On the hottest days, the worst thing that can seem to happen is for your air conditioner to stop working. It may seem like it never gets cool in your home or your AC works constantly, which leads to high costs and frustratingly long days with inefficiencies. It may be time to call a technician for repairs, but how long does it take to repair an AC?
At Ambient Edge, we are as efficient as possible to get any type of AC repair you need taken care of as quickly as possible. We encourage you to call us as soon as possible, too, since that will ultimately minimize the amount of damage that needs to be repaired in a nonworking system.
What to Expect in AC Repair Times
The length of time it will take for your air conditioner repairs is ultimately dependent on the amount of work that needs to be done and the company you call. It also depends on how old your AC system is. Here are some examples of what you may be able to expect.
One of the most common types of problems associated with air conditioners is a malfunctioning thermostat. Today’s models are more complex than ever, and they can be hard to update and manage on your own. Our technicians can typically troubleshoot the thermostat and repair it or replace it for you within an hour or so.
If you are noticing a system that is not turning on and off normally, this could be a key problem.
Another common problem associated with AC systems is low refrigerant. Many air conditioners use a refrigerant that is recycled through the system time and time again to help with cooling the air. Over time, it can be depleted, and at other times, a leak may occur.
If your home just needs the refrigerant filled or recharged, it typically only takes a couple of hours for the technician to come to you, inspect the problem, and then get it back up and working again. If there is a leak, though, that is going to take some additional troubleshooting. We will need to find the leaks and repair them as a first step before moving forward with refilling the refrigerant. This process may take two or more hours in difficult situations.
If your air conditioner is working by turning on and off, but it is not getting any cooler in your home, that could be due to a lack of refrigerant. Other times, it may just seem to be blowing hot air from all the vents.
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A much larger problem occurs when the air conditioner is working just fine, but the home’s ductwork is faulty. The ductwork has the job of moving cooled air throughout the home, from the air conditioner through each room of the home. It does this, typically, through metal systems that run through the walls out of sight.
However, there are many situations where the ductwork will develop worn areas or rust. Sometimes, animals may nest in it or chew their way through it. This can make the home’s AC system fail to work properly.
Ductwork repairs can be more complex and take more time, depending on how extensive the problem is and the options available for repairs. Our team can troubleshoot those concerns and offer a more reliable long-term solution with more information. This type of repair problem can take several days to complete.
Replacing an Old Air Conditioner with a New One
A larger job that you may need to have done from time to time is to have the old air conditioner upgraded and replaced with a new one. This becomes necessary in all homes over time, thanks to normal wear and tear. When you need to replace the old model, there could be the need to make some upgrades to your home’s electrical system or ductwork, and doing that now may be beneficial.
Most of the time, replacing an old system requires removing the existing one, making any repairs necessary, and switching to a new one. Most often, the new system will be on hand and ready to go for you unless your home has very special needs. Once in hand, you can expect this job to be done in a day, and sometimes just a matter of hours when there is little upgrading that needs to be done.
How to Know What to Expect for Your Home’s System
When your air conditioner does not seem to be working properly, or you find that your home’s energy bills are on the rise, do not wait to give our team a call. We can come to you to do some troubleshooting to find out what is going wrong and then offer viable repair strategies to get it back up and going.
Sometimes, the best course of action is to replace the non-functioning system with one that is newer and more efficient. We do not encourage you to replace your system unless that is the best option for you over the short- and long-term based on your budget, concerns with your existing system, and the timeline. Other times, repairs are able to be conducted, and parts for the system are available. Some factors that can impact how long this process will take include:
- Demand for our technicians in the area
- Availability of parts and components for your make and model
- New system availability
Call Ambient Edge Today
Here is the good news. Our team is available to you 24/7, which means that if your AC is not working, we are happy to help you get it back up and working so you can cool down. The sooner you give us a call, the sooner we can work with you to ensure your home’s temperature comes down to a level that you can appreciate soon.
We are happy to offer free quotes before any work is done. Part of that quote will be an estimated amount of time for how long it takes to repair your AC system.