What to Expect During an AC Repair Appointment

June 25, 2016

So, all of a sudden your A/C needs repair at your Clearwater home and you have no idea what to expect. It’s nerve-wracking enough to let an air conditioner repair technician into your home, but then to not know what exactly they’re going to do can add a whole other level of concern. No worries! Midway Services is here to inform you on the standard A/C system repair process so you’ll be informed when an expert A/C system 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 silly, but they need to take a look at it to verify that it’s not just a thermostat settings error. The repairman will verify the thermostat is flipped to cool and then decrease the temperature to see if that will activate the AC. A defective or incorrectly connected wire could be the only thing that’s preventing you from having a comfortable home.

If this doesn’t resolve the trouble, the technician may need to look at your circuit breaker box. They will probably switch 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 service tech will then probably request to see the A/C. Similar to a doctor, the service tech will commence their trial and error diagnosis process. There are several factors that could be the cause for an AC that isn’t running properly, and it’s up the repairman to evaluate all the possible sources starting from the most frequent issues to the least. The process could take anywhere from five minutes to sixty, and sometimes longer.

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

Have answers, will fix

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

The technician will then go into your courses of action, which will include swapping out the part and resolving the trouble, but could also include upgrading parts of the AC system, the air conditioner itself, or your complete heating and cooling system. In particular cases, it may make more sense to invest in an entire new heating and AC system, especially if the air conditioner is past its prime, or prone to breaking down again and end up costing you more for A/C system repairs in the end. The repairman will discuss how much time, effort, and cost it will take to fix the issue.

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

Lastly, they will go over the process for repairing the failed part or fixing the problem. If you elect that AC repair is better for you than purchasing an upgraded air conditioning system, the service tech will order any parts required and plan your new appointment to fix the AC. Or, if the necessary part is already handy on their truck, they will move forward with the air conditioning repair work with your approval.

Always know that throughout Clearwater your system is in good hands with Midway Services. Our service techs are ACE-certified and have received 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 AC or what to expect with your A/C system repair, give us a call 24/7 at 727-219-2471 and we’ll be happy to walk you through the process.