How Much Does an AC Check-Up Cost in Phoenix?
April 03, 2023
The average cost for an AC tune-up in Phoenix ranges from $50 to $150.
Now, the cost of AC maintenance in Phoenix varies based on these factors:
- The HVAC company you hire to do the AC Check-up
- What the tech covers on their AC check-up checklist
- The time of year you schedule your check-up
- Whether you opt for an AC maintenance plan or not
Let’s go into more detail about these 3 factors...
Cost factor #1: The HVAC company you hire to do the check-up
Most contractors will charge somewhere in the $50 to $150 range for an AC check-up.
However, if you see a contractor go below that range, watch out: Low-priced maintenance visits are typically used by some HVAC companies just to get their foot in the door.
Once they inspect your AC, they’ll often “find problems” with your air conditioner and charge you for unnecessary repairs.
That said, beware of AC maintenance prices that seem too good to be true. Super low prices are a warning sign that you’re either going to get scammed by a dishonest tech or you’re not getting a quality maintenance visit.
But price isn’t the only factor you should consider when hiring a contractor. You will also want to make sure the HVAC contractor…
- Is licensed and insured (in case something goes wrong on the job)
- Has good online customer reviews on sites like Better Business Bureau, Yelp and Google
- Follows the Energy Star’s recommended maintenance checklist when they perform AC check-ups (more on that below)
Cost factor #2: What the tech covers on their AC check-up checklist
The bottom line: The more a technician covers in their AC check-up, the more they’ll likely charge for their service.
At the bare minimum, however, the technician you hire should adhere to the minimum 8 points on Energy Star’s website, which includes:
- Checking the thermostat settings
- Tightening electrical connections
- Lubricating all moving parts
- Inspecting the condensate drain
- Checking all controls to make sure they’re functioning properly
- Cleaning evaporator coil and condenser coils
- Checking the refrigerant levels to make sure you don’t have any leaks in your system
- Cleaning and adjusting blower components
If the tech doesn’t cover at least those minimum 8 steps, look elsewhere for a better contractor.
(Our techs perform a 16-point AC check-up that meets the Energy Star guidelines.)
Cost factor #3: The time of year you schedule
Most HVAC contractors will typically offer a discount for an AC check-up in the spring, right before the heavy cooling season hits in summer.
Contractors offer these discounts to incentivize homeowners to get their check-ups before the busy season, when most HVAC companies’ resources are spread thin due to high demand.
So, if you take advantage of one of these check-up discount offers not only will you save money on your check-up, but your AC system will perform better during the summer, which will save you money on your monthly energy bills.
Cost factor #4: Whether you opt for an AC maintenance plan
Many HVAC contractors also offer maintenance plans, which often include added benefits compared to a one-off check-up visit.
These maintenance plans or “packages” are more expensive upfront, but they can include benefits like…
- An additional HVAC maintenance visit (for a total of 2 tune-ups per year)
- Priority service, so when you need a repair or a check-up, you get first priority over non-plan customers
- Special member discounts on repairs and services
(Our VIP maintenance plan includes all of the above and more. When you become a VIP plan member with us, it’s like having your own technician/plumber on call 24/7.)
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Originally published: May 2, 2018
Written by: Patrick Riley Cooling, Heating, & Plumbing
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