What to Expect During an AC Repair Appointment

June 25, 2016

So, all of a sudden your air conditioning system needs repair at your La Porte home and you don’t know what that entails. It’s stressful enough to allow an A/C system repair technician into your home, but then to not know what exactly they’re going to do tends to add a whole other level of concern. Not to worry! Finch Air Conditioning & Heating is here to fill you in on the standard A/C system repair process so you can be prepared when an expert A/C system service technician needs to pay you a visit.

AC Repair Starts Simple

When the repairman arrives to your home, the first thing they will most likely do is request to see your thermostat. It might sound ridiculous, but they need to take a look at it to verify that it’s not merely a thermostat settings error. The service tech will verify the thermostat is set to cool and then reduce the temperature to see if that will trigger the air conditioning system. A flawed or incorrectly connected wire could be the culprit that’s standing in the way of you and a comfortable home.

If this doesn’t resolve the trouble, the technician may need to look at your circuit breaker box. They may set the circuit switches to off and then back to on to see if that activates the AC.

Getting to the nitty-gritty of AC Repair

The service tech will then likely ask you to see the AC system. Same as a doctor, the repairman will begin their trial and error testing process. There are multiple factors that could be the cause for an AC that isn’t running properly, and it’s up the repairman to investigate all the possible reasons starting from the most ordinary issues to the least. This process could take anywhere from five minutes to sixty, and sometimes longer.

During the A/C system diagnosis, they will probably check the air filter to make sure it’s not clogged or requires replacing. They will inspect your A/C system’s refrigerant levels, make sure the air condenser fan is circulating properly, verify that the size of your air conditioning system is appropriate for the size of your house, and check the electronics, safety controls, and wiring.

Have answers, will fix

Once the A/C system technician has found the trouble, he or she should explain all your options. The discussion will typically start with the repairman explaining what the issue is, what part (if any) went out, how or why it failed, and what that part does for your air conditioning system.

The technician will then go into your choices, which will include replacing the part and correcting the problem, but could also include upgrading parts of the air conditioner, the air conditioner itself, or your complete heating and cooling system. In particular cases, it may make more sense to invest in a whole new heating and AC system, particularly if the air conditioner is past its prime, or likely to break down again and end up with you spending more on air conditioning repairs in the end. The service tech will discuss how much time, effort, and cost it will take to rectify the issue.

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

Lastly, they will discuss the process for repairing the failed part or correcting the issue. If you elect that A/C system repair is better for you than investing in an AC system upgrade, the service tech will order any parts required and plan your new appointment to fix the A/C system. Or, if the necessary part is already available on their truck, they will go ahead and start the air conditioning repair work with your consent.

Always know that throughout La Porte your system is in good hands with Finch Air Conditioning & Heating. Our repairmen are NATE-certified and have been through extensive background checks so you can feel comfortable with the people we send into your home. If you ever have any questions about your A/C system or what to expect with your air conditioning repair, give us a call day or night at 281-407-9478 and we’ll be happy to discuss the process.

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