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

Living in comfort in the summer can be taken for granted, especially until you feel a taste of anxiety with an air conditioner breakdown. It can happen at the worst moments; you’re eating lunch and abruptly recognize how warm your kitchen feels or you can’t fall asleep at night because you are so hot 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 mistake; the settings can be running correctly, but it still reads that the temperature is above 80 degrees. It’s most often caused by an ancient or faulty air conditioner that needs a call to the pros to find out what’s wrong. There are many explanations why air conditioners break down, especially taking into consideration the weather in Charlottesville. Here are a few things that you can search for before you call Beck Cohen if you think your air conditioner has broken down:

  • 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 discover that the fan isn’t running, it means that the heat movement isn’t occurring, causing the warm air to remain in your home. This problem can also cause overheating of the compressor and other likely internal destruction to your system.
  • Dirty filters: It’s one of the most familiar issues that Beck Cohen sees. These unclean filters in your air conditioner decrease proper airflow, affecting the air quality in your home, which is really difficult when allergy season hits. Dirty air filters can also decrease the efficiency in your home and increase your monthly energy costs.
  • Blocked air flow: Always look for an barrier or jam in your return-air or supply-air grille. This can cause your air conditioner to lose 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 slowed down from exterior barriers around your system, such as shrubbery, trees, lawn chairs, etc. When the air flow is deterred, it can change it’s cooling capabilities. Make sure that your system is free from obstacles and is cleaned frequently to reduce 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 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 fixed 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 whole or has it blown a fuse or tripped a circuit breaker?
  6. If none of these things change your system procedure, call Beck Cohen at 434-296-0129.

Don’t let an air conditioner malfunction or replacement keep you up 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 Beck Cohen in Charlottesville is always here to help – give us a call at 434-296-0129 or set-up an appointment online for us to come inspect your air conditioner and answer any questions you may have.