During the hot summer months it is a necessity for your air conditioner to operate at optimum capacity. An air conditioner which is properly maintained means a reliable cooling source when you need it the most. Given Australia’s climate, air conditioning repair companies suggest regular maintenance should be carried out once a year. If your unit is neglected, count on the system to use more energy, debris clogging, and potentially unhealthy air. Also consider that the air conditioning may break down for good due to these problems. A good maintenance schedule will satisfy the manufacturer’s warranty and catch any minor problems.
When Your Air Conditioner Needs Repaired
Before you call an air conditioner repairer for a quote, have ready the information about the air conditioning system. They will want to know unit size, model number, type, and how old the unit is. Remember to ask questions as you go. Some important questions to ask are:
- Are the parts from the manufacturer?
- How long will it take to repair air conditioner?
- Is there a warranty for the air conditioning repair?
- What is the total cost of fixing the system?
Explain your problem with the system as clearly as you can so the repairer can give an accurate quote. This quote could be a flexible, approximate figure according to the depth of the repair problem. Get a quote from various reputable companies. Many air conditioning companies have an hourly rate, unless the system is assessed with a bigger repair needing special order parts. Typically rates for repair are charged between fifty dollars an hour or more.
If you have an air conditioner that is more than eight years old, repairing it may be more expensive than replacing the unit unless the problem is simple like dirt clogging up the condenser or just a worn fan belt. Ask your air conditioner professional to assess the overall condition of your air conditioner. If your warranty has expired, and the repair is expensive, you may find yourself in a ‘repair or replace’ dilemma with your unit. Many people want to know if they can postpone a repair. Remember a unit may continue to operate even through strange noises and diminished effectiveness, but eventually the unit could burn out or break down completely, leaving you then to replace it.
As the summer months bring hot days, your air conditioning system should be in top shape. Preventive maintenance is the key to an efficient running unit. If you have to get a repair, hire a service provider that has the experience and is competent to solve the problem.