HVAC Tune-Up

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Austin, TX 78704

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Saving energy and money go hand-in-hand. We can all contribute to reducing Austin’s energy demand by making simple lifestyle changes and energy-efficient home improvements. When demand decreases, we all save. Austin Energy is committed to helping our customers achieve the greatest savings possible.

HVAC Tune-Up

Save money and keep your business comfortable and cool. Improve the performance of an existing air conditioning or heat pump system and earn a rebate.

Tune-ups help your HVAC systems recover lost efficiency and reduce your operating expenses. They allow your equipment to operate more safely and improve overall comfort levels within your facility. Tune-ups also help extend the life of existing HVAC systems and can help your business avoid costly repairs.

Participating Contractor Required

Tune-ups must be completed by an approved participating contractor to qualify for this offering. Participating contractors meet Austin Energy requirements for licensure, insurance, workmanship, and equipment. See the Find a Contractor tab.

Pre-approval from Austin Energy is required before work may begin.

The HVAC Tune-up rebate is a proof-of-concept offering is intended to cover most, if not all, of the cost of performing a tune-up for heat pumps, package units, and split system units that are 25 tons or smaller. The cost of air filters and additional repairs, if approved by the customer, will require out of pocket costs. Tune-ups must be completed by participating contractors.

Tonnage Base Rebate (per unit) Max Auxiliary Rebate*
<5 $175 $30
5 - 9.9 $200 $30
10 - 14.9 $250 $30
15 - 19.9 $350 $50
20 - 25 $500 $50

 

*Qualifying auxiliary equipment: contactors, capacitors, and fuses. One auxiliary rebate allowed per HVAC unit. No bonus incentives are available for this proof-of-concept offering.

 

 

For a summary of requirements, rebate levels, and scope of work, see Commercial HVAC Tune-Up Summary (pdf).

Program Requirements

  • Pre-approval from Austin Energy is required before work may begin.
  • Equipment must operate weekdays between 3:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m., June through September. Educational facilities and houses of worship are exempt from this requirement.
  • During this proof-of-concept, participating contractors must submit pre- and post- tune-up photo verification for each HVAC unit rebated.
  • Invoices are required for all projects. If the total tune-up cost exceeds the rebate level offered, then the invoice must be itemized and include equipment and labor. If the auxiliary rebate is used, then the installed equipment must be included on the invoice.
  • Replacement parts installed must carry a minimum one-year warranty covering parts and labor.
  • This rebate is only available for Austin Energy customers with commercial electric service. The building where the equipment will be installed must comply with the Energy Conservation Audit and Disclosure (ECAD) ordinance (unless exempt or located outside of Austin city limits).
  • Equipment must use electricity as its primary or secondary fuel type and be installed in permanent building or structure.
  • Austin Energy reserves the right to deny or adjust all rebate applications.

HVAC Tune-Up Requirements

  • Eligible equipment: includes Heat pumps, package, and split system units that are 25 tons or smaller.
  • HVAC equipment covered under existing service contracts or preventative maintenance agreements are eligible on a case-by-case basis and only if the unit requires refrigerant.
  • HVAC system must be working and between three to 15 years of age on average. It cannot be visually damaged, and must be able to have the 75% scope of work completed. Exceptions must be approved by Austin Energy and are granted on a case-by-case basis. After an Austin Energy tune-up rebate has been paid, that unit is ineligible to receive another rebate for three years.
  • Work must be completed by a participating contractor. Exceptions for in-house maintenance staff must be approved by Austin Energy. A Texas Air Conditioning Class A or B License is required for each company performing the HVAC Tune-up. Lead technicians should hold a TDLR Technician Certification.
  • Depending on the system’s current performance, the customer may be asked to pay for additional refrigerant or repairs identified by the contractor. No additional cost will be incurred without customer’s prior approval.
  • HVAC Tune-Up rebates are not eligible for the Small Business Bonus Rebate.
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Application

  • An Austin Energy representative or participating contractor will contact you to collect information about your business and determine rebate eligibility.
  • An Austin Energy approved participating contractor must perform the installation to qualify for this rebate. The participating contractor will complete and submit the application.
  • Once your application has been accepted, the participating contractor will schedule a site visit to develop and review the scope of work with you before any work is completed.

Installation and Inspection

  • Installation will begin after the scope of work and any potential out-of-pocket costs are agreed upon between the customer and the participating contractor.
  • Austin Energy staff may conduct real time inspections for quality assurance.

Final Approval and Payment

  • Austin Energy will review the rebate and issue payment to the participating contractor or customer.

Contact Austin Energy for More Information

Call 512-482-5346 or email Commercial Rebates if you have any questions about our rebates.

Participating Contractor Required for Rebate

An Austin Energy approved participating contractor must perform the installation to qualify for this rebate. Participating contractors meet Austin Energy requirements for licensure, insurance, workmanship, and equipment.

In addition, Austin Energy participating contractors must comply with all program requirements and conduct business in an honest, professional, and ethical manner. All participating contractors must abide by the Austin Energy Code of Conduct and Ethical Requirements (pdf)​.

COVID-19 Precautions

Austin Energy and participating contractors are following the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines to protect themselves and members of the community.

The utility urges customers to do the same to ensure everyone’s health and safety and not to approach crews unless necessary to exchange information.

Austin Energy and participating contractor staff will:

  • Remain at least six feet back to maintain physical distancing
  • Wear a recommended face covering

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The selection of a Participating Contractor to perform work is the sole decision of the property owner and/or authorized lessee/occupant. Inclusion in this directory does not represent an endorsement by Austin Energy of any product, individual, or company. No work is guaranteed or warranty expressed or implied, and Austin Energy makes no guarantees as to the quality, cost, or effectiveness of the products provided and work performed by the contractor, employees, or subcontractors.

Disclaimer

Funding is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Offerings, program guidelines, and rebate levels are subject to change without notice. Rebate funds are encumbered (committed to be paid) during the fiscal year in which they are to be disbursed.

The maximum combined rebate is $300,000 per customer site per fiscal year (October through September). 



Date last reviewed or modified: 4/20/21
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