What to Expect During an AC Repair Appointment

June 25, 2016

So, all of a sudden your air conditioning system needs repair at your San Antonio home and you don’t know what that entails. It’s daunting enough to welcome an A/C system repair technician into your home, but then to not be sure what they’re going to do could add even more unnecessary stress. No worries! San Antonio Air Service Experts is here to update you on the basic air conditioning repair process so you’ll be prepared when an expert AC service technician needs to come out to your house.

AC Repair Starts Simple

When the service tech comes to your home, they should initially request to check your thermostat. It might sound ridiculous, but they need to inspect it to verify that it’s not merely 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 flawed or wrongly connected wire could be all that’s preventing you from having a comfortable home.

If there is still an issue, the technician may need to look at your circuit breaker box. They may flip 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 technician will then likely request to see the AC system. Same as a doctor, the service tech will commence their trial and error discovery process. There are many things that could be the cause for an air conditioner that isn’t running properly, and it’s up the service tech to explore all the possible sources starting from the most typical issues to the least. The process could take anywhere from five minutes to sixty, and sometimes longer.

During the air conditioner diagnosis, they will likely check the air filter to make sure it’s not clogged or in need of replacing. They will inspect your AC refrigerant levels, make sure the air condenser fan is circulating properly, confirm that the size of your A/C system is suitable for the size of your home, and check the safety controls, wiring, and electronics.

Have answers, will fix

Once the air conditioning technician has found the problem, he or she should explain all your options. The discussion will generally start with the technician explaining what the trouble is, what part (if any) failed, how or why it failed, and how that part makes your A/C system operate.

The repairman will then go into your options, which will involve swapping out the part and resolving the trouble, but might also involve upgrading parts of the air conditioner, the air conditioner itself, or your whole heating and AC system. In certain cases, it may make more sense to invest in a whole new HVAC system, especially if the AC is past its prime, or susceptible to breaking down again and end up causing you to spend more on A/C system repairs in the long run. The service tech will go over how much time, effort, and cost it will take to rectify the issue.

The repairman may at this point explain what could have been done to avoid the trouble or part failure and how to prevent a future problem from happening. This usually includes proactive maintenance, which not only helps stop an A/C system breakdown, but in most situations also keeps your AC system’s warranty valid. Most expert air conditioning repair companies will offer a yearly service plan so you don’t have to worry about making future heating and cooling tune-up appointments for your systems.

Lastly, they will discuss the process for repairing the failed part or fixing the issue. If you decide that air conditioning repair is better for you than purchasing an upgraded air conditioning system, the technician will order any parts needed and set up your new appointment to repair the A/C system. Or, if the part needed is already accessible on their van, they will begin the air conditioner repair work with your consent.

Remember that throughout San Antonio your system is in good hands with San Antonio Air Service Experts. Our service techs are NATE-certified and have undergone extensive background checks so you can feel safe and sure with the people we send into your home. If you ever think of any questions about your air conditioning system or what to expect with your AC repair, give us a call 24/7 at 210-570-9705 and we’ll be happy to explain the process.

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