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

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

Often times, it isn’t the thermostat’s error; the settings can be running properly, but it still states that the temperature is over 80 degrees. It’s usually caused by an outdated or faulty air conditioner that demands a call to the experts to find out what’s wrong. There are many explanations why air conditioners fail, especially considering the weather in Plainfield. Here are some things that you can search for before you call PWA Heating & Cooling Inc 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 see that the fan isn’t running, it means that the heat transfer isn’t occurring, causing the warm air to hang around in your home. This problem can also trigger overheating of the compressor and other potential internal destruction to your system.
  • Dirty filters: It’s one of the most likely issues that PWA Heating & Cooling Inc sees. These dirty filters in your air conditioner reduce appropriate airflow, affecting the air quality in your home, which is really problematic when allergy season hits. Dirty air filters can also lower the efficiency in your home and raise your monthly energy costs.
  • Blocked air flow: Always look for an obstruction or jam in your return-air or supply-air grille. This can set off 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: Correct air flow could be also slowed down from outdoor obstructions near your system, such as shrubbery, trees, lawn chairs, etc. When the air flow is deterred, it can affect it’s cooling abilities. Make sure that your system is uninhibited 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 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 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 operation, call PWA Heating & Cooling Inc at 815-768-6656.

Don’t let an air conditioner malfunction 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 PWA Heating & Cooling Inc in Plainfield is always here to be of service – give us a call at 815-768-6656 or arrange an appointment online for us to come inspect your air conditioner and answer any questions you may have.