What to Expect During an AC Repair Appointment

June 25, 2016

So, all of a sudden your A/C needs repair at your Fort Lauderdale home and you’re not sure what to expect. It’s daunting enough to allow 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. But fear not! Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning is here to fill you in on the basic air conditioner repair process so you will be informed when an expert AC service technician needs to come out to your house.

AC Repair Starts Simple

When the service tech comes to your home, they should initially request to check your thermostat. It might sound ridiculous, but they need to check it to confirm that it’s not simply a thermostat settings error. The repairman will check that the thermostat is set to cool and then lower the temperature to see if that will start up the air conditioner. A defective or incorrectly connected wire could be the culprit that’s standing in the way of you and a comfortable home.

If this doesn’t fix the problem, the technician may request to see your circuit breaker box. They may switch the circuit switches to off and then back to on to see if that resolves the issue with your air conditioning system.

Getting to the nitty-gritty of AC Repair

The repairman will then probably ask to see the air conditioning equipment. Like a doctor, the technician will begin their trial and error diagnosis process. There are multiple factors that could be the culprit of an AC that isn’t operating properly, and it’s up the service tech to examine all the possible reasons starting from the most common issues to the least. The diagnostic process could take anywhere from 5 to 60 minutes or more.

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

Have answers, will fix

Once the air conditioning repairman has identified the problem, they should explain all your options to you. The conversation will generally start with the repairman explaining what the issue is, what part (if any) died, how or why it died, and what function that part has for your air conditioner.

The technician will then go into your courses of action, which will involve changing out the part and correcting the problem, but may also entail upgrading parts of the air conditioner, the A/C system itself, or your complete heating and AC system. In some cases, it may make more sense to purchase an entire new HVAC system, especially if the A/C system is past its prime, or susceptible to breaking down again and end up costing you more for AC repairs by the time it’s all said and done. The repairman will discuss how much time, effort, and cost it will take to resolve the problem.

The technician may now explain what could have avoided the trouble or part failure and how to avoid a future issue. This usually includes proactive maintenance, which not only helps stop an AC breakdown, but in most situations also keeps your air conditioner’s warranty valid. Most expert AC repair businesses will offer a yearly maintenance plan so you don’t have to stress about making future HVAC tune-up appointments for your HVAC equipment.

At the end, they will explain the process for repairing the failed part or resolving the trouble. If you elect that A/C system repair is better for you than purchasing an upgraded air conditioning system, the service tech will order any parts required and plan your next appointment to repair the A/C system. Or, if the part required is already obtainable on their van, they will move forward with the air conditioning repair work with your authorization.

Keep in mind that throughout Fort Lauderdale you’re in good hands with Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning. Our technicians are ACE-certified and have undergone extensive background checks so you can feel safe and sure with the men and women we send into your home. If you ever have any questions about your A/C system or what to expect with your A/C system repair, give us a call around the clock at 954-736-4314 and we’ll be happy to discuss the process.

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