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

May 28, 2015

Living in coolness in the summer can be taken for granted, mainly until you experience a taste of discomfort with an air conditioner failure. It can occur at the worst moments; you’re eating lunch and unexpectedly realize 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 uncomfortable feeling? It might be time for an air conditioner replacement.

Often times, it isn’t the thermostat’s mistake; the settings can be operating appropriately, but it still says that the temperature is over 80 degrees. It’s most often caused by an old or faulty air conditioner that demands a call to the pros to find out what’s wrong. There are many reasons why air conditioners break down, especially bearing in mind the weather in Moline. Here are a few things that you can search for before you call Freed Heating & Air Conditioning if you think your air conditioner has broken down:

  • Broken outdoor fan motor: There is a fan motor on your exterior air conditioning system that helps flow the heat from your home to the outdoors. If you inspect your system and discover that the fan isn’t working, it means that the heat movement isn’t occurring, causing the warm air to remain in your home. This failure can also cause overheating of the compressor and other possible internal damage to your system.
  • Dirty filters: It’s one of the most common troubles that Freed Heating & Air Conditioning sees. These filthy filters in your air conditioner reduce appropriate airflow, affecting the air quality in your home, which is really tricky when allergy season hits. Filthy air filters can also decrease the efficiency in your home and raise your monthly energy costs.
  • Blocked air flow: Always look for an obstacle or jam in your return-air or supply-air grille. This can initiate your air conditioner to waste efficiency and slow down.
    TIP: Make sure the grilles aren’t covered by furniture or other home items, too.
  • Outside obstructions: Correct air flow could be also slowed down from exterior blockages close to your system, such as shrubbery, trees, lawn chairs, etc. When the air flow is altered, it can change it’s cooling abilities. Make sure that your system is uninhibited by obstacles and is cleaned routinely to decrease 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 additional checks that you should look into and answer to get your system up and functioning again. (Only move on to the next question if the system doesn’t switch 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 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 ok or has it blown a fuse or tripped a circuit breaker?
  6. If none of these things fix your system procedure, call Freed Heating & Air Conditioning at 309-323-9584.

Don’t let an air conditioner failure or replacement keep you up 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 Freed Heating & Air Conditioning in Moline is always here to be of service – give us a call at 309-323-9584.