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AC Tune-Up vs. AC Inspection: What They Mean for What You Need

Having your air conditioner checked periodically by a trained technician helps ensure it continues performing at high levels when seasonal heat arrives.

Our HVAC customers in Oswego, Yorkville, Plainfield, Naperville and Aurora look to Air Dynamics for a range of cooling solutions. When spring and summer approach, many customers will refer to a “tune-up” or an “inspection” when discussing services they’re looking for.

Although these terms are often interchanged, they mean different things. Now is a good time to review them so you can precisely refer to what you need when you need it.

AC Tune-Up for Oswego, Yorkville, Plainfield, Naperville and Aurora

An AC tune-up involves work or maintenance on a cooling unit that’s currently operational. In other words, a tune-up improves on what your system can already do.

Tune-ups fall under what we would call preventive maintenance, a proactive approach to cooling-system efficiency and savings. Regular tune-ups can both help avoid problems that could surface later (usually bigger ones) and identify any smaller current issues while they’re still easy to fix.

Just a few things we might do during a tune-up are:

flush the drain clean the condenser coils
add more coolant and look for leaks replace any worn or malfunctioning parts
lubricate all moving parts calibrate the thermostat
examine the ductwork check the blower motor and belt
clean or replace the air filter test electrical wiring and controls

In addition to keeping your unit in tip-top shape, tune-ups can contribute to lower energy bills and greater comfort and safety. They can also help extend the life of your unit by not forcing it to work harder than it should.

AC Inspection for Oswego, Yorkville, Plainfield, Naperville and Aurora

An inspection is service for an air conditioner that is not functioning properly. Something is wrong with the unit, and it needs diagnostic troubleshooting.

Some AC problems that might call for an inspection include:

no cool air moisture or leaks where they don’t belong
poor air flow rising energy bills
thermostat not working correctly inconsistent room temperatures
strange sounds or odors increasing humidity
warm/hot air blowing from vents clogged condensate drain

Air Dynamics All-Inclusive Maintenance (AIM) Program

A great way to get more from your AC for a lower cumulative cost is to schedule periodic maintenance visits. We offer a special All-Inclusive Maintenance (AIM) program including no diagnostic fees, two annual system tune-ups and a 10% discount on any air conditioning repair.

All you do is join the program and then enjoy the benefits. For your twice-a-year tune-ups, we will contact you – no need to make note of scheduling or otherwise remind yourself. In making sure your AC operates at its best, during each tune-up we will perform a thorough safety check on your unit and thoroughly clean it.

If we discover anything that requires attention or repair, we will first discuss it with you. If we need to continue with a repair, we will automatically apply your 10% member discount to the service.

Our No Breakdown Guarantee will further secure your trust in our work. If you proceed with a repair we recommend after a tune-up, we will guarantee the work for the following three months. Should your AC malfunction during that time, we will return to correct it at no charge to you.

Contact Us Today

By understanding the difference between an AC tune-up and an AC inspection, you’ll be able to discuss what you need even more clearly. You also now know how you can stay proactive about your AC’s efficient performance. Call us at (630) 731-1550 anytime you have questions or need service for your cooling system in Oswego, Yorkville, Plainfield, Naperville or Aurora. Ask us more about our AIM program too!

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