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

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Living in comfort in the summer can be taken for granted, mainly until you feel a taste of discomfort with an air conditioner breakdown. It can hit at the worst moments; you’re eating lunch and abruptly recognize how warm your kitchen feels or you can’t fall asleep at night because you are so toasty enfolded in your covers. Think you’re feeling this discomfort? It might be an occasion for an air conditioner replacement.

Usually, it isn’t the thermostat’s fault; the settings can be working appropriately, but it still says 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 It’s often times caused by an outdated or faulty air conditioner that needs a call to the pros to find out what’s wrong. There are many reasons why air conditioners break down, especially considering the weather in Lake Forest. Here are a couple of things that you can search for before you call 1st Choice Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. 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 inspect your system and find that the fan isn’t running, it means that the heat transfer isn’t transpiring, causing the warm air to remain in your home. This failure can also trigger overheating of the compressor and other possible internal destruction to your system.
  • Dirty filters: It’s one of the most likely issues that 1st Choice Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. sees. These unclean filters in your air conditioner reduce suitable airflow, affecting the air quality in your home, which is really tricky when allergy season hits. Filthy air filters can also decrease the efficiency in your home and raise your monthly energy costs.
  • Blocked air flow: Always search for an obstacle or blockage in your return-air or supply-air grille. This can set off your air conditioner to lose efficiency and reduce speed.
    TIP: Make sure the grilles aren’t concealed by furniture or other home items, also.
  • Outside obstructions: Good air flow could be also hindered from exterior barriers around your system, such as shrubbery, trees, lawn chairs, etc. When the air flow is altered, it can influence it’s cooling capabilities. Make sure that your system is free from obstacles and is cleaned routinely to reduce the possibility 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 steps that you should look into and answer to get your system up and running again. (Only progress to the next question if the system doesn’t switch 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 whole or has it blown a fuse or tripped a circuit breaker?
  6. If none of these things change your system procedure, call 1st Choice Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. at 949-204-0859.

Don’t let an air conditioner malfunction or replacement keep you restless at night. If you follow these steps and keep your system under routine maintenance, you should have you air conditioner working again in no time. Our team at 1st Choice Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. in Lake Forest is always here to be of service – give us a call at 949-204-0859 or set-up an appointment online for us to come check your air conditioner and answer any questions you may have.

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