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, especially until you feel a taste of anxiety with an air conditioner failure. It can happen 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 enfolded in your covers. Think you’re feeling this uneasiness? It might be an occasion for an air conditioner replacement.

Usually, it isn’t the thermostat’s mistake; the settings can be operating properly, but it still states that the temperature is above 80 degrees. It’s most often caused by an old or faulty air conditioner that needs a call to the pros to find out what’s wrong. There are many explanations why air conditioners fail, especially considering the weather in Lawrence. Here are a few things that you can search for before you call Scott Temperature 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 flow the heat from your home to the outdoors. If you examine your system and discover that the fan isn’t running, it means that the heat transfer isn’t happening, causing the warm air to stay in your home. This malfunction can also trigger overheating of the compressor and other potential internal damage to your system.
  • Dirty filters: It’s one of the most common problems that Scott Temperature sees. These filthy filters in your air conditioner lower 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 boost your monthly energy costs.
  • Blocked air flow: Always check for an barrier or blockage in your return-air or supply-air grille. This can cause your air conditioner to waste efficiency and decelerate.
    TIP: Make sure the grilles aren’t covered by furniture or other home items, too.
  • Outside obstructions: Proper air flow could be also hindered from exterior blockages around 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 decrease 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 additional checks that you should look into and answer to get your system up and working again. (Only move on 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 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 intact or has it blown a fuse or tripped a circuit breaker?
  6. If none of these things alter your system procedure, call Scott Temperature at 785-269-0465.

Don’t let an air conditioner failure or replacement keep you awake at night. If you follow these procedures and keep your system under annual maintenance, you should have you air conditioner operating again in no time. Our team at Scott Temperature in Lawrence is always here to be of service – give us a call at 785-269-0465.