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

Living in coolness in the summer can be taken for granted, particularly until you encounter a taste of uneasiness with an air conditioner failure. It can hit at the worst moments; you’re eating lunch and suddenly realize how warm your kitchen feels or you can’t fall asleep at night because you are so hot bound in your covers. Think you’re feeling this uneasiness? It might be an occasion for an air conditioner replacement.

More often than not, it isn’t the thermostat’s error; the settings can be running properly, but it still reads that the temperature is beyond 80 degrees. It’s often times caused by an ancient or faulty air conditioner that demands a call to the pros to find out what’s wrong. There are many explanations why air conditioners break down, especially considering the weather in Wheeling. Here are a couple of things that you can look for before you call Local HVAC Repair & Service if you think your air conditioner has stopped working:

  • Broken outdoor fan motor: There is a fan motor on your external air conditioning system that helps transport the heat from your home to the outdoors. If you examine your system and see that the fan isn’t functioning properly, it means that the heat movement isn’t occurring, causing the warm air to hang around in your home. This failure can also initiate overheating of the compressor and other potential internal damage to your system.
  • Dirty filters: It’s one of the most likely issues that Local HVAC Repair & Service sees. These unclean filters in your air conditioner reduce appropriate airflow, affecting the air quality in your home, which is really problematic when allergy season comes around. Dirty air filters can also decrease the efficiency in your home and boost your monthly energy costs.
  • Blocked air flow: Always check for an obstacle or blockage in your return-air or supply-air grille. This can initiate your air conditioner to waste efficiency and slow down.
    TIP: Make sure the grilles aren’t concealed by furniture or other home items, as well.
  • Outside obstructions: Proper air flow could be also deterred from outdoor obstructions close to your system, such as shrubbery, trees, lawn chairs, etc. When the air flow is altered, it can affect it’s cooling capabilities. Make sure that your system is uninhibited by obstacles and is cleaned regularly to reduce the likelihood 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 tests that you should look into and answer to get your system up and running again. (Only go to the next question if the system doesn’t turn on after doing the step before it):

  1. Is your thermostat temperature fixed below the indoor temperature?
  2. Is your system switch in the COOL position?
  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 whole or has it blown a fuse or tripped a circuit breaker?
  6. If none of these things alter your system operation, call Local HVAC Repair & Service at 224-300-4806.

Don’t let an air conditioner malfunction or replacement keep you restless at night. If you follow these steps and keep your system under regular maintenance, you should have you air conditioner running again in no time. Our team at Local HVAC Repair & Service in Wheeling is always here to help – give us a call at 224-300-4806.

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