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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 experience a taste of uneasiness with an air conditioner failure. It can occur at the worst moments; you’re eating lunch and unexpectedly feel how warm your kitchen feels or you can’t fall asleep at night because you are so hot wrapped in your covers. Think you’re feeling this uneasiness? It might be time for an air conditioner replacement.

More often than not, it isn’t the thermostat’s error; the settings can be running correctly, but it still says 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 pros to find out what’s wrong. There are many explanations why air conditioners stop working, especially considering the weather in Murrieta. Here are a few things that you can look for before you call Cool Air 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 move the heat from your home to the outdoors. If you examine your system and find that the fan isn’t functioning properly, it means that the heat transfer isn’t happening, causing the warm air to remain in your home. This malfunction can also initiate overheating of the compressor and other possible internal harm to your system.
  • Dirty filters: It’s one of the most common issues that Cool Air Solutions sees. These dirty filters in your air conditioner decrease 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 boost your monthly energy costs.
  • Blocked air flow: Always check for an barrier or obstruction in your return-air or supply-air grille. This can initiate your air conditioner to lose efficiency and decelerate.
    TIP: Make sure the grilles aren’t concealed by furniture or other home items, too.
  • Outside obstructions: Good air flow could be also deterred from outdoor blockages close to your system, such as shrubbery, trees, lawn chairs, etc. When the air flow is deterred, it can change it’s cooling abilities. Make sure that your system is free from obstacles and is cleaned routinely to decrease the chance 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 tests that you should look into and answer to get your system up and running again. (Only move on to the next question if the system doesn’t switch 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 intact or has it blown a fuse or tripped a circuit breaker?
  6. If none of these things fix your system function, call Cool Air Solutions at 951-676-2665.

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 operating again in no time. Our team at Cool Air Solutions in Murrieta is always here to assist – give us a call at 951-676-2665 or arrange an appointment online for us to come look at your air conditioner and answer any questions you may have.