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HVAC Tune-Ups: What They Are, Why You Should Get Them, And How They Pay For Themselves

hvac tune up costs and reasons to schedule maintenance

Are you trying to keep your air conditioning system operating efficiently and save money on your energy bills? Many homeowners neglect to schedule their air conditioner maintenance. Annual HVAC tune-ups, on the other hand, may pay off handsomely in the long term.

By performing annual maintenance on your air conditioner, you may frequently detect problems before they become larger, more costly issues. Having regular AC service scheduled can also help guarantee that your system is functioning at peak efficiency, saving you money on your energy bills.

Like any other major appliance, your HVAC system requires proper maintenance and care to run smoothly — especially after heavy seasonal use. And by protecting it from wear and tear, you’ll save yourself the headache of unexpected breakdowns, repairs or entire unit replacements down the road. Find out more below about scheduling seasonal tune-ups for your HVAC system.

What Are HVAC Tune-Ups?

HVAC tune-ups are scheduled maintenance for your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems. The annual inspections and repairs are conducted by a professional heating and air conditioning company.

It’s best to schedule regular HVAC tune-ups twice a year, at the beginning of each heating and cooling season. While HVAC maintenance may be scheduled any time, you’ll want to ensure that your system is working efficiently before the weather gets too hot or cold for comfort.

When Should I Schedule Routine Maintenance On My HVAC Systems?

These heating and cooling system tune-ups typically occur in the spring and the fall. They take a close look at your heating system in the fall to ensure that it is prepared for low temperatures in the winter. They then shift their attention to your air conditioning system in the spring with an AC tune-up, ensuring that your air conditioning unit is ready for the heat wave that begins in May and lasts throughout the summer.

Is An HVAC Tune-Up Worth It?

Absolutely! Yes! Shyeah!

How many different ways can we say yes?

Because your HVAC system is hidden behind ceilings and floors, or sitting out of sight beside your house, it's easy to forget. Neglected HVAC equipment is likely to operate less effectively, malfunction more frequently, and reach the end of its life cycle sooner.

Your HVAC system, like your automobile, is a complicated mechanism that gets a lot of use. It's packed with important and moving components that get damaged over time. Your HVAC system doesn't function at peak efficiency when it's ignored and neglected, just as your vehicle does not function at its best when it's neglected and worn down.

If you're searching online to justify an HVAC tune-up cost, consider these benefits:

Early prevention

When you have your HVAC system tuned up, problems with wear and tear are addressed. Your technician also examines your system for any other potential issues that might cause a breakdown. These issues are dealt with promptly in order to prevent a failure followed by greater damage.

Avoid unexpected breakdowns

You'll be left without the cooling you require if your system breaks down. What is the cost to your family's comfort? Air conditioning repairs, especially those that come as a surprise, aren't always inexpensive. An HVAC tune-up can help you avoid these expenses.

Reduces utility bill

Air conditioner tune-ups improve the performance and energy efficiency of your system. As a result, you will experience greater comfort and using less energy, thus lowering your monthly energy costs. The cost of your tune-up will be recouped as soon as the difference in your energy bill over the next cooling season is paid for.


A well-maintained HVAC system lasts longer – period. A new HVAC system is not only costly, but it's also an investment. Neglecting your air conditioning system, which results in a shorter lifespan, may cost you hundreds or even thousands of dollars in early replacement costs.

Maintain your warranty

If you buy a new system and it's still under warranty, the manufacturer may deny your repair claim if you can't demonstrate that you've maintained it on a regular basis. The operation of HVAC systems is highly dependent on regular maintenance, which is why many manufacturers include a condition in their warranties prohibiting anyone but a professional from servicing their products. If your equipment has an unforeseen and costly failure while under warranty, the cost of a tune-up would be well worth it.

Improve indoor air quality

A tune-up on your cooling equipment may also help reduce the amount of dust, pet dander, or other allergies in your house's air. Keeping your equipment well-maintained and changing the air filter on a regular basis might allow you to detect more of these particles.

HVAC Tune-Up Checklist

Check to make sure your licensed professional HVAC technician will perform the following services before scheduling your HVAC tune-up:

  • Measures refrigerant levels and pressure

  • Calibrates thermostat(s) and checks proper cycle and temperature

  • Inspects and tightens all electrical connections, contacts, capacitors and relays

  • Inspects the evaporator coil

  • Inspects the condensate drain

  • Inspects and cleans the condenser coil

  • Inspects the outdoor disconnect

  • Tests the condenser fan motor and blades and lubricates if needed

  • Checks compressor amps at startup

  • Check and adjust blower motor

  • Analyzes safety and efficiency performance

  • Change out new air filter

How Long Do HVAC Tune-Ups Take?

You can expect the HVAC tune-up inspection process to take up to an hour, depending on the configuration of your system. If refrigerant, also known as Freon, is needed, then you can expect an additional 30-45 minutes.

Properly Maintain Your Heating and Air Conditioning System

Avoid costly repairs and protect your HVAC investment by having your system regularly maintained under ARS®/Rescue Rooter’s®Home Service Plan. Scheduling regular tune-ups will ensure air conditioners and heating systems will keep your home comfortable year round.

Ready to schedule your preventative maintenance? We are now scheduling annual tune-ups! Book you HVAC tune-up today by calling 866-399-2885 or find your nearest ARS/Rescue Rooter location online.

Frequently Asked Questions Regarding ARS/Rescue Rooter HVAC Tune-Up Services

What can I do between service appointments to help keep my HVAC running its best?

Mostly, keep it clean! Change your filters per manufacturer’s recommendations, keep the condenser clear of leaves and debris, and (with the electricity off) rinse off the compressor with a garden hose occasionally. If you feel confident, you may also check the fan belt tension and inspect hose connections for leaks and cracks. A clean system is more likely to keep running well throughout the year.

What major HVAC brands do you service?

All of them! We’re a national HVAC company with a reputation for quality HVAC care. Our courteous technicians have all undergone thorough training, as well as background checks and drug testing, to ensure they’ll deliver the professional and reliable service you expect.

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