What to Expect During an AC Repair Appointment
Updated: Aug 2
So, suddenly your air conditioner needs repair at your Los Angeles or San Diego home, and you're not sure what to expect. It's daunting enough to let an AC technician into your home, but not being sure what they're going to do tends to add another level of anxiety. No worries! We Do HVAC is here to inform you about the general A/C system repair process, so you will be ready when an expert AC service technician needs to come out to your house in Los Angeles and San Diego, CA.
AC Repair Starts Simple
When the technician arrives, the first thing they should do is ask to see the thermostat. It might seem silly, but they need to look at it to ensure it's not merely a problem of thermostat settings. The repairman will check that the thermostat is programmed to cool and then reduce the temperature to see if that will trigger the air conditioning system. A flawed or improperly connected wire could be the only thing preventing you from having a comfortable home.
The AC technician may ask you to see the circuit breaker box if this doesn't resolve the trouble. They might 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 service tech will most likely ask you to see the air conditioner. Like a doctor, the technician will commence their trial and error testing process. Many things could be the culprit of an air conditioning system that isn't running correctly, and it's up to the technician to inspect all the possible sources starting from the most typical issues to the least. The process could take anywhere from 5 to 60 minutes or more.
During the air conditioner diagnosis, they will probably check the air filter to verify it's not obstructed or needs to be replaced. They will inspect your AC refrigerant levels, verify the air condenser fan is spinning correctly, confirm that your AC size is right for your residence's size, and check the electronics, safety controls, and wiring.
Have answers, will fix.
Once the air conditioning service tech has found the issue, they should explain all your options to you. The conversation will generally start with the technician describing the problem, what part (if any) died, how or why it failed, and what that part does for your air conditioning system.
The service tech will then go into your courses of action, which will entail changing the part and resolving the trouble. It could also involve upgrading parts of the air conditioner, the air conditioner itself, or your entire HVAC system. In particular cases, it may make more sense to buy completely new heating and AC system, especially if the AC is past its prime or prone to breaking down again and end up costing you more for A/C system repairs by the time it's all said and done. The service tech will discuss how much time, effort, and cost it will take to fix the problem.
The service tech might explain what could have prevented the issue or part failure and how to avoid a future issue. This generally includes proactive maintenance, which helps avoid an AC breakdown and keeps your AC system's warranty valid in most situations. Most will offer a yearly maintenance plan, so you don't have to think about making future HVAC tune-up appointments for your systems.
Finally, they will explain the process for repairing the failed part or resolving the problem. If you decide that A/C system repair is better for you than investing in an AC system upgrade, the technician will order any parts required and set up your next appointment for AC repair. Or, if the necessary part is already handy on their vehicle, they will move forward with the air conditioning repair work with your approval.
Remember that you're in good hands throughout Southern California with We Do HVAC.