When you know the HVAC repair technician is on their way, you might not think too much about it because you are on the right track to repairing and maintaining your unit. However, to get the best results and have a seamless visit, there are a few things that you can do to prepare. Some of these you may already do, and that’s great! Either way, this checklist is designed to serve as a reminder, or it can be an excellent resource for new homeowners that have never owned an HVAC system before.
Clean debris from the outside of the unit
Make sure the outside of the unit is accessible and that debris is cleaned from around the unit. You want the outside to be safe for the technician as they are working on the unit, and for them to be able to get to work as quickly as possible. Plus, cleaning the outside of your unit can help keep AC repairs from occurring prematurely and helps your unit work in the best condition possible.
Clear the area around vents and the unit
Depending on your particular issue, the AC technician may need access to vents and you’ll want to have these clear. Clean the area around the vent of any loose objects such as clothing, and adjust the furniture to ensure it isn’t blocking the airflow. If you don’t want to move furniture to give access to the vent because you aren’t able, contact the technician ahead of time and let them know. They’ll be able to guide you from there about whether they need access.
Have a plan for pets
If you have pets, make sure you have a plan for them, so they are out of the way. The AC repair technician will need access to many areas inside and outside the home, and even the friendliest pets can get underfoot and cause a dangerous situation. While we love four-legged friends, it’s essential that they are thought of ahead of time to ensure they don’t get in the way of getting the job done quickly and with attention to detail.
Be at home for the allotted times of the HVAC technicians visit
While it can be tempting to make a quick trip to the grocery store while waiting for a technician to show up, you need to make sure you are at home for the allotted times the HVAC technician is going to arrive. With a wait for you to arrive, it can cause a lot of scheduling issues for the rest of the day, as well as make the process take longer.
Communicate costs before the work is done
If you tell an HVAC technician to go ahead and perform the heating and cooling repairs without knowing the cost, then you may be surprised when the bill comes. Make sure you are communicating with them throughout the process and that the services fall within your budget. If they don’t, you can speak with a specialist about financing options.