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What Wetumpka, AL Homeowners Should Do When Scheduling an AC Repair

Are you living in Alabama and getting ready for the summer? 

Before you start enjoying the sunny weather, there are a few things you need to know.

The temperature typically sits around 79 degrees, but it can get as hot as 100 degrees in the summertime. While that heat can be bearable from inside your air-conditioned home, you need to be prepared if something happens to your system. 

Knowing what to do when you need a home AC repair is crucial. The last thing you may want to think about is your air conditioner leaking or shutting down during the hottest months of the year. However, as a homeowner, you need to be prepared and ready. 

That’s why we’ve created this guide on the AC repair process for you. With over 30 years of experience, we are knowledgeable on all things about your AC unit, and below, we’re going to share our knowledge with you! 

Emergency Services 

Sitting in a hot, humid house for days while you wait for repairs is less than ideal, especially in summer in Wetumpka, AL. If your AC unit does start acting up, many companies have emergency services available. 

These services can come in handy and give you peace of mind. However, you should know after hours repairs are typically more expensive. When you’re calling a professional due to an emergency, be sure to ask how long it will take them to arrive and you should also inquire about additional fees. 

Parts Aren’t Imstoragetely Available

You should be aware when you’re scheduling your home AC repair, whether it’s an emergency or not, the needed parts may not be readily available. A large company is going to be stocked with common parts.

However, if you have an older model or a less common brand, parts may need to be ordered. This will take time and you’ll need to have a backup plan if your home AC unit can’t get fixed for several days. 

Discontinued Parts

There are times when replacing your unit is a better and cheaper choice. This is rare, but if your AC unit is more than 15 to 20 years old, the manufacturer may no longer be producing that model anymore. This means certain parts aren’t able to be ordered new. 

If you don’t want to replace your system, your technician may be able to build the missing part or find a used one. However, both of these options are riskier. 


Many homeowners are concerned about the cost when they need an AC repair and rightfully so. The cost of your repair will be dependent on the extent of the damage. 

A professional will come into your home and diagnose the problem. From there, they will be able to give you a quote.

This number should be close to the final, with labor and parts included. However, you should be prepared for a slight increase just in case. 

Typically, these quotes and estimates are free. Many AC companies will also offer financing options as well, which can be very useful if you’re on a tight budget. 

Before You Call 

Before you call to schedule your appointment, there are a few things you can do. First and probably easiest, you can check your batteries in the thermostat.

If you don’t see anything on the screen, this may be the issue and a quick and easy fix. Another easy solution that may fix the problem is flipping the breaker. 

Air conditioning units typically have a switch on the inside and outside portion of the unit. If something flipped the switch, it may have turned on your unit. It’s easy to check and will save you from having to call in an expert. 

Filters that haven’t been cleaned or replaced can cause more issues than you may think. You should be changing them out regularly, but if you haven’t done so in a while, this may be causing the problems.

Blocked filters force your AC system to work harder than it has to, which will require more frequent repairs. They will also increase your monthly bill, so be sure you’re switching those out. 

If your system is on but not producing cool air, it may be due to a blocked drainage line. Take the time to check the drain pan and line for water. If there is a blockage, try to clear it out. 

Prepping For Your Appointment

After you’ve scheduled your AC tune-up appointment. There are a few things you need to do before the technician arrives. 

Take the time to remove all potential hazards. This includes that area around your AC unit. Your technician should have easy access to assess the situation and find out the issue. 

You should also have your questions written down. During your appointment, it’s easy to overwhelm will information and you don’t want to forget to ask about one of your concerns. 

It’s also courteous to have your pets put away during your appointment.  

Home AC Repair

You have a lot of things to take care of as a homeowner. It’s easy to let your AC system slip your mind. This, however, can lead to a frustrating mistake. 

While you don’t need to spend hours thinking about your unit every day, it’s important that you know if your unit stops working properly. We want your home in Wetumpka, AL to be as comfortable as possible, but we are here if something goes wrong. 

Whether you need a free estimate, home AC repair, or simply have questions, contact us here at Clark Heating, Air Conditioning, and Plumbing. 

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My technician was Doug. I had an emergency plumbing issue and he came right out and worked diligently until the issue was fixed! I was very impressed with his professionalism and knowledge. I recommend this business and Doug! They had to come back out and fix an additional problem we found from the first instance and Brad accompanied Doug. They were both professional and completed the work in a timely fashion.


Clark’s Plumbing to save the day. Team Jeremy and Doug saved me time, frustrations, and money on upgrading our hot water heater. They were very professional, personable, and considerate of what is best for the customer. They were on time, courteous and friendly. They worked diligently and were honest. These values are hard to find in today’s environment. I really appreciate Team Jeremy and Doug. These guys are amazing.

Nicole S.

Had a leak appear by the back door. Called Clark heating and air conditioning, left a message and within five minutes had Jeremy call me back. He was out at my house within twenty minutes which was very quick. He quickly found the problem which was the ac stack, he removed the clog quickly. I was afraid it was going to be something more serious but thankfully it was simple. Awesome service and will be my go to company for a/c and plumbing. Jeremy was very professional and did a wonderful job.

Tim B.

Great experience with this company. I called Tuesday morning about my pilot light no longer working in the water heater, and Doug and Jeremy came out that afternoon. They were quick and efficient and made sure they explained what was going on and what could be done. Sadly, I needed an entire new unit, which required an electrician. Clark’s set that up as well, and I didn’t have to make any calls to get it done.

Jonathan M.

Was awoken to water pouring out of hot water heater in the hall and scrambled to find water shut off, got the water off and called Clark. Doug and Jeremy were here in under five minutes. Amazing!!! After a quick inspection they ascertained it was a ‘thermal unit’ and had us back to hot water in under 30 minutes! I sincerely and highly recommend Clark and specifically these two gentleman. We could not be more satisfied with the work and their comportment while here. True PROFESSIONALS!

James B.

Came out to service A/C after beginning membership. Couldn’t be happier, the air is running great now. Zack even took care of a wasp nest on my front porch. Very nice people and very prompt. Will definitely be using from here on!

Amanda B.

We would like to Thank the Clark Heating, air conditioning and Plumbing team members Jeremy and Doug for coming out to Tonnie Caldwell home making sure everthing was taken care of explaining everything to us about what needed to be done and was on time and very clean in doing there job and making sure we were happy in the service they provided. I will be calling you all again for any service that I may have in the future. Thanks once again.

Sheila I.

Doug and Jeremy arrived on time they both were courteous and professional took extra care wearing foot protectors and mask , could not ask for better service than these fellas performed.

Jeff W.

I called this morning for an issue with my water heater and leaky bathroom faucet. The company promptly sent out two awesome technicians Doug and Jeremy. They were prompt, professional and knowledgeable. Will definitely be using in the future and would recommend to anyone in need of service!

Bernadette E.

For over a year, I have used Clark’s to service my air conditioning system, but recently I decided to upgrade. Norah and Blake was very professional, on time, and knowledgeable. Just like Clark’s was recommended to me, I will also recommend them to someone else, because they are the best company for air and heating needs .

Rotonya S.

We recently had both plumbing and thermostat issues. Clark came out very quickly to assess our situation and even though the plumbing required a lot of work, they finished in a couple of days. Ryan with heating and air was knowledgeable and pleasant. Doug and Jeremy were patient with all of our plumbing questions, knowledgeable about the work and products, then did a great job fixing our regulator and putting in a tankless water heater.

Shelby T.

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