Without warning, the AC unit in your home stops working, but you are uncertain of the next steps. It can be overwhelming simply inviting an AC technician into your home, but when you are unsure of how they will proceed, it’s an entirely different degree of concern. Though we’re not an HVAC company, we do work in HVAC financing, so we know a lot about the subject. Microf is here to educate you on the fundamental AC repair process so you’ll be more informed when the technician arrives.
Step 1: Assess the Indoor Component
The technician will first take a look at your indoor AC component, checking your thermostat to ensure that it is properly communicating with the unit. It may sound obvious, but they have to verify that it’s not a thermostat malfunction or settings issue. The technician will set the thermostat to cool and make sure that the air conditioning responds to the setting. A damaged or disconnected wire could be compromising the comfort level in your home. If the thermostat appears to be working correctly, the technician might ask to see your electrical panel. A circuit may have tripped, causing a malfunction with your AC.
The technician will also inspect the evaporator coil, which is also part of the interior component of the AC. If there is no obvious signs of damage, they will also check to make sure that the filter is clean. An AC filter needs to be changed every three months or so to ensure that the unit can run at maximum capacity.
Step 2: Inspect the Outdoor Unit for the Cause
The technician will then inspect the condenser – the outside AC component. The condenser is basically the “motor” of your AC unit. It is typically the large box that sits outside your home. Inside the condenser is the compressor, which changes the refrigerant from a liquid to a gas – which is then circulated through the condenser. There are numerous parts that could be damaged that might affect the performance of your AC. The technician will investigate them all – which could take anywhere from five minutes to an hour.
During the AC repair analysis, they will look at the system’s refrigerant levels, check that the condenser fan is running properly, ensure that the size of your AC unit is sufficient for the size of your home, and inspect the security mechanisms, wiring, and other interior components.
Step 3: Walk You Through the Solutions
When the AC technician discovers the root of the problem, they should be able to describe it you clearly and concisely. Make sure that any suggested repairs/replacements are written down along with the estimate. Most reputable HVAC companies won’t start a repair until after you have agreed to the estimated cost. If the technician does not mention this important proviso, firmly communicate that it’s what you insist upon.
What If AC Repair Won’t Fix the Problem?
In that case, you’ll need a new HVAC unit. They can be expensive if you’re buying them outright, but oftentimes people aren’t prepared for that kind of financial burden. There’s financing for HVAC units, but approval isn’t guaranteed, as credit checks are performed. Even if you’re approved, the monthly costs can vary. Instead, consider a lease-to-own HVAC program. Get the AC you need now, without a background check, and at a reasonable monthly cost! Call the experts at Microf today at 855-642-7631 to learn more!