What to Expect During an AC Repair Appointment

June 25, 2016

So, suddenly your AC system needs repair at your San Antonio home and you have no idea what to expect. It’s daunting enough to welcome an AC repairman into your home, but then to not know what exactly they’re going to do could add a whole other level of concern. No worries! Aramendia Plumbing, Heating and Air is here to inform you on the basic air conditioning repair process so you can be ready when an expert AC service technician needs to visit your home.

AC Repair Starts Simple

When the technician comes to your home, they should initially request to check your thermostat. It might seem silly, but they need to inspect it to verify that it’s not just a thermostat settings problem. The repairman will check that the thermostat is programmed to cool and then decrease the temperature to see if that will trigger the air conditioning system. A flawed or incorrectly connected wire could be the only thing that’s keeping you from a comfortable home.

If this doesn’t resolve the trouble, 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 likely request to see the air conditioning equipment. Like a doctor, the repairman will commence their trial and error discovery process. There are many variables that could be the reason for an air conditioning system that isn’t running properly, and it’s up the service tech to inspect all the possible sources starting from the most normal issues to the least. The diagnostic process could take anywhere from 5 to 60 minutes or more.

During the air conditioning diagnosis, they will probably check the air filter to verify it’s not obstructed or needs to be replaced. They will inspect your AC refrigerant levels, confirm the air condenser fan is spinning properly, make sure that the size of your air conditioner is correct for the size of your residence, and examine the safety controls, wiring, and electronics.

Have answers, will fix

Once the air conditioner repairman has discovered the trouble, they should explain all your options to you. The discussion will usually start with the technician explaining what the trouble is, what part (if any) failed, 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 include replacing the part and resolving the trouble, but may also include upgrading parts of the A/C, the air conditioner itself, or your complete heating and cooling system. In some cases, it may make more sense to purchase a complete new heating and cooling system, especially if the A/C system is past its prime, or susceptible to breaking down again and end up costing you more for A/C system repairs in the end. The service tech will discuss how much time, effort, and cost it will take to fix the problem.

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

Lastly, they will explain the process for repairing the failed part or correcting the issue. If you choose that air conditioning repair is better for you than buying an upgraded A/C system, the service tech will order any parts necessary and plan your new appointment to fix your AC. Or, if the part needed is already handy on their van, they will move forward with the air conditioning repair work with your authorization.

Remember that throughout San Antonio you’re in good hands with Aramendia Plumbing, Heating and Air. Our technicians are NATE-certified and have undergone extensive background checks so you can feel confident 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 A/C system repair, give us a call day or night at 210-404-4233 and we’ll be happy to walk you through the process.

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