Air Conditioner Replacement: what to do when your air conditioner stops working

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Living in coolness in the summer can be taken for granted, particularly until you experience a taste of anxiety with an air conditioner malfunction. It can occur at the worst moments; you’re eating lunch and abruptly realize how warm your kitchen feels or you can’t fall asleep at night because you are so warm wrapped in your covers. Think you’re feeling this uneasiness? It might be the moment for an air conditioner replacement.

More often than not, it isn’t the thermostat’s fault; the settings can be operating correctly, but it still states that the temperature is over 80 degrees. It’s most often caused by an old or faulty air conditioner that needs a call to the pros to find out what’s wrong. There are many causes for why air conditioners break down, especially bearing in mind the weather in New Castle. Here are a few things that you can examine for before you call Central Heating & Plumbing if you think your air conditioner has broken down:

  • Broken outdoor fan motor: There is a fan motor on your exterior air conditioning system that helps move the heat from your home to the outdoors. If you scrutinize your system and see that the fan isn’t working, it means that the heat relocation isn’t happening, causing the warm air to hang around in your home. This failure can also cause overheating of the compressor and other potential internal harm to your system.
  • Dirty filters: It’s one of the most common troubles that Central Heating & Plumbing sees. These dirty filters in your air conditioner decrease suitable airflow, affecting the air quality in your home, which is really tricky when allergy season comes around. Dirty air filters can also reduce the efficiency in your home and raise your monthly energy costs.
  • Blocked air flow: Always check for an obstacle or jam in your return-air or supply-air grille. This can initiate your air conditioner to waste efficiency and decelerate.
    TIP: Make sure the grilles aren’t covered by furniture or other home items, as well.
  • Outside obstructions: Correct air flow could be also deterred from exterior obstructions around your system, such as shrubbery, trees, lawn chairs, etc. When the air flow is deterred, it can affect it’s cooling abilities. Make sure that your system is uninhibited by obstacles and is cleaned routinely to reduce the chance of air conditioner replacement.

Once you’ve completed these four system checks and your air conditioner still isn’t operating, here are a list of questions and additional checks that you should look into and answer to get your system up and working again. (Only progress to the next question if the system doesn’t switch on after doing the step before it):

  1. Is your thermostat temperature programmed below the indoor temperature?
  2. Is your system switch in the COOL spot?
  3. Is the outdoor unit power supply switch ON?
  4. Is the furnace/air handler power supply ON?
  5. Is your house fuse box/breaker box intact or has it blown a fuse or tripped a circuit breaker?
  6. If none of these things alter your system operation, call Central Heating & Plumbing at 724-401-1843.

Don’t let an air conditioner malfunction or replacement keep you up at night. If you follow these procedures and keep your system under annual maintenance, you should have you air conditioner operating again in no time. Our team at Central Heating & Plumbing in New Castle is always here to help – give us a call at 724-401-1843.

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