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Tips for an AC Tune Up

Updated 5/17/24

There is nothing worse than enduring the scorching summer heat in Phoenix – without any air conditioning! Don’t let costly A/C breakdowns drain your bank this summer. Prevent problems from occurring by following these simple tips. Keep your home cool and comfortable this summer by making sure your unit is performing efficiently.

3 Tips to Tune-Up Your A/C

Set your thermostat to “auto”

Is your A/C unit running non-stop, even when your home has cooled to your desired temperature? Prevent this by setting your thermostat to “auto” which will help reduce the energy your unit uses to perform efficiently. The auto setting will turn your A/C off when it reaches the desired temperature programmed on your thermostat, while still keeping you home cool and comfortable. In addition to this, the auto setting will turn your A/C off at the appropriate times to allow for the any excess moisture in the air to evaporate, keeping it from cycling through your home.

  • Reduces energy consumption: The auto setting turns your A/C off when it reaches the programmed temperature, reducing unnecessary energy use.
  • Maintains comfort: Your home stays cool and comfortable without the A/C constantly running.
  • Prevents moisture buildup: The auto setting allows excess moisture to evaporate, keeping it from cycling through your home.

Leave your A/C unit on, even when you’re away from home

Whether you are going on vacation or just leaving for work, you should leave your A/C unit on. If you turn it off when you leave, your unit will have to work even harder when you turn it back on as it strives to cool the whole house again. Plus, pets and appliances can be protected from overheating by leaving your A/C running while you are gone. Either program your A/C’s setting to auto, or set the thermostat 5-10 degrees higher than you normally do. When you return home, your unit will not have to work as hard to cool the house back down, saving you energy and money.

  • Prevents overworking: If you turn your A/C off, it has to work harder to cool your home when you return, using more energy.
  • Protects pets and appliances: Leaving your A/C on prevents overheating, ensuring the safety and comfort of your pets and appliances.
  • Saves money: Set your thermostat 5-10 degrees higher than normal when you’re away to reduce energy consumption while still maintaining a comfortable environment.
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Use a programmable thermostat

Programmable thermostats can reduce the amount of energy you use by up to 30%. They allow you to raise the temperature settings in rooms while you are gone or sleeping, ultimately saving you money. In addition to this, some programmable thermostats can be accessed from smartphones apps and altered to individual preference. These advance thermostats excel in maximizing efficiency, saving money, and personalizing comfort.

  • Energy savings: Reduce energy use by up to 30% by automatically adjusting temperatures based on your schedule.
  • Customization: Set different temperatures for different times of the day, such as when you’re away or sleeping.
  • Remote access: Some programmable thermostats can be controlled from your smartphone, allowing you to adjust settings on the go.

Why Tune-Ups Matter

Regular A/C tune-ups are essential for:

  • Preventing breakdowns: Catch minor issues before they turn into major problems.
  • Improving efficiency: A well-maintained A/C uses less energy, saving you money on utility bills.
  • Extending lifespan: With proper care, your A/C can last longer, delaying the need for replacement.
  • Maintaining comfort: Ensure your home stays cool and comfortable all summer long.

The Benefits of Professional A/C Tune-Ups

While the tips above can help optimize your A/C’s performance, nothing replaces the expertise of a professional technician. Here’s what you can expect from a comprehensive tune-up:

  1. Thorough inspection: A technician will examine all components of your A/C system, identifying any potential issues.
  2. Cleaning and adjustments: From cleaning coils to adjusting blower components, a tune-up ensures your A/C is running at peak performance.
  3. Refrigerant check: Low refrigerant levels can cause your A/C to work harder than necessary, leading to increased energy consumption and potential damage.
  4. Electrical connections: Loose or corroded connections can be a safety hazard and cause your A/C to malfunction. A technician will tighten and clean connections as needed.
  5. Filter replacement: Dirty filters restrict airflow and reduce efficiency. A tune-up includes replacing or cleaning your filters.
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Schedule a tune-up with ACE

Our experienced and certified technicians can provide you with a comprehensive 20 plus-point tune-up. We will ensure your A/C’s performance for upcoming seasons, offering both air conditioning and heating tune-ups. To learn more about how ACE can help you, check out our other pages or contact us today!

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