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

Living at ease in the summer can be taken for granted, especially until you experience a taste of anxiety with an air conditioner breakdown. It can occur 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 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 working properly, but it still states that the temperature is above 80 degrees. It’s most often caused by an ancient or faulty air conditioner that demands a call to the professionals to find out what’s wrong. There are many reasons why air conditioners fail, especially considering the weather in Dresden. Here are some things that you can look for before you call McFadden Heating & Cooling 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 transport the heat from your home to the outdoors. If you inspect your system and discover that the fan isn’t running, it means that the heat relocation isn’t transpiring, causing the warm air to stay in your home. This problem can also cause overheating of the compressor and other possible internal harm to your system.
  • Dirty filters: It’s one of the most likely issues that McFadden Heating & Cooling sees. These filthy filters in your air conditioner decrease suitable airflow, affecting the air quality in your home, which is really problematic 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 obstacle or jam in your return-air or supply-air grille. This can initiate your air conditioner to decrease efficiency and slow down.
    TIP: Make sure the grilles aren’t concealed by furniture or other home items, too.
  • Outside obstructions: Correct air flow could be also hindered from outside barriers around your system, such as shrubbery, trees, lawn chairs, etc. When the air flow is hindered, it can change it’s cooling capabilities. Make sure that your system is unrestricted by obstacles and is cleaned frequently to reduce the likelihood 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 additional checks that you should inspect and answer to get your system up and functioning 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 set 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 alter your system procedure, call McFadden Heating & Cooling at 1-866-781-0111.

Don’t let an air conditioner malfunction or replacement keep you restless at night. If you follow these procedures and keep your system under routine maintenance, you should have you air conditioner working again in no time. Our team at McFadden Heating & Cooling in Dresden is always here to help – give us a call at 1-866-781-0111 or schedule an appointment online for us to come look at your air conditioner and answer any questions you may have.