By investing in AC maintenance, Colorado homeowners can prevent breakdowns, reduce energy bills, and prolong the lifespan of their cooling systems. But how much does AC maintenance cost? About $159 in the Front Range area.
Not all AC tune-ups are created equal. Some companies charge more than others, and the quality of what’s included will vary, so it’s important to find a reputable provider who will deliver maximum energy efficiency for your AC system.
To further explain, let’s explore what goes into the cost of AC maintenance:
- The number of checklist points
- If you need AC repairs
- Status of your parts and labor warranties
- One-time visit or annual maintenance plan
- The contractor you choose
Schedule an AC Tune-Up with Cooper Heating & Cooling Today!
Our highly-trained and experienced professionals will conduct a 17-point safety and performance inspection of your AC system to get it running as efficiently as possible. That way, you can enjoy cooling comfort all summer long and for less energy costs!
The Number of Checklist Points
In general, the more checklist points included in an AC tune-up, the higher the cost of the service will be.
For example, a basic AC tune-up may include inspecting the air filter, cleaning the condenser coil, and checking the refrigerant levels, while a more comprehensive tune-up may include additional services such as cleaning the blower fan, checking the electrical components, and other HVAC best practices recommended by Energy Star.
At Cooper Heating & Cooling, our 17-point AC tune-up includes a comprehensive inspection, cleaning, and lubrication of key parts and components. When finished, we’ll also provide our honest findings of any AC repairs needed. This way, you not only enjoy higher efficiency and lower energy bills, but peace of mind that your AC won’t break down on you once those scorching summer temperatures come around.
If You Need AC Repairs
We recommend having your AC maintained at least once a year, preferably at the start of the cooling season before temperatures heat up. That way, you have a chance to replace any broken or faulty parts before they cause a breakdown.
Some common AC repairs uncovered during a tune-up include dirty air filters, condensate drain clogs, refrigerant leaks, frayed electrical wiring, and fan belt wear and tear. The cost of these kinds of fixes is nominal. However, if you neglect maintenance for too long, you may end up needing extensive repairs.
For example, if your AC’s evaporator or condenser coils crack or break, you may need to have them replaced. This can cost anywhere from a few hundred to a few thousand dollars, depending on the type and number of units you have. Similarly, if your AC’s compressor fails (the “heart” of your AC that essentially cools your air), you’ll likely need a replacement, which can cost thousands of dollars.
These kinds of major components are typically covered under your manufacturer’s warranty. However, failing to conduct annual AC maintenance can void your warranty, so it’s all the more reason to invest in yearly tune-ups.
Status of Your Parts and Labor Warranties
If your AC unit is still under warranty, either for labor or parts or both, then the cost of any repairs may be covered by the manufacturer or original installer. However, if your warranties have expired, you will end up paying out-of-pocket for replacement parts and/or repairs.
As we detailed above, major AC repairs and parts replacements can add up fast. If your warranties have expired, it may be more cost-effective to install a new AC system instead of shelling out thousands of dollars to fix your current one, especially if you have the option to finance with low monthly payments or 0% interest plans.
One-Time Visit or Annual Maintenance Plan
To make AC maintenance convenient and affordable, many HVAC companies offer annual plans that include system tune-ups. Depending on the plan, you typically pay a monthly fee for annual safety and performance inspections, alongside other perks like priority scheduling and discounts on parts and services.
Oftentimes, these plans provide such greater value that they end up paying for themselves. Moreover, you’ll likely get convenient service reminders so you never forget to schedule maintenance, and your warranties will remain valid.
Cooper’s Green Club Maintenance Plan provides whole-home protection and complete peace of mind with high-performance HVAC tune-ups, discounts on heating, cooling, plumbing, and electrical services/repairs, no overtime charges for emergency service calls, and much more, all for not much more than the cost of a service call.
The Contractor You Choose
Lastly, the HVAC company you hire to perform the tune-up will also impact the cost.
An experienced contractor will charge more for AC maintenance than a less experienced one. However, hiring a high-quality contractor is worth the extra cost as they do better work and complete thorough AC system checks. Plus, you don’t want to risk paying for a tune-up from an inexperienced technician who may overlook issues with your system. Or worse, provide a shoddy repair that needs to be fixed with costly repeat labor.
When searching for a high-quality HVAC contractor in Colorado, look for those with:
- Proof of licensing and insurance
- 10+ years of HVAC experience
- Verifiable positive reviews from clients on websites like Google and Facebook
- Checklists available for review before scheduling service
- Honest and upfront pricing
- Convenient scheduling
Looking for AC Maintenance from Trustworthy Professionals?
Turn to Cooper Heating & Cooling. We have more than 40 years of proven customer satisfaction. No matter your AC’s type, age, or condition, rest assured that our professionals will get it operating at peak efficiency. Enjoy lower energy bills and improved cooling capacity without fear of an untimely breakdown. Call the Cooper Green Team today!