Do I Really Need an Air Conditioning “Tune-Up?”

Tune-up your air conditioning unit before Indiana turns up the heat.

So it’s mid-July in central Indiana. The heat index was about 105 during the day, and when you picked up the kids from daycare that evening it was still so muggy your shirt felt like it weighed about 3 pounds. You walk through your front door, and realize your house is about 10 degrees hotter than it was outside. You check the thermostat and your air conditioning is set to 70, but the temperature in the house says 87. Your system doesn’t respond when you try to adjust the temperature. What went wrong?

Tune-up your air conditioning unit today

Most of us have been in this predicament at some point. A heating and cooling system is similar to an engine in a car. If you don’t regularly change the oil and rotate the tires, a lot can go wrong. At Mister Quik, we provide customers who sign up for our maintenance plans with a free air conditioning tune up in the spring to make sure your cooling system is ready for this type of weather. A properly completed tune-up can increase your system’s efficiency, prolong the life expectancy of the unit, and prevent breakdowns from happening.

We help you protect your air conditioning unit, one of the largest investments you’ll ever make in your home, by doing the following:

  • First, we check to see if any of the low voltage wiring has been accidentally damaged. Believe it or not, low voltage wiring is routinely damaged by a weed eater or chewed up by an animal.
  • We also check the contactor in the system to determine if the overall voltage in your system is correct and the unit is receiving adequate power. Electrical issues are a common problem with an air conditioning unit and need to be maintained to insure proper cooling.
  • We examine your outdoor unit to see if any debris may be embedded in your outdoor coils. Coils allow air to pass through your air conditioning system, and when they become dirty, it may cause your compressor to overheat which shortens the life of your system. Your compressor is responsible for converting your refrigerant from a gas to a liquid, and is at the core of your cooling system. The compressor actually removes the heat from the air, blowing it out of the house until the inside is a comfortable temperature.
  • Next, we make sure your refrigerant is at the proper levels and charge it if needed. Low refrigerant levels can increase your heating bill and keep your house from cooling properly.
  • A common problem with an overworked air conditioning unit may be a bad capacitor. A capacitor is similar to a battery, and keeps your outdoor fan running which cools the compressor. Capacitors should be checked regularly to make sure they are running properly.
  • Our technicians will also examine your indoor coil and filters and clean them if needed to ensure proper air flow in your home.
  • Lastly, once the tune up is complete we test your system and make sure your supply and return temperatures are changing adequately. This indicates your system is functioning properly.

Certified Air Conditioning Technicians

After completing your air conditioning tune-up, our technicians will be able to tell you if there are any issues which need to be corrected before the hot weather arrives. Our HVAC Service Technicians are EPA certified with years of experience and trained on all types of equipment makes and models. For as little as $9 per month, you can sign up for Mister Quik’s Home Partner Plan and avoid being caught unprepared this summer. We will also tune up your furnace in the fall, and send a plumber and electrician out to make sure your water heater and electrical panel are in proper working order.

Jamie R., HVAC Manager