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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, especially until you encounter a taste of anxiety with an air conditioner failure. It can happen at the worst moments; you’re eating lunch and unexpectedly 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 uneasiness? It might be the moment for an air conditioner replacement.

Usually, it isn’t the thermostat’s mistake; the settings can be operating correctly, but it still says that the temperature is above 80 degrees. It’s often times caused by an outdated or faulty air conditioner that requires a call to the pros to find out what’s wrong. There are many explanations why air conditioners fail, especially bearing in mind the weather in Pacheco. Here are a few things that you can search for before you call Clean Air HVAC 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 transport the heat from your home to the outdoors. If you examine your system and find that the fan isn’t working, it means that the heat movement isn’t happening, causing the warm air to remain in your home. This problem can also trigger overheating of the compressor and other potential internal harm to your system.
  • Dirty filters: It’s one of the most common issues that Clean Air HVAC sees. These filthy filters in your air conditioner reduce proper airflow, affecting the air quality in your home, which is really problematic when allergy season strikes. Unclean air filters can also lower the efficiency in your home and raise your monthly energy costs.
  • Blocked air flow: Always check for an obstacle or obstruction in your return-air or supply-air grille. This can cause your air conditioner to lose 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 outside blockages near your system, such as shrubbery, trees, lawn chairs, etc. When the air flow is deterred, it can affect it’s cooling abilities. Make sure that your system is free from obstacles and is cleaned regularly to decrease 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 additional checks that you should look into and answer to get your system up and running again. (Only go to the next question if the system doesn’t start 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 change your system function, call Clean Air HVAC at 925-689-7017.

Don’t let an air conditioner malfunction or replacement keep you awake at night. If you follow these tips and keep your system under routine maintenance, you should have you air conditioner operating again in no time. Our team at Clean Air HVAC in Pacheco is always here to help – give us a call at 925-689-7017 or set-up an appointment online for us to come look at your air conditioner and answer any questions you may have.