What to Expect During an AC Repair Appointment

June 25, 2016

So, without notice your AC system needs repair at your Fort Myers home and you have no idea what to expect. It’s daunting enough to let an A/C system repair technician into your home, but then to not be sure what they’re going to do could add even more unnecessary stress. Not to worry! Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning is here to update you on the basic A/C system repair process so you can be informed when an expert air conditioning service technician needs to pay you a visit.

AC Repair Starts Simple

When the repairman comes to your home, they should initially request to check your thermostat. It might sound silly, but they need to check it to verify that it’s not merely a thermostat settings error. The repairman will check that the thermostat is programmed to cool and then lower the temperature to see if that will start up the AC. A flawed or improperly connected wire could be all that’s keeping you from a comfortable home.

If this doesn’t fix the problem, the technician may request to see your circuit breaker box. They will probably flip the circuit switches to off and then back to on to see if that resets the system.

Getting to the nitty-gritty of AC Repair

The repairman will then most likely ask to see the air conditioner. Similar to a doctor, the service tech will start their trial and error testing process. There are many factors that could be the reason for an AC that isn’t functioning properly, and it’s up the service tech to evaluate all the possible sources starting from the most usual issues to the least. This process could take anywhere from 5 to 60 minutes or more.

During the air conditioner diagnosis, they will most likely check the air filter to verify it’s not clogged or requires replacing. They will check the A/C system’s refrigerant levels, confirm the air condenser fan is circulating properly, confirm that the size of your A/C system is right for the size of your residence, and check the wiring, electronics and safety controls.

Have answers, will fix

Once the air conditioner technician has found the issue, he or she should explain all your choices to you. The conversation will typically start with the technician explaining what the problem is, what part (if any) died, how or why it went out, and how that part makes your air conditioner operate.

The service tech will then go into your options, which will entail changing out the part and fixing the issue, but may also include upgrading parts of the AC system, the AC itself, or your complete heating and cooling system. In some cases, it may make more sense to purchase a whole new HVAC system, specifically if the A/C system is past its prime, or likely to break down again and end up with you spending more on AC repairs in the long run. The technician will explain how much time, effort, and cost it will take to rectify the issue.

The technician may at this point explain what could have been done to avoid the problem or part failure and how to keep a future problem from happening. This generally includes seasonal maintenance, which not only helps prevent an A/C system breakdown, but in most cases also keeps your air conditioning warranty valid. Most expert AC repair businesses will offer an annual maintenance plan so you don’t have to stress about making future HVAC tune-up appointments for your systems.

Lastly, they will discuss the process for repairing the failed part or resolving the trouble. If you decide that air conditioning repair is better for you than buying an upgraded A/C system, the service tech will order any parts needed and plan your next appointment to repair your AC. Or, if the part required is already obtainable on their van, they will move forward with the AC repair work with your go-ahead.

Always know that throughout Fort Myers you’re in good hands with Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning. Our technicians are NATE-certified and have undergone extensive background checks so you can feel confident with the technicians we send into your home. If you ever have any questions about your HVAC equipment or what to expect with your A/C system repair, give us a call day or night at 239-908-6991 and we’ll be happy to walk you through the process.

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