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

Living in comfort in the summer can be taken for granted, especially until you experience a taste of anxiety with an air conditioner breakdown. It can occur 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 warm wrapped in your covers. Think you’re feeling this uneasiness? It might be the moment for an air conditioner replacement.

Often times, it isn’t the thermostat’s error; the settings can be operating properly, but it still reads that the temperature is over 80 degrees. It’s most often caused by an old or faulty air conditioner that demands a call to the professionals to find out what’s wrong. There are many explanations why air conditioners break down, especially considering the weather in Locust. Here are a few things that you can examine for before you call Dynamic Comfort Solutions if you think your air conditioner has broken down:

  • 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 relocation isn’t happening, causing the warm air to hang around in your home. This failure can also cause overheating of the compressor and other potential internal damage to your system.
  • Dirty filters: It’s one of the most common problems that Dynamic Comfort Solutions sees. These dirty filters in your air conditioner reduce suitable airflow, affecting the air quality in your home, which is really tricky when allergy season comes around. Dirty air filters can also decrease the efficiency in your home and raise your monthly energy costs.
  • Blocked air flow: Always look for an obstacle or blockage in your return-air or supply-air grille. This can set off your air conditioner to decrease efficiency and decelerate.
    TIP: Make sure the grilles aren’t covered by furniture or other home items, as well.
  • Outside obstructions: Correct air flow could be also deterred from exterior obstructions around 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 free from obstacles and is cleaned routinely to lower the possibility of air conditioner replacement.

Once you’ve completed these four system checks and your air conditioner still isn’t working, here are a list of questions and steps that you should inspect and answer to get your system up and functioning 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 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 ok or has it blown a fuse or tripped a circuit breaker?
  6. If none of these things alter your system operation, call Dynamic Comfort Solutions at 704-485-5506.

Don’t let an air conditioner malfunction or replacement keep you up at night. If you follow these tips and keep your system under regular maintenance, you should have you air conditioner working again in no time. Our team at Dynamic Comfort Solutions in Locust is always here to help – give us a call at 704-485-5506 or set-up an appointment online for us to come check your air conditioner and answer any questions you may have.