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

Living at ease in the summer can be taken for granted, mainly until you feel a taste of discomfort with an air conditioner malfunction. It can happen 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 warm enfolded in your covers. Think you’re feeling this discomfort? It might be time 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 reads that the temperature is beyond 80 degrees. It’s often times caused by an outdated or faulty air conditioner that needs a call to the professionals to find out what’s wrong. There are many explanations why air conditioners stop working, especially considering the weather in Westminster. Here are some things that you can search for before you call True Heating & Cooling if you think your air conditioner has quit working:

  • Broken outdoor fan motor: There is a fan motor on your outdoor air conditioning system that helps flow the heat from your home to the outdoors. If you inspect your system and see that the fan isn’t functioning properly, it means that the heat movement isn’t happening, causing the warm air to remain in your home. This problem can also cause overheating of the compressor and other possible internal damage to your system.
  • Dirty filters: It’s one of the most familiar issues that True Heating & Cooling sees. These dirty filters in your air conditioner reduce proper airflow, affecting the air quality in your home, which is really problematic when allergy season hits. Dirty air filters can also reduce the efficiency in your home and boost your monthly energy costs.
  • Blocked air flow: Always check for an barrier or obstruction in your return-air or supply-air grille. This can set off your air conditioner to decrease efficiency and slow down.
    TIP: Make sure the grilles aren’t concealed by furniture or other home items, also.
  • Outside obstructions: Proper air flow could be also hindered from exterior 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 free from obstacles and is cleaned routinely to reduce the likelihood of air conditioner replacement.

Once you’ve gone through these four system checks and your air conditioner still isn’t working, here are a list of questions and tests that you should look into and answer to get your system up and functioning again. (Only progress 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 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 whole or has it blown a fuse or tripped a circuit breaker?
  6. If none of these things change your system procedure, call True Heating & Cooling at 720-316-1898.

Don’t let an air conditioner breakdown or replacement keep you restless at night. If you follow these procedures and keep your system under regular maintenance, you should have you air conditioner working again in no time. Our team at True Heating & Cooling in Westminster is always here to assist – give us a call at 720-316-1898.

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