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

May 28, 2015

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 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 discomfort? It might be the moment for an air conditioner replacement.

More often than not, it isn’t the thermostat’s error; the settings can be working appropriately, but it still states that the temperature is over 80 degrees. It’s often times caused by an old or faulty air conditioner that requires a call to the professionals to find out what’s wrong. There are many reasons why air conditioners break down, especially considering the weather in Marshfield. Here are some things that you can search for before you call House of Heating Incorporated if you think your air conditioner has quit working:

  • Broken outdoor fan motor: There is a fan motor on your exterior air conditioning system that helps transport the heat from your home to the outdoors. If you inspect your system and discover 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 problem can also cause overheating of the compressor and other potential internal destruction to your system.
  • Dirty filters: It’s one of the most likely troubles that House of Heating Incorporated sees. These dirty filters in your air conditioner reduce suitable airflow, affecting the air quality in your home, which is really difficult when allergy season comes around. Unclean air filters can also decrease the efficiency in your home and raise your monthly energy costs.
  • Blocked air flow: Always look for an obstruction or blockage in your return-air or supply-air grille. This can cause your air conditioner to decrease efficiency and slow down.
    TIP: Make sure the grilles aren’t concealed by furniture or other home items, too.
  • Outside obstructions: Correct air flow could be also deterred from exterior obstructions near 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 routinely to reduce the chance of air conditioner replacement.

Once you’ve worked through these four system checks and your air conditioner still isn’t working, here are a list of questions and tests that you should check 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 programmed 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 intact or has it blown a fuse or tripped a circuit breaker?
  6. If none of these things fix your system operation, call House of Heating Incorporated at 715-384-3163.

Don’t let an air conditioner malfunction or replacement keep you restless at night. If you follow these tips and keep your system under routine maintenance, you should have you air conditioner working again in no time. Our team at House of Heating Incorporated in Marshfield is always here to help – give us a call at 715-384-3163.