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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, mainly until you encounter a taste of discomfort with an air conditioner malfunction. It can hit at the worst moments; you’re eating lunch and abruptly realize 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 uncomfortable feeling? It might be time for an air conditioner replacement.

Usually, it isn’t the thermostat’s fault; the settings can be running correctly, but it still reads that the temperature is over 80 degrees. It’s often times caused by an ancient or faulty air conditioner that requires a call to the experts to find out what’s wrong. There are many causes for why air conditioners fail, especially taking into consideration the weather in Utica. Here are a couple of things that you can search for before you call Main Heating & Cooling, Inc. if you think your air conditioner has stopped working:

  • Broken outdoor fan motor: There is a fan motor on your exterior air conditioning system that helps flow the heat from your home to the outdoors. If you examine your system and discover that the fan isn’t running, it means that the heat relocation isn’t occurring, causing the warm air to hang around in your home. This problem can also initiate overheating of the compressor and other likely internal harm to your system.
  • Dirty filters: It’s one of the most likely issues that Main Heating & Cooling, Inc. 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 comes around. Dirty air filters can also reduce the efficiency in your home and increase your monthly energy costs.
  • Blocked air flow: Always look for an obstruction or obstruction in your return-air or supply-air grille. This can initiate your air conditioner to waste efficiency and decelerate.
    TIP: Make sure the grilles aren’t covered by furniture or other home items, also.
  • Outside obstructions: Correct air flow could be also slowed down from outdoor blockages near 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 frequently to lower the likelihood of air conditioner replacement.

Once you’ve worked through these four system checks and your air conditioner still isn’t operating, here are a list of questions and steps that you should inspect 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 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 change your system function, call Main Heating & Cooling, Inc. at 586-731-0950.

Don’t let an air conditioner breakdown or replacement keep you up at night. If you follow these procedures and keep your system under annual maintenance, you should have you air conditioner running again in no time. Our team at Main Heating & Cooling, Inc. in Utica is always here to be of service – give us a call at 586-731-0950 or schedule an appointment online for us to come inspect your air conditioner and answer any questions you may have.