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

More often than not, it isn’t the thermostat’s error; the settings can be operating properly, but it still states that the temperature is over 80 degrees. It’s usually caused by an ancient or faulty air conditioner that needs 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 Carson City. Here are some things that you can examine for before you call Anderson Heating & A/C if you think your air conditioner has stopped working:

  • Broken outdoor fan motor: There is a fan motor on your outdoor air conditioning system that helps flow the heat from your home to the outdoors. If you inspect your system and see that the fan isn’t running, it means that the heat transfer isn’t happening, causing the warm air to remain in your home. This failure can also trigger overheating of the compressor and other possible internal harm to your system.
  • Dirty filters: It’s one of the most common troubles that Anderson Heating & A/C sees. These unclean filters in your air conditioner lower proper airflow, affecting the air quality in your home, which is really difficult when allergy season hits. Filthy air filters can also decrease the efficiency in your home and boost your monthly energy costs.
  • Blocked air flow: Always search for an obstruction or jam in your return-air or supply-air grille. This can set off your air conditioner to decrease efficiency and reduce speed.
    TIP: Make sure the grilles aren’t hidden by furniture or other home items, also.
  • Outside obstructions: Proper air flow could be also slowed down from outdoor barriers close to your system, such as shrubbery, trees, lawn chairs, etc. When the air flow is altered, it can affect it’s cooling abilities. Make sure that your system is unrestricted by obstacles and is cleaned frequently to lower the possibility of air conditioner replacement.

Once you’ve completed these four system checks and your air conditioner still isn’t running, here are a list of questions and additional checks that you should inspect and answer to get your system up and working again. (Only move on 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 ok or has it blown a fuse or tripped a circuit breaker?
  6. If none of these things alter your system function, call Anderson Heating & A/C at 775-882-8154.

Don’t let an air conditioner breakdown or replacement keep you restless at night. If you follow these procedures and keep your system under regular maintenance, you should have you air conditioner running again in no time. Our team at Anderson Heating & A/C in Carson City is always here to assist – give us a call at 775-882-8154 or schedule an appointment online for us to come inspect your air conditioner and answer any questions you may have.