How Often Does My AC Unit Need a Tune-Up?

How Often Does My AC Unit Need a Tune Up?

Regular HVAC maintenance is essential if you want your AC unit to last as long as possible. But when exactly should you schedule an HVAC tune-up? And how do you know if your system needs one or not?

Keep reading to get the answers to those questions and to learn more about HVAC maintenance frequency.

How Often Should I Schedule HVAC Maintenance?

As a general rule of thumb, you should try to schedule an HVAC tune-up twice per year. The goal should be to have one tune-up in the spring and another in the fall.

Of course, you could need more maintenance than this if your system is older or you experience unexpected problems with it. But absent other considerations, two maintenance visits per year is optimal.

When Should I Schedule My HVAC Tune-Up?

Spring is the best time to schedule your HVAC maintenance calls. This is true for a few reasons.

First, the weather is typically very mild in the spring. So a maintenance technician can run your HVAC system without having to worry about the weather interfering with it. This can make it easier for them to work on the system.

Additionally, most people who schedule HVAC maintenance calls wait until summer or winter to do so.

That means many HVAC companies are less busy during spring. So you should have an easier time finding the right appointment. And you may even be able to get a discount.

Why not winter?

Winter typically isn’t a good time for an AC tune-up because you really don’t want to be running your air conditioner in winter weather.

AC units have oil in them. They need this to run properly. But in winter, that oil may not work properly. So you could actually damage your system by trying to run it.

Why not summer?

It’s usually not a good idea to wait for HVAC maintenance until summer either. This is when most people schedule maintenance calls. So you’re going to have a much harder time getting an appointment.

Because of that, you may not be able to fix your AC unit up before you need to start using it if you wait until summer to schedule an appointment.

Signs Your AC Unit Needs a Tune-Up

Here are some of the main signs to look at in order to determine whether it’s time for an AC tune-up or not:

  • Unusual noises like screeches, whistling, beeping, and gurgling
  • Higher electric bills than normal
  • Inefficient heating and cooling
  • Warm air coming out when you want cool air
  • Sudden high levels of humidity in your home
  • Mold-like smells

IAQ Makes It Easier To Tune Up Your AC Unit

You should always try to have maintenance work done on your HVAC system twice per year. And, ideally, you should schedule that service during the spring and fall instead of the summer and winter.

Is your system ready for a tune-up? If so, Indoor Air Quality, Inc is here to help. We provide professional HVAC services to customers in Highlands Ranch and throughout the Denver Metro Area. Get in touch with us today to learn more about what we can do for you.