What to Expect During an AC Repair Appointment

So, without notice your A/C needs repair at your Clearwater home and you’re not sure what to expect. It’s nerve-wracking enough to let an A/C system repair technician into your home, but then to not know what exactly they’re going to do could add a whole other level of concern. Not to worry! Midway Services is here to fill you in on the basic AC repair process so you’ll be prepared when an expert AC service technician needs to pay you a visit. 

AC Repair Starts Simple 

When the service tech arrives, the first thing they should do is ask to see the thermostat. It might sound silly, but they need to inspect it to verify that it’s not just a thermostat settings problem. The service tech will check that the thermostat is set to cool and then lower the temperature to see if that will trigger the air conditioning system. A faulty or improperly connected wire could be all that’s keeping you from a comfortable home. 

If there is still an issue, the technician may need to look at your circuit breaker box. They might 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 most likely ask to see the air conditioning equipment. Like a doctor, the service tech will begin their trial and error diagnosis process. There are multiple things that could be the culprit of an air conditioning system that isn’t functioning properly, and it’s up the service tech to inspect 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 most likely check the air filter to verify it’s not clogged or in need of replacing. They will check the AC refrigerant levels, verify the air condenser fan is rotating properly, confirm that the size of your air conditioning system is appropriate for the size of your home, and inspect the electronics, safety controls, and wiring. 

Once the AC service tech has discovered the issue, he should explain all your options to you. The conversation will usually start with the service tech explaining what the issue is, what part (if any) failed, how or why it failed, and what that part does for your air conditioning system operate}. 

The service tech will then go into your options, which will include replacing the part and correcting the issue, but could also include upgrading parts of the air conditioner, the air conditioner itself, or your whole heating and AC system. In some cases, it may make more sense to purchase a whole new heating and cooling system, especially if the air conditioner is past its prime, or likely to break down again and end up with you spending more on AC repairs by the time it’s all said and done. The service tech will explain how much time, effort, and cost it will take to fix the issue. 

The service tech might at this point explain what could have been done to prevent the issue or part failure and how to prevent a future problem from happening. This usually includes being proactive with annual maintenance, which not only helps avoid an AC breakdown, but in most cases also keeps your air conditioner’s warranty valid. Most expert AC repair companies will offer an annual maintenance plan so you don’t have to think about making future HVAC tune-up appointments for your home. 

At the end, they will explain the process for repairing the failed part or correcting the issue. If you decide that AC repair is better for you than investing in an AC system upgrade, the service tech will order any parts necessary and set up your new appointment to repair the air conditioner. Or, if the part required is already available on their vehicle, they will go ahead and start the AC repair work with your approval. 

Always know that throughout Clearwater your system is in good hands with Midway Services. Our technicians are ACE-certified and have undergone extensive background checks so you can feel comfortable with the men and women we send into your home. If you ever come across any questions about your air conditioning system or what to expect with your AC repair, give us a call 24/7 at 727-219-2471 and we’ll be happy to walk you through the process. 

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