How an HVAC Expert Can Fix Your Air Conditioner
If your air conditioner isn’t getting your home or building cool enough, it could be because the machine needs repair. Of course, if the unit is making bad sounds or is otherwise obviously malfunctioning, it definitely needs to be fixed. In either case, hiring an expert is the best way to get back to enjoying cool days and nights indoors.
When looking for someone to fix your air conditioner, an HVAC repair company is the first place to turn. HVAC stands for “Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning.” As the name implies, most HVAC repairman can fix furnaces, air conditioners, ductwork and associated systems. Thanks to their specialization, they are able to spot problems that would be vexing to most laymen.
There are many ways an HVAC expert can repair your air conditioner. Needless to say, which method will be used depends on what is wrong with the unit. Diagnosing the problem is therefore the first step in a repair visit. You can make this step easier and faster by giving a detailed description of what has been going on when you run the unit.
If the air conditioner runs but doesn’t cool anything, a lack of fluid could be the problem. A pressure test will show whether the unit has the right amount of coolant. If it doesn’t, it shows that there must be a leak somewhere in the system. The technician will track down and repair this leak before refilling the air conditioner with new fluid. Leaks must be fixed first because the new coolant would just leak away if the main problem isn’t taken care of.
Sometimes, a lack of cooling comes from a failed compressor. If the compressor isn’t working, it can often be repaired. If repairs aren’t feasible, or would cost as much as a new part, a new compressor will be installed instead.
If the machine won’t run at all, an electrical problem is often at fault. Before calling for an HVAC expert, first check your fuses or circuit breakers to make sure power is able to reach the unit. If the fuses or breakers are letting current through, it’s time to call for repairs. The repairman will open up the unit and check its wiring and connections for shorts, burnt components and other such problems. Once the problem is pinned down, new parts will be installed as needed.
These are just a couple of the many ways an HVAC expert can fix your air conditioner. No matter what’s wrong with the machine, the first step is diagnostics. With an expert’s help, figuring out the cause of the problem can be done in a fairly short time. After the diagnosis is complete, it won’t be long before your air conditioner is fixed and humming along like new.
Peter Wendt is a freelance article writer and commercial researcher working out of Austin. To find out more on this topic, Peter suggests you take a look at Autumn AC which he has found to be a useful resource.