In Pittsburgh, the average cost of professional AC maintenance is $50 to $250+.
The cost of AC maintenance depends on 2 main factors:
- The company you hire
- What services are included in a maintenance check-up
Below, we’ll walk through these cost factors as well as discuss the benefits of investing in annual AC maintenance.
What affects the cost of AC maintenance
There are two main cost factors when it comes to AC maintenance:
- The HVAC company you hire
- What’s included in the maintenance check-up
Let’s start by looking at the HVAC company you hire…
The HVAC company you hire
When investing in AC maintenance, you want to be sure that you’re paying for quality maintenance, not just a bare-bones inspection of your AC unit. Why?
Many times, companies or contractors do not take the time to thoroughly check your unit or give it the care it needs (lubricating moving parts, tightening electrical connections, etc.) This can result in system breakdowns or costly repairs later on down the road.
Our suggestion is to pay more for quality maintenance now so you don’t have costly breakdowns later.
To make sure you’re hiring a quality company for your AC maintenance, you should:
- Check their reviews and ensure they have good ratings on sites like:
- Ask what services are included during one of their AC maintenance tune-ups (we’ll let you know what you should look for in an AC maintenance checklist next).
What’s included in the maintenance check-up
As we mentioned above, if you decide to invest in maintenance, you want to be sure that you’re receiving a quality tune-up.
After asking what is included in a company’s AC check-up, you should cross-reference it with the list of items a tech should perform during an AC maintenance visit by Energy Star.
A tech should do (at minimum) the following tasks:
- Check the thermostat settings
- Tighten electrical connections on all motors
- Measure the voltage and current on all motors
- Lubricate all moving parts
- Inspect the condensate drain for clogs
- Check system controls
- Check evaporator coil
- Clean condenser coils
- Check refrigerant levels
- Inspect all blower components
When looking for a quality AC tune-up, you should try to find a company that will check everything listed above. You don’t want to pay for a tune-up only to find out that you’re facing a repair because the tech didn’t take care of your system properly.
Now that we’ve looked at what you should look for in a company who offers AC maintenance, let’s look at how regular maintenance can save you in the long run.
Benefits of AC maintenance
Investing in maintenance for your AC unit can provide you with many benefits. A few of these benefits are:
1. Helps maintain your warranty
Many AC warranties require that you have your AC unit maintained by an HVAC professional once a year. Without this annual check-up, your AC warranty could be void, potentially costing you quite a bit of money if your unit needs to be repaired in the future.
2. Prevents costly repairs
You wouldn’t drive your car for 10 years without getting the oil changed, the tires replaced and paying for regular tune-ups.
Your AC needs the same kind of treatment.
AC units work hard in warmer months to produce cool air for your home, which is why your AC unit needs to have regular tune-ups and care to stay in the best shape possible. Making small fixes or performing tune-ups yearly will help to prevent your AC parts from wearing out quickly and prevent you from having to pay for costly repairs.
3. Extends the life of your system
As we mentioned above, investing in regular maintenance will help your AC from wearing out more quickly than it should, extending the life of your system.
4. Increases efficiency and decreases monthly utility bills
The more efficiently your system is working, the less you’ll pay in monthly cooling bills. How do you keep your system efficient? Regular maintenance. Your AC will work most efficiently when all of the parts are clean and working correctly. If one part isn’t working correctly, it will put a strain on your whole system, dropping efficiency and increasing your monthly bills.
For example, if you have a refrigerant leak, your AC is not able to draw heat out of your home as quickly as it should be, forcing your whole system to work longer and harder to produce the same results.
Pittsburgh AC maintenance
At Calfo, we know that every homeowner has different concerns, budgets and AC systems, which is why we offer two different maintenance options.
During our check-ups, our technicians will perform 21-points of maintenance for your AC unit, including:
- Electrical inspection
- Motor testing
Tune-Up – $129
During a tune-up, one of our expert technicians will perform up to 58-points of maintenance for your AC unit. This includes:
- Condenser coil cleaning
- Advanced electrical and motor inspection
Regardless of the option you choose, our team will do everything we can to make sure your AC unit is running correctly. All of our HVAC techs go through 5 years of HVAC schooling (10,000 hours of on-the-job training), so they are prepared to offer you the very best service.