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

May 28, 2015

Living at ease in the summer can be taken for granted, particularly until you experience a taste of discomfort with an air conditioner failure. It can hit at the worst moments; you’re eating lunch and suddenly recognize 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 an occasion for an air conditioner replacement.

More often than not, it isn’t the thermostat’s mistake; the settings can be operating correctly, but it still reads that the temperature is above 80 degrees. It’s most often caused by an old or faulty air conditioner that demands a call to the experts to find out what’s wrong. There are many causes for why air conditioners break down, especially bearing in mind the weather in Circleville. Here are a couple of things that you can examine for before you call Stephen Hurst Pack Heating and Cooling, Inc if you think your air conditioner has broken down:

  • 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 scrutinize your system and find that the fan isn’t running, it means that the heat transfer isn’t happening, causing the warm air to remain in your home. This failure can also initiate overheating of the compressor and other potential internal destruction to your system.
  • Dirty filters: It’s one of the most common troubles that Stephen Hurst Pack Heating and Cooling, Inc sees. These dirty filters in your air conditioner decrease proper airflow, affecting the air quality in your home, which is really tricky when allergy season hits. Unclean air filters can also reduce the efficiency in your home and boost your monthly energy costs.
  • Blocked air flow: Always check for an obstruction or obstruction 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 hidden by furniture or other home items, as well.
  • Outside obstructions: Correct air flow could be also deterred from exterior blockages near your system, such as shrubbery, trees, lawn chairs, etc. When the air flow is hindered, it can change it’s cooling abilities. Make sure that your system is unrestricted by obstacles and is cleaned frequently to lower 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 additional checks that you should check and answer to get your system up and functioning again. (Only go to the next question if the system doesn’t start after doing the step before it):

  1. Is your thermostat temperature set 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 alter your system operation, call Stephen Hurst Pack Heating and Cooling, Inc at 740-474-5940.

Don’t let an air conditioner malfunction or replacement keep you up at night. If you follow these procedures and keep your system under regular maintenance, you should have you air conditioner operating again in no time. Our team at Stephen Hurst Pack Heating and Cooling, Inc in Circleville is always here to be of service – give us a call at 740-474-5940.