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

May 28, 2015

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

More often than not, it isn’t the thermostat’s fault; the settings can be operating correctly, but it still states that the temperature is above 80 degrees. It’s often times caused by an outdated or faulty air conditioner that requires a call to the experts to find out what’s wrong.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 break down, especially taking into consideration the weather in Huntingburg. Here are a few things that you can look for before you call Dearing's Service & Solutions 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 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 happening, causing the warm air to stay in your home. This malfunction can also trigger overheating of the compressor and other likely internal damage to your system.
  • Dirty filters: It’s one of the most familiar problems that Dearing's Service & Solutions sees. These filthy filters in your air conditioner reduce suitable airflow, affecting the air quality in your home, which is really tricky when allergy season hits. Unclean air filters can also decrease the efficiency in your home and boost 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 hidden by furniture or other home items, as well.
  • Outside obstructions: Proper air flow could be also hindered from exterior barriers near your system, such as shrubbery, trees, lawn chairs, etc. When the air flow is altered, it can influence it’s cooling abilities. Make sure that your system is unrestricted by obstacles and is cleaned routinely to lower the possibility of air conditioner replacement.

Once you’ve worked through these four system checks and your air conditioner still isn’t running, here are a list of questions and steps that you should look into and answer to get your system up and running again. (Only progress to the next question if the system doesn’t turn on 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 intact or has it blown a fuse or tripped a circuit breaker?
  6. If none of these things fix your system operation, call Dearing's Service & Solutions at 812-200-5844.

Don’t let an air conditioner malfunction or replacement keep you up at night. If you follow these tips and keep your system under routine maintenance, you should have you air conditioner working again in no time. Our team at Dearing's Service & Solutions in Huntingburg is always here to help – give us a call at 812-200-5844.