AC checkout/tune up $89 a good deal?

One of the big HVAC companies in the area has a coupon where you get an AC checkout, cleaning, etc for $89, including 2lbs of free refrigerant (not necessairly freon so Stormin doesn't have a fit). From what I know, this company is one of the more expensive outfits, they drive around in fancy new trucks and put on cute little shoe covers when they show up. But I don't think they are shysters either.
Sound like a good idea if you have a system that you think might not be up to par?
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trader_4 wrote:

In the 15 years that I've owned this house, I've paid not one dime to anyone to perform any service on the (now) 39-year-old furnace or the (I think) 18-year-old A/C unit, and same goes for gas water heater, gas dryer or washing machine (both of those also being 15 years old).
Have just turned on the A/C unit the first time this season a few days ago. Works fine.
Turned off gas to the furnace pilot light just recently too (it's been a cold spring).
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On 06/03/14 08:33 pm, HomeGuy wrote:

A few years ago I asked the guy who was installing our next-door neighbor's new A/C about getting ours serviced. He said, "If it's working OK, leave it alone."
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On 6/4/2014 7:12 AM, Percival P. Cassidy wrote:

I've seen units which "ran fine" but were in serious need of professional cleaning. The challenge is to find a company that does good and honest cleaning.
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Stormin Mormon wrote:

Hi, That part, cleaning I do it myself. Not that hard. At end of season I do it. Just turned on A/c last week and guess what, there is frost warning out tonight. Wife went out after supper, covered tomato and cuke plants.
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Stormin Mormon wrote:

A few years ago I took the cover off the condenser unit and cleaned it with a garden hose and a nozzle that gave me a high-velocity spray. Last year I partially removed the evaporator A frame out of the furnace plenum and cleaned it with a combination of vacuum cleaner and high-pressure air.
I also removed a couple of baffle plates that forced all air through the A frame so that about 1/3 of the plenum opening was free of airflow restriction and the other 2/3 would have to flow through the A frame. This took some load off the fan and made the furnace more efficient for winter heating. I noticed no reduction in the house cooling performance last summer after doing that. In fact, the extra airflow made just having the fan running (without A/C on) was probably more sufficient more of the time.
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HomeGuy wrote:

Hmm I never turned off pilot when I lived in Scarboro. Moisture concern. Even out here in Calgary I keep pilots on. Only pilots are in the fire places. That 39 year old fura/c tune up costs 160.00, recharging the system properly; evacuate refrigerant Puron and weigh and recharging is 260.00 from a releiable service guy.
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