Check-Up Checklist: What Should Every AC Check-Up Include?

We keep an eye on our bank accounts to ensure we’re in the right place financially, we change the tires on our vehicles when they hit mileage recommendations, and we head to the doctor every year for an annual check-up. Why wouldn’t we do the same for our HVAC systems? 

We don’t often think about our heating and cooling units — until they stop working and we’re stuck with an HVAC emergency. Did you know that scheduling regular maintenance for your AC could help you keep your system running properly and avoid emergencies? 

The Benefits of Regular HVAC Maintenance

Regular maintenance appointments may seem like an added cost, but in reality, they can save you lots of money over the years. Tune-ups have been proven to: 

  • Extend the lifespan of your HVAC system
  • Lower the likelihood of an unexpected system failure
  • Improve the efficiency of your unit
  • Catch minor issues before they turn into major (and often costly) repairs

HVAC units work hardest in the hot days of summer and cold nights of winter, so it’s best to schedule your tune-ups in the spring or fall. These are also the best times of year to upgrade your system! We recommend two appointments for maintenance each year — one for your heating system and one for your air conditioner — to ensure your home is ready for the extreme temperatures in the coming months.

Everything You Need to Know About Your Next AC Check-Up

If you’ve never had an AC tune-up, you might wonder what to expect. Typical appointments take about an hour, but plan for extra time, in case repairs are necessary or your unit needs refrigerant.

Your AC tune-up will vary in cost depending on how long it’s been since your last appointment, the model of your unit, the complexity of your system, and your maintenance company. Many HVAC businesses offer preventive maintenance plans for a low monthly cost, which typically include two annual maintenance appointments along with other perks. 

Top 10: Your HVAC Tune-Up Checklist Essentials

Want to ensure you’re getting the most out of your HVAC maintenance appointment? Select a heating and cooling company that hits the “top 10” specifically for air conditioning maintenance. 

  1. Replace your air filters. 

This is a simple task that many homeowners forget about — but clean filters are an essential part of HVAC maintenance! Replacing your filters monthly will improve the efficiency of your heating and cooling system and keep things clean and debris-free. 

  1. Inspect your indoor and outdoor units. 

Most heating and cooling systems consist of multiple components. Your outdoor unit is likely situated just outside your home, while your indoor unit is probably tucked away in a basement or utility closet. 

Both of these components require regular inspection to make sure everything is running properly. These checks have the potential to save you thousands of dollars by finding minor repairs before they become major headaches. 

  1. Check the amp draw on your compressor and fans. 

Amperage is a unit of measurement that tells you how much electricity your HVAC unit uses. Your maintenance technician will check the amperage levels of your compressor, fan and blower motor. Then, they’ll compare them to the manufacturer-suggested amperage. If there’s a significant difference, you may need additional maintenance to get those parts running well again. 

  1. Make necessary belt adjustments. 

AC belts are a simple, but important part of any unit. If your belt is too loose or tight, it can reduce the power of your HVAC system and cause other problems over time. During your tune-up, your technician will adjust the belt for optimal performance if necessary. 

  1. Check fluid levels. 

Refrigerant is the substance that cools the air in your HVAC unit. If your system is running without blowing cold air, or you hear a hissing or ticking sound from your outdoor unit, you may be low on refrigerant. 

Your technician should check the refrigerant fluid levels during every maintenance appointment, even if you have not experienced these warning signs. Adding refrigerant to your system typically incurs an extra fee, but it’s well worth the cost to save you from higher bills later on. 

  1. Clean coils. 

HVAC systems have two coils: an evaporator coil and a condenser coil. Both of them are essential for your system to run properly. Dirty coils can reduce your system’s efficiency, cause your unit to overheat, or put extra strain on other areas of your system. Your technician will know how to clean each coil properly to keep things in top shape. 

  1. Check the oil fan motor.

We all know the importance of a fan when it comes to cooling things down! Your HVAC technician will make sure that the fan motor is working as it should during your appointment. 

  1. Inspect the refrigerant and drain lines. 

If your refrigerant or drain lines are damaged, leaking, or loosely connected to other necessary components, you could face major HVAC repairs down the road. During your tune-up, your technician will inspect both lines, patching or cleaning them if required. 

  1. Alert you to any needed repairs. 

If your technician finds any problems during the tune-up, they should let you know about needed repairs – along with the estimated cost of those repairs. Sometimes, you can opt for same-day service and fix the issues while your technician is at your home. Other times, their schedule may not allow for immediate repairs, or you may have to wait on a part replacement. Either way, being proactive about repairs is the best way to save you from an unexpected emergency. 

  1. Answer your HVAC questions. 

If you have questions about your current system, now is a great time to ask! Choose an HVAC company with great customer service and trustworthy advice, and you’ll always have a reliable expert to check in with if questions or concerns come up. 

Schedule Your Atlanta-Area AC Tune-Up Today

No matter what time of year it is, you can benefit from an HVAC maintenance appointment. And at Comfort Solutions, you’ll find a people-first heating and cooling company that wants to provide excellent customer service and top-quality maintenance. Schedule your HVAC tune-up with us, and you’ll get transparent pricing, efficient service, and a trusted partner for all your heating and cooling needs. 

Better yet, join the Comfort Club to schedule your annual maintenance appointments for free! Our preventative maintenance plans start at just $13/month, and you’ll get plenty of perks, like: 

  • $0 service fees for diagnostic visits – even on weekends!
  • Two $0 scheduled tune-ups each year 
  • Priority scheduling when you need service
  • Up to 15% off repairs
  • Extended warranties for parts and labor

Don’t wait to take care of your HVAC unit — it’ll keep you comfortable in your home for years to come. Join the Comfort Club today and discover the Comfort Solutions difference!