3 Reasons You Need an A/C Checkup This Spring

Radiant technician inspecting AC unit in Austin, TX

A spring A/C tune-up can do wonders for the performance of your system. Waking up during the spring season brings warm feelings of excitement, joy, and eagerness for the warm months ahead. It also brings about a laundry list of spring cleaning tasks. Aside from regular home maintenance, you should also make sure your A/C is in prime condition to take you through the summer months.

No matter the time of day, our team offers HVAC and plumbing services in Westlake Hills, Austin, and the surrounding region for your convenience. You can avoid the need for emergency A/C service by scheduling a checkup before anything goes wrong. Regular maintenance on your HVAC unit will ensure optimal results.

What is an A/C Tune-Up?

A spring A/C tune-up involves having a professional technician check the operation of your system to make sure everything is functioning properly. That includes inspecting both internal and external parts of your unit. Here is what it covers:

  • Checking and calibrating the thermostat
  • Inspecting the blower blades, motor belts, and bearings
  • Checking and lubricating all motors
  • Flushing condensate drains and clearing the condensate hose
  • Inspecting the air filter and replacing if necessary
  • Checking the power connections and tightening where needed
  • Inspecting the condenser coil for punctures
  • Determining the refrigerant levels
  • Inspecting the capacitors
  • Testing the evaporator temperature differential

You Need an A/C Checkup This Spring

Air conditioners are a necessary investment in home comfort — especially in Texas’s humid subtropical climate — so it’s worth giving them a little extra love to make them last longer. To that end, A/C maintenance is the best way to discover problems and address them in a timely fashion. By repairing normal wear and tear on a regular basis, you can effectively increase your air conditioner’s lifespan. Older air conditioners have a life expectancy of 10-12 years, while newer models can last 15-20 years. 

Increase A/C Efficiency, Decrease A/C Costs

A tuned-up, properly calibrated HVAC system runs smoother and has a better fuel economy. This ultimately helps you, the homeowner, save money on energy bills.

Improve Indoor Air Quality

For most Austin homeowners, the air conditioner is the first defense against indoor air pollution. As dust and debris enter your home, they don’t have much of a chance to linger in the air before they are filtered through the HVAC system. The air filter, of course, plays a key role in trapping harmful contaminants and ensuring that only fresh, clean air circulates throughout the household. Therefore, a healthy air conditioner paves the path for healthy indoor air quality. 

What You Can Do

Jumpstart Your A/C

As we make the transition from winter to spring, it’s imperative that your air conditioner is prepared to handle the hot, humid days ahead. A thorough inspection and maintenance service performed by a trained professional is the best way to jumpstart your A/C system after a dormant few months. 

DIY Maintenance

Your work doesn’t stop after scheduling a professional tune-up. A/C maintenance is a monthly chore, so make sure you’re performing the following tasks on a regular basis. 

AC tune up infographic

A New Air Filter

The filter inside of your A/C unit helps to maintain healthy air quality by catching dust, debris, and other pollutants. When the air filter becomes dirty, those contaminants buildup and restrict airflow. This can ultimately damage your A/C system, as it forces your unit to work overtime. An experienced technician can tell you if it’s time for a new one.

Clean Outside Coils

The unit outside of your home, called a condenser, works in conjunction with your A/C unit. It disperses the air inside of your home. Naturally, the outside unit can come in contact with branches and shrubs. Clearing the condenser of these obstructions, as well as cleaning off leaves, pollen, and dirt will ensure it can work properly.

Identify Minor Issues Before They Become Major

Getting a tune-up is not only essential in ensuring your unit will work properly, but it’s also essential for identifying problems before they worsen. This can save you a significant amount of money down the road on potential issues like condenser efficiency, coolant levels, and other performance-related areas. A unit that is working efficiently can also cut costs on your energy bills!

If your air conditioner isn’t operating the way you think it should, you can count on the experts at Radiant Plumbing to get the job done. To schedule an appointment this spring, feel free to call us at 833-656-4056!

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