If you're a young homeowner and you've never called for AC repairs before (or you've never had to because you've lived in a cooler climate without AC for most of your life), you may be wondering how the process goes when you do call one in. It's pretty similar to calling another technician, such as a plumber or a furnace repair expert, but just to be sure, try going through this list and make sure you complete these steps to make your AC technician's job easier.
1. Don't mess around with stuff if you're not an expert
Trying to diagnose your own AC unit may be the popular thing to do, but trying to fix it on your own is often a poor choice. This is especially true if the issue is a severe one that could have compounded into a larger issue or if it's one that may be simply a symptom of a deeper problem. If you think you know what the problem is, feel free to let the technician know what you've discovered; it may help save time in the diagnostic process (although the technician may want to give your system a thorough checkup just to rule out other problems as well). But don't go ahead and try to fix the problem yourself without the correct tools, then only call for professional help when things go wrong. Messing with machinery that you don't understand is not only dangerous but can also be very expensive.
2. Keep plants and weeds away from the unit
To optimize airflow to your unit, you should always keep branches and bushes trimmed back several feet and make sure the unit never gets overgrown with weeds. However, sometimes things slip when you're busy, and right before your contractor comes over is a great time to give the outside unit a once-over to make sure there's plenty of room to move around without having weeds tangling around your ankles or pine branches brushing your clothing. (Your contractor will really appreciate this.)
3. Double-check to make sure you're not overlooking something
While it's never a good idea to try DIY repairs on machinery when you have no idea what you're looking at, that doesn't mean you shouldn't check before calling the problem in to make sure it's not some easily remedied thing such as closed vents or a thermostat set to the wrong temperature. These things can be easy to overlook, especially if you know you didn't change them yourself, but it's possible someone else did change them when you're not looking. No technician wants to travel all the way out to your house only to discover that they're completely unneeded.
Talk with a company like JV Systems Air Conditioning and Heating of Tampa Bay Inc for more information.