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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, especially until you experience a taste of uneasiness with an air conditioner malfunction. It can happen at the worst moments; you’re eating lunch and abruptly feel how warm your kitchen feels or you can’t fall asleep at night because you are so toasty bound in your covers. Think you’re feeling this uneasiness? It might be the moment for an air conditioner replacement.

Usually, it isn’t the thermostat’s fault; the settings can be running properly, but it still says that the temperature is above 80 degrees. It’s often times caused by an old or faulty air conditioner that needs a call to the pros to find out what’s wrong. There are many explanations why air conditioners break down, especially taking into consideration the weather in Colfax. Here are a few things that you can search for before you call Ackerman Heating & Air Conditioning if you think your air conditioner has stopped working:

  • 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 scrutinize your system and discover 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 malfunction can also trigger overheating of the compressor and other likely internal damage to your system.
  • Dirty filters: It’s one of the most familiar problems that Ackerman Heating & Air Conditioning sees. These unclean filters in your air conditioner reduce proper airflow, affecting the air quality in your home, which is really tricky when allergy season comes around. Unclean air filters can also reduce 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 set off your air conditioner to decrease 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 hindered from exterior blockages close to your system, such as shrubbery, trees, lawn chairs, etc. When the air flow is hindered, it can influence 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 operating, here are a list of questions and additional checks that you should check and answer to get your system up and working again. (Only move on to the next question if the system doesn’t switch 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 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 intact or has it blown a fuse or tripped a circuit breaker?
  6. If none of these things change your system function, call Ackerman Heating & Air Conditioning at 509-397-3622.

Don’t let an air conditioner failure or replacement keep you awake at night. If you follow these steps and keep your system under routine maintenance, you should have you air conditioner running again in no time. Our team at Ackerman Heating & Air Conditioning in Colfax is always here to assist – give us a call at 509-397-3622 or schedule an appointment online for us to come look at your air conditioner and answer any questions you may have.