Tips For Air Conditioning Tune Ups

July 12, 2012 at 7:47 pm | Category: Air Conditioning


Do I need a tune up?

Today’s air conditioners with greater efficiency levels, are more likely to need maintenance, due to changes in coil design (thinner fins, more surface area, thinner tubing, rifled tubing, etc), changes in refrigerants, and so on.  For Buffalo Grove homeowners, the bottom line is that tune ups save you money!

Why does an air conditioner need a tune up?

When a major utility and university research team sought to identify what benefits are provided by air conditioning tune ups, they found that tune-ups saved energy and restored lost capacity.  How much?

Well, they saved enough energy to pay for the cost of maintenance in just the summer months.  In addition, tune-ups restored lost capacity (the average capacity degradation was nearly one third), improved comfort, prevented breakdowns, and extended equipment life– which saves Buffalo Grove homeowners money.

How often should I get it done?

 To answer that question, researchers repeated the study a year later, using the same homes from the prior year.  They found that seventy-eight percent of the savings were present.  In other words, one year of operation takes a toll on an air conditioner.  It may still function adequately, but not nearly as efficiently as it should.

What’s involved in a tune up?

You pick the time and your Buffalo Grove air conditioner repairmen do the rest.  The procedure takes 60 to 90 minutes.  If you give us a call we can schedule your tune up during our slack time.  That way they’re surprisingly affordable and pay for themselves in just a few months.

A Few Facts:

Drains in your air conditioner if not maintained can cause water damage in the house and affect indoor humidity levels, according to Energy Star.

  • Just .042 inch of dirt on a heating and cooling coil can lead to decreased efficiency of twenty-one percent, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
  • Air conditioner efficiency is halved when there is fifteen percent of duct leakage.  (Source:  Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory)
  • If your air conditioner were a car you would rack up an average of 27,600 miles per year.  That’s how hard it works for the average home.