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 air conditioner repair technician into your home, but then to not know what exactly they’re going to do could add another level of anxiety. No worries! Aramendia Plumbing, Heating and Air is here to fill you in on the standard 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 repairman 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 merely a thermostat settings problem. The repairman will check that the thermostat is switched to cool and then decrease the temperature to see if that will trigger the air conditioning system. A flawed or improperly connected wire could be the only thing that’s standing in the way of you and 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 technician 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 several things that could be the reason for an air conditioning system that isn’t functioning properly, and it’s up the service tech to check all the possible sources starting from the most normal issues to the least. This process could take anywhere from five minutes to an hour, possibly longer.

During the air conditioner diagnosis, they will most likely check the air filter to verify it’s not obstructed or in need of replacing. They will inspect your AC refrigerant levels, confirm the air condenser fan is circulating properly, make sure that the size of your AC 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. The conversation will typically start with the repairman explaining what the trouble is, what part (if any) failed, how or why it went out, and how that part makes your AC operate.

The technician will then go into your courses of action, which will involve replacing the part and resolving the trouble, but may also include upgrading parts of the A/C, the AC itself, or your complete heating and cooling system. In some cases, it may make more sense to invest in a complete new HVAC system, especially if the A/C system is past its prime, or susceptible to breaking down again and end up with you spending more on A/C system repairs in the end. The service tech will explain how much time, effort, and cost it will take to resolve the issue.

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 situations also keeps your air conditioner’s warranty valid. Most expert air conditioning repair businesses will offer a yearly maintenance plan so you don’t have to stress about making future AC tune-up appointments for your HVAC equipment.

Finally, they will discuss the process for repairing the failed part or correcting the issue. If you determine 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 the air conditioner. Or, if the part needed is already obtainable 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 repairmen are ACE-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 24/7 at 210-404-4233 and we’ll be happy to walk you through the process.