What should I ask a professional AC service?
Like we mentioned above, you should ask for proof that they are both licensed and insured to do the work that needs to be done. With this out of the way, you can ask the following:
- How many years have you been in business?
- Do you have customer reviews or testimonials?
- What warranty do you offer for labour and parts?
- Have you worked on a particular AC brand?
- Do you take care of any required permits?
- Are you a part of any industry organizations?
- Will you remove and properly discard broken parts?
Can I fix my AC myself?
You should definitely not mess around with the inner workings of the unit itself. This should always be left to the experts.
But you can check a few things before calling out for a repair service to narrow down or eliminate some basic causes.
- Check that your thermostat is working properly
- Swap out the air filter and see if that helps
- Rule out a tripped breaker on your panel
- Turn off the unit to prevent additional damage
Should I just replace my air conditioner instead of repairing it?
This almost always comes down to cost. If your unit is still under warranty, it makes sense to have the manufacturer and service providers cover the repair and get you back up and running. Most of the time, you won’t pay anything for this.
If you are facing fees for parts and labour, consider the age of your AC system. Recently out of warranty systems may still have a lot of life left in them, and it can be more advantageous to repair and move on.
You may also want to ask your professional service provider for a quote for both air conditioning repair and for a new system. If the costs are closing in on each other, you may want to consider opting for a new air con with fresh warranties and greater efficiency.
What could I have done to prevent this repair in the first place?
While it might sound discouraging, there might not be a lot you can do to stave off air conditioning repairs. This equipment can get a lot of use, and wear and tear are normal over time.
Running your system only when you truly need it can cut down on usage, which can then reduce the wear on parts. Proper regular maintenance from a professional service can also keep things running clean and identify issues before they become worse.
Did my AC unit make my electric bill go up?
Seasonal spikes in an electric bill are normal if you start running your air con more in the warmer months. But if you notice your bill increasing while the time you run your system remains the same, you could have an efficiency issue.
First, check the air filter and replace it if it’s starting to get clogged. The system needs proper air flow in order to run properly. You might also want to check around your house to make sure your windows and doors are closed and sealed off correctly.
With that ruled out, a professional maintenance service might be best. A technician can rule out any other functional issues that are causing the system to run less efficiently. They can also provide some advice about the age of your unit. Older units become less efficient over time, and this could impact your utility bills over the long term.