with debris.
  • Noisy operation: Listen for odd squeaking, squealing, clanking or other sounds that could indicate the system is having a problem.

Benefits of AC Tune-Ups

Are routine visits from a professional all that important? It is if you want to enjoy these benefits:

  • More efficient operation: Tasks such as lubricating moving parts, recharging the refrigerant and cleaning the evaporator coil help your air conditioner function more efficiently. Better efficiency means lower utility bills and a smaller environmental impact when cooling your home.
  • Longer lifespan: The same way a car lasts longer if you always change the oil on time, routine maintenance helps prolong your air conditioner’s lifespan.
  • Fewer mid-season breakdowns: As fate would have it, your air conditioner is most likely to fail on the hottest afternoon when you need it most. Reduce the change of failure on a sweltering summer day by scheduling maintenance before a heat wave rolls in.
  • Cleaner indoor air: Changing the filter helps improve indoor air quality, as does searching for and sealing up ductwork leaks. Both tasks are part of AC tune-ups, so take advantage of them for cleaner indoor air.
  • Quieter operation: With loose joints tightened and grinding motors lubricated, your AC runs quietly in the background following a tune-up.

Schedule AC Tune-Up in Scranton or Wilkes-Barre, PA

If it’s been over a year since you tuned up your air conditioner, don’t put it off another season. Contact T.E. Spall & Son to schedule an AC tune-up this spring. We have been Scranton’s Comfort Doctors since 1985!

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