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Cost of an AC Tune‑Up for an Average Florida Home

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A thorough AC tune-up adds value and comfort to your home.

If your AC is blowing hot air, has weak airflow, or you’ve noticed any strange sounds or smells coming from your vents, it’s probably time for an AC tune-up. Many homeowners think maintenance is an unnecessary expense, but the benefits are plentiful. Maintenance can help extend the lifespan of your AC system, keep it running efficiently, and reduce costly energy bills.

In the long term, maintaining your system regularly can save you the cost of expensive AC repairs and keep your manufacturer’s warranty valid. If it’s been a while since you’ve had your AC serviced, set your AC up for success by scheduling a tune-up.

In Florida, the cost of an AC tune-up ranges from $105 to $200+. This cost varies a bit because not all AC tune-ups are created equal. It’s important to review the cost factors involved, such as:

We’ll review each of these factors below so that you know exactly what to look for in a top-quality AC tune-up.

Want to schedule an AC tune-up with a trustworthy HVAC technician?

Contact Climate Design today. Our AC pros will perform a 27-point tune-up and are available for same-day service from 8am to 8pm every day of the week. We’ll thoroughly inspect and clean your AC for optimal performance so that you can have peace of mind that your AC will stay reliable through hot Florida days.

Call us today at (727) 592-5040 or schedule below to experience 5-star service!

What’s Covered on the AC Tune-Up Checklist

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A comprehensive AC tune-up checklist ensures top system performance.

Most contractors will provide an AC tune-up checklist for their technicians to follow. Generally, the more thorough the AC maintenance provided, the more the service may cost. The technician will spend more time inspecting and cleaning the components of your AC system, which increases labor time.

According to Energy Star, a high-quality HVAC contractor should begin with a minimum 8-point maintenance checklist, which includes the following steps:

  1. Checking your thermostat settings
  2. Tightening all electrical connections
  3. Lubricating all moving parts
  4. Checking and inspecting the condensate drain in your central air conditioner, furnace, and/or heat pump
  5. Checking controls, including the start cycle, to see if the system starts, operates, and shuts off properly
  6. Cleaning the evaporator and condenser AC coils
  7. Checking your central air conditioner's refrigerant levels
  8. Cleaning and adjusting the blower components

So, if a contractor offers you an AC tune-up using fewer than these 8 points, it’s best to avoid them. The 8 points cover critical components, and you don’t want to risk having a major problem overlooked, only to end up paying for a costly repair to resolve it.

At Climate Design, our standard AC tune-up greatly expands the minimum 8-point list to a comprehensive 27-point checklist. We cover all the crucial aspects of a cooling system and go above and beyond industry standards for a maintenance tune-up. Our 2-hour service ensures that we make our customers’ total home comfort and peace of mind our top priority. Curious about what’s in the 27-point checklist? Call us at (727) 592-5040! We’re open and upfront about what we cover—you’ll know exactly what you’re paying for.

The AC Contractor You Hire to Perform Your AC Tune-Up

Quality air conditioner contractors will typically charge more for an AC tune-up. However, it pays to hire a trusted and experienced company that is transparent about pricing and will provide a thorough checklist of the line items they’ll inspect, clean, and service during maintenance.

In contrast, an inexperienced contractor may quote you a low price to get their foot in the door. And upon inspection of your AC system, they might find “unexpected problems” that require more expensive repairs. In the worst case, you could risk paying someone to glance at your equipment without doing anything to improve its performance.

To receive excellent tune-up service, look for a company with:

  • Hundreds of great Google reviews
  • Proof of licensing and insurance on their website
  • More than 10+ years of experience in the industry
  • A Better Business Bureau accreditation
  • Highly-trained technicians (such as a NATE certification)
  • Clear and upfront pricing estimates

Since 1973, Climate Design has been committed to doing right by our customers. All of our technicians are NATE-certified and have received the highest level of training in our industry. When they arrive at your home, our technician will go over our 27-point checklist and answer any questions about how the tune-up works to enhance the performance and lifespan of your AC system.

Whether Your AC Needs Repairs

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If your AC needs repairs, your tune-up costs will increase.

During the tune-up, your technician may uncover the need for repairs. The number of needed repairs depends on the age of your system and how frequently maintenance has been done. It’s better to replace or repair parts before the issues snowball into major breakdowns. Depending on the extent of repair necessary and your warranty status, your overall costs can go up.

For example, a fan motor (a key component that draws warm air into the system to be cooled) typically undergoes heavy wear-and-tear. Therefore, many manufacturers and installers provide warranties that cover its repair. But, with an expired warranty, you may pay out of pocket to replace a broken one.

Other air conditioner parts that need regular replacement include:

  • Updating worn-out fuses
  • Recharging refrigerant
  • Unclogging condensate drain lines
  • Replacing a dirty air filter

All the critical parts listed above are inspected during a tune-up, and the technician will review with you whether the checklist covers the needed repair or if you’ll receive a separate charge for the repair.

Whether or Not You’re Enrolled in an AC Maintenance Plan

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Enrolling in an AC maintenance plan means you’ll pay less for overall tune-up costs.

Most experienced HVAC companies that have been in business as long as we have (almost 50 years!) offer maintenance plans to their customers. A maintenance plan can help lower your AC service costs with free yearly tune-ups and added benefits like discounts on repairs and parts for a low monthly or annual payment.

Many homeowners—especially those in hot, humid states like Florida—find that the value of a maintenance plan far exceeds the cost of paying for individual tune-ups. In the event a problem is discovered during your AC tune-up, the discount on repairs alone could pay for the cost of the maintenance plan. Even better, maintenance plans often offer additional service benefits like guaranteed same-day and priority appointments. Climate Design’s maintenance plan members enjoy:

  • One 27-point system check-up per year
  • One professional system cleaning per year
  • Complete drain line coverage year-round
  • Improved indoor air quality
  • 15% discount on HVAC services, parts & accessories
  • Guaranteed same-day service
  • Emergency after-hours availability (24/7/365)

Ready to Schedule an AC Tune-Up? Contact Florida’s Best: Climate Design.

If you want an AC tune-up that delivers exceptional, reliable value for your hard-earned money, look no further than Climate Design. For almost 50 years, we’ve provided Florida homeowners with high-quality AC services. Our technicians prioritize attentive, thorough AC service to help homeowners maximize their AC system’s efficiency, total home comfort, and long-term savings.

When you schedule an AC tune-up, we’ll send one of our NATE-certified technicians to perform a 27-point checklist. Our mission is to give you total peace of mind with affordable pricing, quality workmanship, and convenient scheduling.

We also offer an AC maintenance plan. When you enroll, you’ll receive 15% off HVAC services, including free annual check-ups and cleanings! Learn more to see why over 6,000 Climate Design customers have joined our yearly maintenance program.

Give us a call (727) 592-5040 or schedule online today to experience 5-star service!