Do I Need an End-of-Season AC Tune-Up?

August 14, 2017

Now that summer is winding down and the air is starting to turn crisp, you’re probably looking forward to football, hot cocoa, and sweaters. After all, the changing season means less air conditioning and lower utility bills!

Even with the focus shifting toward your heating system, you can’t ignore air conditioner maintenance. You need an end-of-season AC tune-up if you skipped maintenance in the spring, and Rick’s Heating & Cooling is the place to go for the services you need.

DIY End-of-Season AC Maintenance

You can handle some air conditioner maintenance tasks yourself. Whether you tuned up your AC in the spring or not, follow these steps before retiring your cooling system for the winter:

  • Change the air filter to give the furnace a fresh start when you switch over to home heating.
  • Hose down the outdoor unit to remove grass clippings, dirt, cobwebs, and dead leaves.
  • Vacuum return and supply air registers to ensure adequate airflow in the coming heating season.
  • Don’t cover your air conditioner when you shut it off for good. This creates a vapor barrier that results in condensation on the unit. And when moisture lingers on metal, rust occurs. To protect your air conditioner, weigh down a piece of plywood with bricks on top of the unit to prevent dead leaves and falling icicles from damaging it.

Professional End-of-Season AC Tune-Up

While the tasks you can perform yourself are useful for preparing your AC for winter, you should also hire a professional to conduct an end-of-season tune-up if you neglected to service the unit last spring. Here’s what to expect when you hire Rick’s Heating & Cooling for the job:

  • Replace the filter (if the homeowner hasn’t already done so)
  • Calibrate the thermostat
  • Check and adjust refrigerant levels
  • Tighten all electrical connections
  • Measure motor voltages and currents
  • Inspect the evaporator coil
  • Clean the condenser coil
  • Lubricate all moving parts
  • Test and correct airflow
  • Inspect and clean the condensate drain
  • Check the temperature difference between supply air and return air
  • Test the safety controls
  • Inspect the clearances and areas around your equipment
  • And more!

Why Tune Up Your AC at the End of Summer?

If you skipped routine maintenance last spring, it’s not too late to have it serviced! Don’t wait until next year to schedule a tune-up if you want to enjoy these benefits:

  • Extend the life of your air conditioner: AC units are a big investment, and skipping maintenance shortens your system’s lifespan. Make yearly tune-ups a priority if you hope to postpone the day when you must finally replace your AC unit.
  • Avoid breakdowns: A small investment in routine maintenance can save you the inconvenience and expense of a midseason breakdown.
  • Tune up your AC and furnace simultaneously: Most people maintain their air conditioner in the spring and furnace in the fall, but there’s no harm in maintaining both systems in the same season. This saves you time and gives you a head start next spring.
  • Keep your warranty valid: If your AC is still under warranty, the manufacturer will only uphold your claims if you schedule yearly maintenance. Don’t fall behind or you could be left to foot the bill for premature system failure.

Schedule an End-of-Season AC Tune-Up in Cincinnati

Whether it’s spring, fall, or somewhere in between, Rick’s Heating & Cooling can maintain your air conditioner to ensure you enjoy the benefits of a well-tuned system. We have provided cooling services to residents in the Cincinnati area for over 30 years, so we’re experienced with providing quality services and customer satisfaction.

Contact us today to schedule your end-of-season AC tune-up!