How Does Maintenance Differ From A Tune-Up?

June 15, 2023

Tune Up VS. Maintenance

When it comes to maintaining your HVAC system, two key terms come into play: tune-up and maintenance. While both are essential for the long-term health of your heating and cooling system, they serve different purposes. At Peters Associates, we use these terms to refer to different approaches to keeping your HVAC system running smoothly season after season. We can provide AC tune-ups as well as regular preventative maintenance to ensure your home comfort all year long.

What is a Tune-Up?

A tune-up is a preventative measure that focuses on maximizing the efficiency and operation of your HVAC system. It involves a thorough assessment of your system’s performance and identifies any potential issues before they escalate into major problems.

A professional tune-up typically includes:
  • Efficiency Test
  • Checking Electrical Connections
  • System Operation Check
  • Check the run capacitor for bulging and/or unusual markings or color

A tune-up is also an evaluation of your system’s energy efficiency to ensure it’s operating at its peak performance, saving you money on energy bills. We also verify the electrical connections are secure and functioning correctly, preventing safety hazards and malfunctions. Testing various components and controls to ensure proper operation and diagnose any performance issues is another part of a tune-up that is important.

What is Maintenance?

Maintenance goes beyond the tune-up and provides comprehensive care for your heating and cooling system. It involves routine, preventative tasks that should be performed regularly to keep your system in optimal condition.

Some common maintenance task we perform include:
  • Filter Changes
  • Cleaning the Heater/Air Conditioner
  • Checking Connections
  • Testing Safety Controls

Regularly replacing air filters ensures clean air circulation, improves indoor air quality, and prevents the system from overworking. Clearing debris and dust from the system’s components helps maintain efficiency and prevents malfunctions. Inspecting all electrical and mechanical connections to identify loose or damaged parts that may affect system performance.

Need a Tune-Up Or Maintenance?

Both HVAC maintenance and tune-ups are vital for the optimal performance and longevity of your HVAC system. By adhering to a regular maintenance schedule and considering a tune-up when needed, you can ensure that your HVAC system operates efficiently, provides optimal comfort, and serves you well for years to come. There are many benefits of a home maintenance plan for your HVAC system.

Whether you need a tune-up or are interested in an annual preventative maintenance plan for your HVAC system, Peters Associates is here to help. Contact us today to get started!

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