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5 Signs It's Time for an Air Conditioner Tune-Up

Everyone’s heard the old saying, “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” While this is a good short-term strategy for saving money, it doesn’t speak to the importance of preventative maintenance. Air conditioners are expensive machines that require occasional maintenance just like any other machine. The idea behind preventative maintenance is that if you take good care of something, it will take good care of you. Here at Paul’s we believe that if you take good care of your air conditioner, it will last longer and you will avoid having it break down during the hottest days of summer.

Do any of the scenarios below apply to you? If so, you should strongly consider scheduling an air conditioner tune-up.

1. You can’t remember the last time you changed the air filter Replacing the air filter in your air conditioner once a month during cooling season is the best way to maintain your air conditioner. It may not seem like a big deal, but the truth is that a dirty air filter can seriously impair the functionality of your air conditioner. Over time, dirt and debris clog the air filter, inhibiting air flow and forcing the motor to work harder to push air through. Putting this kind of stress on your air conditioner can cause serious issues that may require expensive repairs.

If you can’t remember the last time you changed the air filter, chances are that you’ve been putting a lot of stress on your air conditioner. An air conditioner is not a machine that you can “set and forget.” If you haven’t been changing the air filter, you have no doubt been causing damage, and should schedule an air conditioner tune-up before you run your A/C continuously.

2. You didn’t get your air conditioner tuned-up last year

When’s the last time an HVAC professional came out to repair or tune-up your air conditioner? If your answer is “never,” “I can’t remember,” or “more than a year ago,” it’s time to schedule a professional tune-up. Like a car, your air conditioner requires occasional maintenance for optimal performance. Worn out parts must be replaced, fluid levels should be checked, and the air conditioner should be cleaned of the dust and debris that accumulate over time. If you didn’t get your air conditioner tuned-up last year, it’s not wise to put off maintenance for another full year. Don’t let your impulse to procrastinate damage the most expensive appliance in your home. Pick up the phone and schedule an air conditioner tune-up!

3. It’s spring time! The days are getting longer and the sun is starting to feel HOT! It’s a great time to turn off your furnace and open up your windows for a breath of fresh air. Soon, however, it will be too hot to keep your windows open, and you’ll have to turn on your air conditioner. Summer is the busiest time of the year here at Paul’s Plumbing & Heating. We get a lot of emergency service calls during the dog days of summer when people’s air conditioners fail and they are left without relief from the heat. Avoid summer air conditioner failures by scheduling an air-conditioner tune-up during the spring.

4. You notice a burning smell when you first turn your air conditioner on Turning your air conditioner on for the first time of the year is a sure sign of spring! However, if the first thing you notice when you turn your air conditioner on is a burning smell, it means that it’s time to clean up your air conditioner. That burning smell is a sign that dust and debris have collected on the coils of your air conditioner over the winter. Your air conditioner is dirty and should be cleaned if you want it to operate at peak efficiency. 5. Your air conditioner is more than ten years old Like a car that has surpassed 100,000 miles, air conditioners tend to require more maintenance after they have put in ten or more more years of service. If your air conditioner is more than ten years old, and you don’t plan on buying a new one soon, proper maintenance is imperative. If your air conditioner is getting older it should be serviced every spring in order to avoid a major breakdown.

What is involved in an air conditioner tune-up?

When you schedule an air conditioning Reno tune-up, a certified HVAC technician will:

  • Clean the condenser coils

  • Evaluate the coolant level and add more if necessary

  • Calibrate your thermostat

  • Inspect your duct work

  • Inspect the air filter and replace it if necessary

  • Tighten electrical connections

  • Evaluate the performance of the blower motor

  • Check the condition of the blower belt

  • Inspect the compressor and motor

Be proactive and take good care of your air conditioner this spring. Address small problems now before they cause costly repairs by scheduling a spring air conditioner tune-up today!

Call us at 775-312-3030 or schedule a service here!