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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 feel a taste of discomfort with an air conditioner malfunction. It can hit 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 warm enfolded in your covers. Think you’re feeling this uncomfortable feeling? It might be time for an air conditioner replacement.

Often times, it isn’t the thermostat’s error; the settings can be operating appropriately, but it still says that the temperature is beyond 80 degrees. It’s most often caused by an ancient or faulty air conditioner that demands a call to the experts to find out what’s wrong. There are many explanations why air conditioners stop working, especially taking into consideration the weather in Paso Robles. Here are some things that you can search for before you call Paso Robles Heating and Air if you think your air conditioner has broken down:

  • Broken outdoor fan motor: There is a fan motor on your external air conditioning system that helps transport 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 movement isn’t occurring, causing the warm air to hang around in your home. This problem can also cause overheating of the compressor and other likely internal damage to your system.
  • Dirty filters: It’s one of the most common troubles that Paso Robles Heating and Air sees. These dirty filters in your air conditioner decrease appropriate airflow, affecting the air quality in your home, which is really difficult when allergy season strikes. Unclean air filters can also lower the efficiency in your home and increase your monthly energy costs.
  • Blocked air flow: Always check for an obstruction or jam in your return-air or supply-air grille. This can cause your air conditioner to decrease efficiency and slow down.
    TIP: Make sure the grilles aren’t covered by furniture or other home items, too.
  • Outside obstructions: Good air flow could be also slowed down from exterior barriers close to your system, such as shrubbery, trees, lawn chairs, etc. When the air flow is hindered, it can affect it’s cooling abilities. Make sure that your system is uninhibited by obstacles and is cleaned regularly to decrease 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 inspect and answer to get your system up and working 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 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 intact or has it blown a fuse or tripped a circuit breaker?
  6. If none of these things fix your system procedure, call Paso Robles Heating and Air at 805-238-7553.

Don’t let an air conditioner breakdown or replacement keep you awake at night. If you follow these tips and keep your system under annual maintenance, you should have you air conditioner operating again in no time. Our team at Paso Robles Heating and Air in Paso Robles is always here to be of service – give us a call at 805-238-7553 or set-up an appointment online for us to come look at your air conditioner and answer any questions you may have.