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

May 28, 2015

Living at ease in the summer can be taken for granted, mainly until you feel a taste of anxiety with an air conditioner failure. It can hit at the worst moments; you’re eating lunch and unexpectedly recognize how warm your kitchen feels or you can’t fall asleep at night because you are so toasty bound in your covers. Think you’re feeling this discomfort? It might be the moment for an air conditioner replacement.

Usually, it isn’t the thermostat’s error; the settings can be operating correctly, but it still states that the temperature is above 80 degrees. It’s usually caused by an outdated or faulty air conditioner that requires a call to the pros to find out what’s wrong. There are many causes for why air conditioners fail, especially bearing in mind the weather in Paso Robles. Here are a few things that you can search for before you call Paso Robles Heating and Air if you think your air conditioner has quit working:

  • 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 scrutinize your system and see 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 failure can also initiate overheating of the compressor and other possible internal destruction to your system.
  • Dirty filters: It’s one of the most familiar troubles that Paso Robles Heating and Air sees. These filthy filters in your air conditioner lower proper airflow, affecting the air quality in your home, which is really tricky when allergy season strikes. Dirty air filters can also reduce the efficiency in your home and boost your monthly energy costs.
  • Blocked air flow: Always search for an obstruction or blockage in your return-air or supply-air grille. This can set off your air conditioner to waste efficiency and reduce speed.
    TIP: Make sure the grilles aren’t concealed by furniture or other home items, also.
  • Outside obstructions: Good air flow could be also hindered from exterior barriers close to 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 uninhibited by obstacles and is cleaned regularly to lower the likelihood of air conditioner replacement.

Once you’ve gone through these four system checks and your air conditioner still isn’t running, here are a list of questions and tests that you should look into 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 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 ok or has it blown a fuse or tripped a circuit breaker?
  6. If none of these things change your system function, call Paso Robles Heating and Air at 805-203-8667.

Don’t let an air conditioner breakdown or replacement keep you awake 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 Paso Robles Heating and Air in Paso Robles is always here to be of service – give us a call at 805-203-8667.