Emergency AC Repair: What To Do When Your AC Fails


What do you do during an Emergency AC Repair 77070

At this point in the season, an air conditioner breakdown will be accompanied by significant inconvenience and discomfort.  To make the situation worse, anticipate a wait for repairs, as the repair tech’s schedule is likely to be quite full. Developing a plan to prevent breakdowns and minimize the wait time is best.

Schedule Regular Maintenance to Avoid Emergency AC Repair

  • Change air filters regularly. The most avoidable damage to air conditioning systems is the strain created by clogged air filters. The buildup of airborne particles restricts airflow and diminishes the cooling function. This eventually forces the blower motor to strain to overcome the blockage and a cascade of problems develop.
  • Remove clutter around condenser units. The outdoor portion of the air conditioner system is called the condenser unit. The condenser unit cools the refrigerant gas, so when grass or shrubs grow too close or leaves and trash collect around it, it restricts airflow. If the refrigerant gas does not cool properly, the condenser/compressor WILL overheat and result in catastrophic failure.

Many problems can be avoided by scheduling annual maintenance visits by a trained HVAC professional.

Identify Symptoms of Emergency AC Repair

Be prepared to connect with a repair technician concerning symptoms of the problem system.

  • Does the air conditioner not work? When did this occur? What might have happened immediately before the problem arose (lightning strike, power surge)?
  • Does the system blow plenty of air, but the air is warm/hot? Is the air cool, but not cool enough? When did this occur and what might have preceded the symptom?
  • Does the system blow cool air, but not enough cool air to cool the space? Does the system run continuously without cooling the space?
  • Is the space more humid than it should be? Are surfaces, including skin, “sticky” and the air muggy?

Uncovering symptoms may shorten the time required by a technician to identify and correct the problem.

Identify Obvious Indicators of an Emergency AC Repair

  • Listen for unusual or loud noises. Air conditioning noises should be “background noise” to business and life. When normal noises increase in volume or new sounds develop, record your notes and bring them to the technician’s attention. Humming, clicking, grinding, and banging noises all indicate different problems. If possible, locate the source and frequency of the noise.
  • Observe visual changes. A sudden leak might be a clogged drain line. It might be melting ice from a frozen evaporator or condenser coil. A frozen coil gives a clear message to the repair technician.
  • New or unusual smells. The source of smells might be hard to identify, but the information may be extremely helpful during repairs.

An air conditioning system comprises mechanical, electrical, and chemical components, all working together for a single purpose. The system requires maintenance, but maintenance will not keep the system functioning indefinitely. Enough data exists to state that air conditioning systems typically last between 15 and 20 years; excellent maintenance often adds 5 years to useful life.

This research is a likely topic of conversation during the repair. An emergency repair might be a Band-Aid for a system on the decline. The solution might be a planned replacement of the system. Consult with the repair technician concerning age and the best replacement solution.

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