How Often Should You Tune Up Your Air Conditioner?

You should always make sure to keep your air conditioning system in top shape. Scheduling regular tune-ups is essential to ensure that your AC unit is running efficiently and effectively. The general rule of thumb is to have an HVAC adjustment at least once a year, but if your system is five years old or older, it's best to have two tune-ups per year. To ensure that your air conditioning unit and all of its moving parts work as they should, we suggest scheduling an annual tune-up at least.

This service, which is sometimes referred to as “clean and check”, is best done every spring before the cooling season begins. If you live in a warmer climate or make heavy use of the system, consider scheduling a second regular maintenance visit during peak season to keep the system performing optimally for the rest of the year. If it's been longer than usual between annual adjustments, your system may start to show signs that it's time to call your local Carrier dealer. Common signs that you need an AC tune-up include:

  • Strange noises coming from the unit
  • Uneven cooling throughout your home
  • Higher energy bills than usual
  • Unusual smells coming from the unit
  • Short cycling, or when the unit turns on and off too frequently
If you notice any of these signs, it's time to call a professional for an AC tune-up.

A professional technician will be able to inspect your system and make any necessary repairs or adjustments to get it running smoothly again. Regular tune-ups are essential for keeping your air conditioning system running efficiently and effectively. Make sure to schedule an annual tune-up at least once a year, and if your system is five years old or older, consider scheduling two tune-ups per year. If you notice any strange noises, uneven cooling, higher energy bills, unusual smells, or short cycling from your AC unit, don't hesitate to call a professional for an AC tune-up.