What to Expect During an AC Repair Appointment

June 25, 2016

So, all of a sudden your air conditioning system needs repair at your Waukegan home and you have no idea what to expect. It’s nerve-wracking enough to let an AC repairman into your home, but then to not know what exactly they’re going to do can add a whole other level of concern. But fear not! Robinson Service Experts is here to inform you on the basic air conditioning repair process so you will be prepared when an expert AC service technician needs to visit your home.

AC Repair Starts Simple

When the service tech comes to your home, they should initially request to check your thermostat. It might sound silly, but they need to check it to make sure that it’s not merely a thermostat settings error. The repairman will verify the thermostat is flipped to cool and then lower the temperature to see if that will start up the air conditioner. A defective or incorrectly connected wire could be the only thing that’s keeping you from a comfortable home.

If this doesn’t fix the problem, the technician may ask you to see the circuit breaker box. They might switch 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 technician will then probably ask you to see the air conditioning equipment. Like a doctor, the service tech will begin their trial and error diagnosis process. There are many things that could be the cause for an air conditioner that isn’t running properly, and it’s up the repairman to investigate all the possible causes starting from the most ordinary issues to the least. This process could take anywhere from five minutes to an hour, possibly longer.

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

Have answers, will fix

Once the air conditioner technician has diagnosed the trouble, he or she should explain all your choices to you. The discussion will usually start with the technician explaining what the trouble is, what part (if any) died, how or why it failed, and how that part makes your A/C system operate.

The service tech will then go into your options, which will involve replacing the part and correcting the problem, but may also entail upgrading parts of the AC system, the air conditioner itself, or your complete heating and AC system. In some cases, it may make more sense to invest in an entire new heating and AC 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 air conditioning repairs by the time it’s all said and done. The service tech will go over how much time, effort, and cost it will take to resolve the trouble.

The technician might now explain what could have avoided the problem or part failure and how to avoid a future issue from occurring. This generally includes seasonal maintenance, which not only helps stop an air conditioning breakdown, but in most situations also keeps your air conditioner’s warranty valid. Most expert AC repair centers will offer an annual maintenance plan so you don’t have to stress about making future HVAC tune-up appointments for your systems.

At the end, they will go over the process for repairing the failed part or fixing the issue. If you elect that A/C system repair is better for you than buying an upgraded A/C system, the technician will order any parts needed and schedule your next appointment to fix your AC. Or, if the part required is already obtainable on their van, they will go ahead and start the AC repair work with your permission.

Always know that throughout Waukegan your HVAC equipment is in good hands with Robinson Service Experts . Our service techs are ACE-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 come across any questions about your AC or what to expect with your A/C system repair, give us a call day or night at 847-306-8730 and we’ll be happy to walk you through the process.