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HVAC systems are critical to maintaining a comfortable living environment. But regular maintenance is necessary to ensure they run efficiently and effectively. A tune-up is a preventative measure that can help prolong the life of your HVAC system, reduce the likelihood of breakdowns, and lower your energy bills. By scheduling an HVAC tune-up with our professionals, you can rest assured that your system will be thoroughly inspected, cleaned, and adjusted to ensure optimal performance. Contact us today to schedule your tune-up and take the first step in ensuring the longevity and efficiency of your HVAC system.

To schedule a heating tune-up or to speak to one of our HVAC experts, call us at 703-873-7484 (VA Customers) or 301-686-7129 (MD Customers)

Why Does an HVAC Need Regular Tune-Ups?

An HVAC system needs regular tune-ups for several reasons. First, regular tune-ups can help ensure that the system is running efficiently, which can save energy and lower utility bills. Second, regular tune-ups can help identify and fix small problems before they become bigger and more expensive to repair. Third, regular maintenance can help extend the lifespan of the HVAC system. Finally, regular tune-ups can help ensure that the air inside the building is clean and healthy by removing dust, allergens, and other contaminants.

What is Included in an HVAC Tune-Up?

During an HVAC tune-up, an HVAC expert will perform the following tasks on your HVAC system:

  1. Inspect and clean the air filter to ensure proper airflow and optimal efficiency.
  2. Inspect and clean the condenser and evaporator coils to avoid heating and cooling issues.
  3. Check and adjust the refrigerant charge to ensure proper heating and cooling.
  4. Inspect and clean the condensate drain to remove moisture and prevent blockages.
  5. Check and lubricate all moving parts to reduce friction and extend the life of the system.
  6. Inspect and clean the ductwork to improve airflow and prevent blockages.
  7. Check the thermostat and ensure it’s calibrated correctly.
  8. Check the electrical components to ensure proper function and no loose connections.
  9. Check the safety devices, such as the pressure switch and high-limit switch, to ensure proper function.
  10. Check and adjust the airflow to ensure proper balance and efficiency.

The expert will use the right tools and expertise to properly and safely inspect, clean, and maintain the customer’s HVAC system. An annual tune-up will help keep the HVAC running efficiently and help avoid costly repairs in the future.

How Often Does an HVAC Need a Tune-Up?

It is recommended that an HVAC system should undergo a tune-up at least once a year, typically before the start of the heating or cooling season. However, in certain cases, it may be beneficial to schedule additional maintenance appointments throughout the year. For instance, if your HVAC system is heavily used or is located in a dirty or dusty environment, you should opt for more than one tune-up every year. The same is the case if you have noticed a decline in the system’s performance or if you have an older HVAC system. In case you are unsure, it is best to check with a licensed HVAC professional or the manufacturer for specific recommendations for your system.

What Is the Best Time of the Year for an HVAC Tune-up?

The best time of year for an HVAC tune-up is typically in the spring or fall, before the start of the heating and cooling seasons. This will ensure that your system is running efficiently and effectively when you need it most. Scheduling regular maintenance twice a year is recommended for optimal performance and to prevent potential problems from arising. It’s also a good idea to have a professional check your system before the extreme heat of summer or the cold of winter to ensure your HVAC system is running at its best and to avoid a breakdown during extreme weather conditions.

Factors that Affect HVAC Tune-Up Cost

There are several factors that can affect the cost of an HVAC tune-up:

  1. Type of HVAC System: The cost of a tune-up can vary depending on the type of system you have, such as a central air conditioning unit, a furnace, or a heat pump.
  2. Size of the System: The larger the system, the more it will cost to tune up.
  3. Age of the System: An older system may require more maintenance and repairs, which can increase the cost of the tune-up.
  4. Location of the System: The cost of labor and parts can vary depending on your location.
  5. The Extent of the Service: Basic tune-ups usually include cleaning and inspecting the system, while more extensive service may include replacing filters, checking ductwork, and checking for leaks.
  6. Professional Service Provider: The cost also varies based on the service provider you choose, as some may charge more than others.

It’s best to get a quote from a professional HVAC contractor to get an accurate estimate of the cost of a tune-up for your specific system.

To get a free quote, call us at 703-873-7484 (VA Customers) or 301-686-7129 (MD Customers)

Is an HVAC Tune-Up Covered Under the Manufacturer’s Warranty?

Extended warranties and service agreements typically do not cover the cost of regular HVAC maintenance, such as tune-ups. However, most manufacturers mandate customers to ensure regular HVAC tune-ups for the warranty to remain valid.

Many people tend to forgo the tune-up of their HVAC systems until things go south. If you too have been procrastinating your HVAC tune-up, we suggest that you schedule one right away. Feel free to contact us at AVS Heating and Air Conditioning for all types of HVAC-related service. We are one of the most trusted names for air conditioning and heating-related service in the Washington D.C. Metro area. Our service area extends to Arlington, Alexandria, and Fairfax in VA. to Montgomery and Prince George’s County in Maryland. To schedule an appointment, call us at 703-873-7484 (VA Customers) or 301-686-7129 (MD Customers).

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