How to Handle a Broken Air Condition Unit

by | Mar 15, 2013 | Heating and Air Conditioning

Discovering your air condition unit has stopped working properly can throw anyone into a state of panic. All sorts of worries will flash through your mind. You’ll find yourself stressing about how intense the heat will get before you can get the system fixed, how much the repairs will cost, and how big a hassle the repairs are going to be.

Taking a deep breath and reminding yourself that panicking won’t help anything needs to be your first priority. No matter how hot it might be outside, there are things worse than a broken air condition unit that you could be dealing with. Handling the situation with patience and logic will go a long ways towards coming up with the best possible solution.

Take a minute to double check on the age of your air condition unit. If it’s still fairly new and you’ve done a good job maintaining it, having it repaired will be your best option. If it’s an older system, like more than a decade, you might want to hold off on calling your repair person and set aside some time to check out the newer models. Eventually your unit will wear out and there’s no point in having extensive work done on a piece of equipment which will need to be replaced in a year or two. The models currently on the market have been designed to be very energy efficient, which goes along ways towards offsetting the purchase price. Relying on fans and open windows for a few days while you do some research won’t hurt anything.

If you decide to have your system repaired. Make sure you’re able to accurately describe the problem you’ve encountered. The accurate description allows the repair professionals judge the problem and to provide you with a reasonable estimate. Make sure they promise to honor the estimate, which you’ll want to keep in a safe place. You’ll also want to make sure it includes both labor and parts.

It doesn’t matter if you need repairs, or if you just want to have some maintenance work done on your air condition unit, you’ll want to take the time to check out the reputation of the company you ultimately hire to do the work. In addition to making sure they’re licensed and insured, you’ll want to make sure they have a reputation for keeping scheduled appointments and that they do good work. In addition to asking your friends and family for their opinions, you should also check for online reviews. Make sure any company you use agrees to guarantee their work.

It’s rare for an air conditioner to unexpectedly stop working. There’s usually warning signs. The best way to prevent surprise will be taking the time to learn how the unit is supposed to work, and paying attention to how it’s maintained.


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