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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 anxiety with an air conditioner malfunction. It can hit at the worst moments; you’re eating lunch and unexpectedly realize how warm your kitchen feels or you can’t fall asleep at night because you are so warm enfolded in your covers. Think you’re feeling this discomfort? It might be time for an air conditioner replacement.

Often times, it isn’t the thermostat’s error; the settings can be operating properly, but it still states that the temperature is over 80 degrees. It’s most often caused by an outdated or faulty air conditioner that demands a call to the professionals to find out what’s wrong. There are many explanations why air conditioners break down, especially bearing in mind the weather in Saint Charles. Here are a couple of things that you can examine for before you call Air Alliance Team if you think your air conditioner has broken down:

  • Broken outdoor fan motor: There is a fan motor on your outdoor air conditioning system that helps move the heat from your home to the outdoors. If you inspect your system and see that the fan isn’t running, it means that the heat transfer isn’t occurring, causing the warm air to stay in your home. This problem can also trigger overheating of the compressor and other possible internal destruction to your system.
  • Dirty filters: It’s one of the most familiar issues that Air Alliance Team sees. These unclean filters in your air conditioner reduce proper airflow, affecting the air quality in your home, which is really difficult when allergy season comes around. Dirty air filters can also lower the efficiency in your home and increase your monthly energy costs.
  • Blocked air flow: Always search for an obstacle or jam in your return-air or supply-air grille. This can initiate your air conditioner to waste efficiency and reduce speed.
    TIP: Make sure the grilles aren’t covered by furniture or other home items, too.
  • Outside obstructions: Proper air flow could be also slowed down from outdoor blockages near your system, such as shrubbery, trees, lawn chairs, etc. When the air flow is deterred, it can influence it’s cooling capacities. Make sure that your system is uninhibited by obstacles and is cleaned frequently to decrease the chance of air conditioner replacement.

Once you’ve gone through these four system checks and your air conditioner still isn’t running, here are a list of questions and tests that you should look into and answer to get your system up and running again. (Only move on to the next question if the system doesn’t start after doing the step before it):

  1. Is your thermostat temperature fixed below the indoor temperature?
  2. Is your system switch in the COOL setting?
  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 ok or has it blown a fuse or tripped a circuit breaker?
  6. If none of these things fix your system function, call Air Alliance Team at 636-229-1544.

Don’t let an air conditioner failure or replacement keep you up 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 Air Alliance Team in Saint Charles is always here to be of service – give us a call at 636-229-1544.

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