The Top Air Conditioning Services Questions To Ask Before Your Visit
Does the AC system only kind of cool your home? Whether the air conditioner blows warm air, cools unevenly, or just doesn't seem to work effectively and efficiently, you need to schedule an AC repair service. Before you call for an appointment, take a look at the top questions to ask the contractor about air conditioner services visits and AC repairs.
Should You Try To Fix the System Yourself First?
A do-it-yourself fix seems like a cost-saving approach. But you're not sure if the problem with your air conditioner is too complex to tackle yourself. If you're not sure why the system won't cool your home completely or AC repairs are new to you, talk to a professional. Instead of watching a YouTube video on repairs and trying the first fast fix you learn about online, ask a contractor what they think about the severity of the problem and the complexity of the repair.
It's likely that a professional will want to look at your system. Provided the issue at fault is something more than a simple filter change, you will need to schedule an appointment. Not only does a professional have the knowledge and experience necessary to accurately diagnose and repair an AC system, but the contractor can also reduce the safety risks and home hazards that a DIY approach could create.
Should You Turn the System Off?
Energy-efficient or high-efficiency air conditioners can reduce the average homeowner's energy usage by between 20 and 50 percent, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. But if your system doesn't work correctly, you could lose these energy reductions and spend more than necessary on electricity costs.
A system that is worn, damaged, or requires a repair won't cool a home efficiently. Wear and damage force an air conditioner to work harder than it should. The result is a higher energy need and warmer interior air. If your system isn't working, the contractor may recommend that you turn it off while you wait for your service appointment.
Along with potentially reducing use-related costs, turning the system off temporarily can stop additional damage and may allow the technician to get a better picture of the problem. If the evaporator coils are frozen, they will need time to defrost. This isn't likely to happen during the service call. Instead, the coils will need more time for the ice to melt. The defrosted coils will help the technician to diagnose the possible problem and may help your system cool your home again.
Reach out to a local air conditioning services contractor to learn more.