What Goes Into an AC Inspection?

Summer is right around the corner! With it comes all the classic summer activities, such as biking, camping, beach days, and enjoying the warm weather.

Unless, of course, it gets TOO warm. On those days, we are all grateful to have a functional air conditioner to keep us cool. However, when your HVAC system isn’t working correctly, you are putting yourself at risk of:

  • Heat-related health risks, like heat stroke
  • Fainting
  • Dehydration
  • General discomfort

You don’t have to wait until a problem arises to protect yourself and your home. Instead, you need to schedule an HVAC inspection or get it repaired! AC inspections can help spot problems before they begin and ensure that your air conditioner runs properly all summer long.

But what exactly happens during an inspection? Today, we’ll be explaining what you can expect during the inspection process.

Signs You Need an AC Inspection

Let’s be honest: most of us aren’t experts on our HVAC system. While that’s not uncommon, it can make it harder to spot potential problems that may require professional help. If you’re wondering if you are due for an AC inspection, watch for these signs:

man in need of ac inspection when thermostat stops working

  • Temperatures Aren’t Changing – The most obvious sign of a problem with your HVAC equipment is if it isn’t actually cooling your home. If warm air is blowing through your vents, you’ll want to call a professional right away.
  • Water Leaks – Are you finding a puddle of water pooling around your air conditioner? Your cooling system may not be working properly. Be sure to fully protect your floors from water damage by laying out towels before calling an HVAC specialist.
  • Musty Smell – The unfortunate truth is that your HVAC system is a prime breeding ground for mold and mildew to grow in. Additionally, a broken air conditioner combined with hot, humid weather, makes your home extra susceptible to mold growth. If you notice a musty scent, it is a good idea to get your air conditioner inspected.
  • Strange Noises – All HVAC appliances make some noise. However, if you are noticing sounds that are out of the norm, you may be dealing with a mechanical issue that needs professional attention.
  • Frequent Cycles – A properly functioning AC system will have relatively even cooling cycles. When it is broken or not fully able to heat the home, though, it may turn on more frequently than you expect.

3 Different Types of Inspections

When it comes to an HVAC inspection, there are three main kinds of inspection processes that you can go through, depending on the type of problem that you are having. Here are the main differences between them.

1) Tune Ups

An HVAC tune-up is part of a regularly scheduled maintenance plan designed to keep your HVAC system functioning properly all year round. These typically happen bi-annually, with a fall inspection for your heating system and a spring inspection for your cooling system. We recommend all homeowners talk with their HVAC service professional about their tune-up plans.

2) Repairs

HVAC repairs occur when the homeowner discovers a problem with their HVAC system. This particular type of inspection is used to diagnose and solve any mechanical issues. In some cases, homeowners will have to purchase a new AC system, depending on the extent of the damage.

3) General Inspection

General inspections are similar to a tune-up service but are used simply to diagnose any potential problems and do not come with the maintenance service itself. These are typically used by homeowners who are looking to assess the value of a home before buying or selling it.

What Happens During an AC Inspection?

So, what exactly does an AC Inspection do? The answer? Lots of things! The professional you hire will likely have an HVAC inspection checklist that will cover all of the bases. Some of the things they test for will include:

Thermostat Test

A thermostat not only controls the temperature of your home but it also lets you know what the temperature is. Because of this, it is often the first thing a licensed HVAC technician will check. This involves checking the wiring and making sure everything is functioning as it should.

Replace Air Filters

hvac professional replaces air filer on ac after inspection

Air filters are an essential part of your air conditioning system that traps dust, hair, and other air particles that can irritate your respiratory system and damage your furnace or air conditioner. However, if they aren’t replaced, they can create a blockage that inhibits airflow. Your HVAC contractor will likely place a new air filter into your system during your HVAC system inspection.

Pest Infestation

While most of us don’t associate mice with our HVAC system, the truth is that their little teeth can wreak havoc on its electrical components. Your contractor will examine your HVAC unit for signs of pest infestations and damage, and make repairs, accordingly.

Exhaust Systems

One of the more dangerous outcomes of a broken or damaged HVAC unit is that it can start to leak carbon monoxide poisoning from the flue pipe. This can lead to carbon monoxide poisoning, which can have serious consequences and even be fatal in some instances. Your provider will carefully examine the exhaust venting and heat exchanger for any cracks or holes.

Refrigerant Levels

Your AC system is likely powered by a refrigerant chemical that gives it the ability to cool your home. If your AC isn’t cooling your home, your refrigerant might be low! Your inspector will check the refrigerant levels and refill them as needed.

Safety Equipment

One of the most important parts of testing your system comes in the form of checking the safety components of your heating and cooling machinery. This typically involves checking all of the failsafe and surge protectors in order to make sure that your home is protected in case anything fails in the future.

How Much Does an Inspection Cost?

As we mentioned above, not all inspections are created equal. The cost of inspecting your heating and cooling system will depend on a variety of factors, including:

  • The type of inspection
  • The area you live in
  • The damage that is found

Keep in mind, that if you are quoted a number by an HVAC contractor for an inspection, that doesn’t necessarily cover the cost of repairing your machinery.

The good news? An AC inspection is a relatively affordable way to keep your home running smoothly. The national average for an inspection lands somewhere between $200-$500.

Can You DIY an HVAC Inspection?

Are you a particularly handy homeowner? If so, you may be tempted to do a DIY HVAC maintenance routine.

There are some maintenance tasks that the average homeowner can do to extend the life of their heating and cooling system, including:

  • Regularly changing the air filter
  • Cleaning the outdoor condensing unit
  • Keeping the area around your outdoor unit clear of grass, leaves, or any other vegetation
  • Scheduling regular maintenance

However, experience is important. When it comes to your home, you are generally better off relying on the skills of an HVAC inspector to make sure that you and your home are getting the care that you need and deserve.

Work With a Trustworthy Professional

Ready to get your cooling system in tip-top shape for the summer? Call on the trusted team at Aquarius Home Services. Our team offers a variety of services, including HVAC installation and repair, as well as plumbing and electrical work. Whether you are looking for a yearly tune-up, or quality HVAC installations, our experts are ready to help. Contact us today to schedule your service and see the Aquarius difference!

John Reuter
John Reuter
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I was scheduled for Thursday appointment in the morning. After waiting ALL day Thursday, at 3:30 pm I was informed that the technition was not going to be coming that day, I rescheduled for Friday after 10:00 and had to wait until almost 12:00 (noon) for the technition to arrive. The technician took only about 15 minutes to complete the job. To add insult to injury, he then charged us $292.40 which I feel was (is) excessive.
Laura Wardell
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Jack O
Jack O
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Ethan was here today for our A/C check-up. He was very thorough and professional. Explained everything did an excellent job. Thanks
Arif Ali
Arif Ali
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Good communication, prompt reply to my inquiry.Professional, knowledgeable and courteous technician, Josiah, who came to the site to perform the work. Our heater was leaking. The root cause was identified and corrected immediately at the spot. Thank you.
Kent Toft
Kent Toft
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I use this business every time!!They are 10 stars great!!!!!!I can go on and onThey are the best!!!Riley is my main guyHe is polite, courteous,and very thorough!!He explains everything!!!When he us done everything is clean & perfectGGGRREAT guy. Compliment to your business and to himselfI will always go with Aquarius and ALWAYS WITH RILEYThank everyone at Aquarius!!!Kent and Kim Toft. Blaine,MN
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David Campbell
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This place was amazing. I called before 8 AM today and I was asked how they could make me smile today!! I thought I had the wrong number. Nope. I told them if they could get my central air working, I would smile. 😀Shortly after the call I received a text message with a brief bio about the technician Mike, with years of experience, stating he was on his way. If I wanted to track his location, I could click the link. Once Mike arrived it didn’t take him long to figure out what was going on with my central air unit. He described everything in detail about what was wrong with it and he took the time to answer several questions I had. Mike also cleaned the unit when he was done. I am very pleased with all aspects of this company and will definitely be using them again!
Mike (Just Mike)
Mike (Just Mike)
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David Tingstad
David Tingstad
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Nate and A. J. did some electrical work at my house. They were both knowledgeable and professional as well as personable. The finished work looks excellent. I would highly recommend them and Aquarius for any work you need done.
John Meyers
John Meyers
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Brandon was here to inspect our A/C. He did a wonderful job and suggested a couple items that might need replacing down the road. This was a very good experience and I highly recommend Aquarius.
Wendy Page
Wendy Page
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Ethan is an excellent tech and Aquarius associate. Very knowledgeable, very thorough, answered all of my questions and is respectful. Provided helpful HVAC information.
Ronald Kath
Ronald Kath
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Riley took time to explain all the services and answerd all my questions. He is very professional and knowledgeable. I feel my HVAC is working at top efficiency with the suggested preventive maintenance services. Those prevented maintenance services will help to avoid a future breakdown. He is personable. I will definitely be requesting Riley for my next scheduled service.
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Nicole Eggan
Nicole Eggan
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Everything went as planned. Installers were friendly and informative.
Ginger Murray
Ginger Murray
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We really like Aquarius' professional and friendly service. They always respond quickly when we have an issue, and we like being on their service plans for water, heating, and AC.
Debra Larsen
Debra Larsen
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Wow!! Talk about over and above in customer service! As a homeowner I highly recommend Aquarius. They were incredibly thorough and also took the time to do “extras” for me that I didn’t expect. They found and fixed problems that other companies would have walked away from. I have owned my home for 28 years and I am thrilled and just blown away by the level of excellence and customer service I received. I am going to use Aquarius for absolutely everything. Everything. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!
Alan Wetzel
Alan Wetzel
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Micah was thorough, efficient, and explained things while servicing the water heater. Also he is a pleasant person to be with during the service call.
Ben Nelson
Ben Nelson
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Great experience. Thanks for getting our A/C back on so quickly.
Terry Bilse -Kraft
Terry Bilse -Kraft
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Mike was very professional, polite and did a very good job of letting me know the condition of our AC unit.
Cherie. Skildum
Cherie. Skildum
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While the plumber was the nicest guy, I truly felt that the service was very slow. Installing 2 faucets and a shower head and simple control should never take 4 1/2 hours!! And our plumbing was up to code! A pretty big bill for a little work.
Chuck
Chuck
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Nick is awesome…figured out the recurring issue instantly. I can’t thank him enough for getting us up and running promptly and efficiently. Super positive attitude even after a long day, would request him for any future work.
Bill Sherck
Bill Sherck
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AC not working and Nicholas got to us on the weekend and problem-solved the blown fuses. No charge as warranty work. Professional. Thank goodness before excessive heat warbing! Thanks Aquarius!
Pat Alexander
Pat Alexander
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The most thorough AC check up I have EVER had in the 18 years I have owned my house. And I get AC and furnace check up done EVERY year.
Ileana Essig
Ileana Essig
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Ethan was friendly and very informative. When he arrived, I made it clear that I was not interested in additional services, just the tuneup/inspection of my HVAC system. He went over the results and answered my questions with thorough explanations without trying to upsell me via a list of ’recommendations’, which I sincerely appreciated.
Richard Pierson
Richard Pierson
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Michael Brandt
Michael Brandt
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Nick and Marcus were knowledgeable, efficient, and friendly. Great service call.
Nathan McCauley
Nathan McCauley
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Ethan did a great job servicing our A/C unit and went above and beyond the call of duty by removing the mice that had taken up residence in the unit.Thank you.
LA Paul
LA Paul
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Nicholas and Marcus went over everything in detail and explained what should be prioritized. Even tolerated the cat that wanted to supervise their work. Great employees for Aquarius, always responsive and professional. Ended up scheduling another appointment for some electrical repair. Great company to work with.
John Stiehl
John Stiehl
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Anson MacFarlane
Anson MacFarlane
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Great service!
Joel DeMarais
Joel DeMarais
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Completely satisfied with the work Chris, Nick and Matt did installing a new Furnace and A/C system. They were very thorough, courteous and professional!
Ted ALLISON
Ted ALLISON
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Raymond Cruz
Raymond Cruz
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RayVery satisfied and impressed!Thanks to Travis, David, Adam & EricFriendly, professional and knowledgeableThey arrived explained what was going to happen and kept me updated on the process.Answered my many questions.As they finished cleaning everything up. They again insured that I had no other questions before leaving.GREAT JOB!!
Patty George
Patty George
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Brandon was great! He gave great advice, had attention to details, was helpful and trustworthy. I love that I can be in a service program with Aquarius to help me remember the updates and cleanings during the year, especially when I have too many things to remember to do. ☺️
Bryce Chu
Bryce Chu
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Nick and his partner were incredibly thorough in their inspection of my AC and furnace unit. They clearly pointed out areas of concern as well as what working properly both inside and outside. They presented clear options for repair or intervention. I felt was given all the information I needed and had all my questions answered in simple direct language that most laymen unfamiliar with jargon could understand. Highly recommend.
Dale and Carol Tilden
Dale and Carol Tilden
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Aquarius takes excellent care of my water softening and heating as well as my furnace and air conditioning systems. Also just had a new electric panel installed (needed updating).
Debra Klejeski
Debra Klejeski
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Jon answered our questions and explained everything on the checklist. He was very professional and courteous!
Jeff Peterson
Jeff Peterson
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Wally Lee
Wally Lee
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Brandon did a great job for us with our A/C general maintenance check. Very knowledgeable, and was professional and efficient.
Joe Capistrant
Joe Capistrant
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Nate is wonderful. Knows his stuff. Resolved a troublesome problem. Very pleasant, enjoyable fellow.
Cindy Rae Dainsberg
Cindy Rae Dainsberg
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Brandon was exceptional. Professional. Knowledgeable. Efficient. Kind. Caring. Remembers the client from previous visits. An excellent example of what Customer Service should be to keep customers coming back.
Gary Smith
Gary Smith
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Excellent technician. Nick is an outstanding young man and very knowledgeable. I felt like he was giving me an honest assessment of my system.
mary bond
mary bond
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Our water heater went out on Fri evening. We called Aquarius early Sat morning and they said earliest they could get out was Mon. On Sun I received a text confirming our Mon appointment but on Mon morning they called and said the earliest they could get to us was the following week !We should be without hot water till then ? We are not a new customer…. 5 months previously we had a new furnace and air conditioner installed at quite an expense. I am appalled at their service or rather lack there of ! As an established customer they felt waiting approximately 10days without water was acceptable Bad, Bad, Bad !Two weeks later…The air conditioner Aquarius installed in Dec failed to cool when we turned it on on our 1st warm days. After the poor experience I had had with them I didn’t want to deal with them again but since it was under warranty I had to. We were told we would have a technician out Wed morning. After waiting at home all day they called and canceled at 4pm. We were rescheduled for Fri morning. We had several calls during the day with updates At 5:22 pm we received a cal the tech would be here at 6pm. We cancelled our dinner reservation and are awaiting his arrival.I realize our air conditioning is not an emergency but we have spent 2days waiting for our scheduled service. This is in addition to the 10days they wanted us to wait for a new water heater(which I do think is an emergency) I feel bad for the tech who I’m sure has had a long day and must now come at 6 on a Fri evening. Once again I repeat Aquarius has failed us again !!
Todd Schull
Todd Schull
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Riley was the tech that performed our membership maintenance check-up. He did an outstanding job explaining what was included in the maintenance check-up. After his inspection, he was very detailed, using pictures, to help describe what he found and he made recommendations on what should be addressed now and what could wait until our next membership maintenance check-up. He was very thorough doing the repairs, cleaning impeccably both our furnace and air conditioner. We are going to request Riley for all our member maintenance check-ups going forward.
Gary Winkel
Gary Winkel
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John Keller
John Keller
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Gordy replaced my lawn faucet once it was clear that it could not be repaired. He explained the problem and the process to fix it in a clear and professional manner. The cost were what I expected for such a job.
Robert McDivitt
Robert McDivitt
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Great service from Ethan. Very helpful and professional.
Frank Potocnik
Frank Potocnik
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Service Tech Nick was great. Thank you
Anthony Mielzarek
Anthony Mielzarek
1717713912
Riley is always a professional when coming to the house for HVAC services. He is always a pleasure to deal with! Even my dogs like him!
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