Are you getting ready to have your home's air conditioner repaired? Here are a few important questions to ask when your service provider shows up to do the work:

How Long Will the Repair Process Take?

Things can get messy and noisy while your service provider is working on your air conditioning system, so it's a good idea to find out how long the repairs should take so you can make sure that your family will be out of the house at that time. Getting the kids out of the house and putting the pets in kennels will minimize the risk of injury and will help ensure that nobody gets in the way of your service provider while they work so the repair process isn't delayed in any way.

If possible, schedule the repairs to be made while everyone is at work and school even if you must split the repair work into multiple days. If this isn't possible, consider setting up play dates for the kids or taking them out for a day at the movies and the park.

What if the Air Conditioner Can't Be Repaired?

There is a small chance that your service provider may not be able to get your air conditioner working again for some reason. While this likely won't happen, you should prepare just in case by asking your service provider what options you'll have. Will you still have to pay for the repairs if the repairs don't work? Do they sell used or refurbished air conditioners you can replace your broken one with? Are payment plans offered on new options? Knowing the answers to these questions will help ensure that you have time to make a game plan if your air conditioner needs to be replaced altogether.

Is Extended Warranty Protection Available?

Once your air conditioner has been repaired (or replaced if necessary), you'll want to make sure that you don't end up having to pay for more repairs again anytime soon. While you can't guarantee that you won't face the need for more repairs, you may be able to protect yourself financially by purchasing an extended warranty.

An extended warranty will pay for some if not all the repairs you find yourself needing in for the next few years depending on how long your warranty is good for. Your service provider should be able to tell you what warranty options are available to you, if any, any get you set up with the coverage so that the cost of future repairs will be at least partially covered.