What to Expect During an AC Repair Appointment

June 25, 2016

So, all of a sudden your A/C needs repair at your Toronto home and you don’t know what that entails. It’s nerve-wracking enough to let an A/C system repair technician into your home, but then to wonder what they’re going to do can add a whole other level of concern. Not to worry! Service Experts Commercial HVAC is here to inform you on the general air conditioning repair process so you’ll be prepared when an expert A/C system service technician needs to pay you a visit.

AC Repair Starts Simple

When the technician 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 confirm that it’s not just a thermostat settings problem. The technician will verify the thermostat is switched to cool and then lower the temperature to see if that will start up the air conditioner. A faulty or improperly connected wire could be the only thing that’s standing in the way of you and a comfortable home.

If this doesn’t resolve the trouble, the technician may request to see your circuit breaker box. They will probably flip 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 then probably ask to see the air conditioning equipment. Like a doctor, the repairman will begin their trial and error diagnosis process. There are many things that could be the reason for an A/C system that isn’t functioning properly, and it’s up the repairman to inspect all the possible causes starting from the most standard issues to the least. The process could take anywhere from five minutes to an hour, possibly longer.

During the air conditioning diagnosis, they will likely check the air filter to confirm it’s not clogged or needs to be replaced. They will check the A/C system’s refrigerant levels, confirm the air condenser fan is spinning properly, confirm that the size of your air conditioning system is suitable for the size of your house, and inspect the wiring, electronics and safety controls.

Have answers, will fix

Once the A/C system technician has discovered the problem, they should explain all your choices to you. The exchange will typically start with the repairman explaining what the problem is, what part (if any) failed, how or why it went out, and what function that part has for your air conditioner.

The service tech will then go into your options, which will include replacing the part and resolving the trouble, but might also involve upgrading parts of the air conditioner, the AC itself, or your whole heating and AC system. In certain cases, it may make more sense to buy a whole new HVAC system, particularly if the AC is past its prime, or prone to breaking down again and end up costing you more for AC repairs in the long run. The repairman will discuss how much time, effort, and cost it will take to fix the issue.

The repairman may at this point explain what could have avoided the issue or part failure and how to keep a future problem from happening. This usually includes yearly maintenance, which not only helps prevent an AC breakdown, but in most situations also keeps your AC system’s warranty valid. Most expert air conditioning repair businesses will offer an annual maintenance plan so you don’t have to think about making future heating and cooling tune-up appointments for your home.

At the end, they will explain the process for repairing the failed part or fixing the problem. If you determine that AC repair is better for you than purchasing an upgraded air conditioning system, the technician will order any parts necessary and schedule your new appointment to fix your AC. Or, if the necessary part is already available on their van, they will begin the AC repair work with your approval.

Remember that throughout Toronto your system is in good hands with Service Experts Commercial HVAC. Our repairmen are NATE-certified and have been through extensive background checks so you can feel safe and sure with the men and women we send into your home. If you ever have any questions about your A/C system or what to expect with your A/C system repair, give us a call around the clock at 905-453-6700 and we’ll be happy to discuss the process.

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