What to Expect During an AC Repair Appointment

So, suddenly your A/C needs repair at your San Antonio home and you’re not sure what to expect. It’s nerve-wracking enough to allow an AC repairman into your home, but then to wonder what they’re going to do tends to add a whole other level of concern. No worries! Aramendia Plumbing, Heating and Air 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 visit your home. 

AC Repair Starts Simple 

When the repairman comes to your home, they should initially request to check your thermostat. It might sound silly, but they need to inspect it to verify that it’s not just a thermostat settings problem. The repairman will confirm 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 preventing you from having a comfortable home. 

If there is still an issue, the technician may ask you to see the circuit breaker box. They may flip 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 repairman will then probably ask to see the air conditioning equipment. Like a doctor, the repairman will begin their trial and error discovery process. There are many things that could be the cause for an air conditioning system that isn’t operating properly, and it’s up the repairman to explore all the possible reasons starting from the most typical issues to the least. This 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 check the safety controls, wiring, and electronics. 

Once the AC repairman has diagnosed the issue, he or she should explain all your options to you. The conversation will usually start with the repairman 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 repairman will then go into your options, which will include replacing the part and resolving the problem, but could also include upgrading parts of the A/C, 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 AC system, especially if the air conditioner is past its prime, or prone to breaking down again and end up with you spending more on AC repairs by the time it’s all said and done. The repairman will explain how much time, effort, and cost it will take to fix the problem. 

The repairman 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. 

Lastly, they will explain the process for repairing the failed part or fixing the issue. If you decide that AC repair is better for you than buying an upgraded A/C system, the repairman will order any parts necessary and set up your new appointment to repair the air conditioner. Or, if the necessary part is already available on their truck, they will go ahead and start the AC repair work with your authorization. 

Always know that throughout San Antonio your system is in good hands with Aramendia Plumbing, Heating and Air. Our service techs are ACE-certified and have undergone extensive background checks so you can feel comfortable with the people we send into your home. If you ever have any questions about your air conditioning system or what to expect with your AC repair, give us a call 24/7 at 210-404-4233 and we’ll be happy to discuss the process. 

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