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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 experience a taste of anxiety with an air conditioner failure. It can occur at the worst moments; you’re eating lunch and unexpectedly feel 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 uncomfortable feeling? It might be the moment for an air conditioner replacement.

Often times, it isn’t the thermostat’s error; the settings can be working correctly, but it still says that the temperature is above 80 degrees. It’s usually 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 stop working, especially considering the weather in West Valley. Here are some things that you can search for before you call Select Comfort System Heating & Air Conditioning if you think your air conditioner has stopped working:

  • Broken outdoor fan motor: There is a fan motor on your exterior air conditioning system that helps transport the heat from your home to the outdoors. If you examine your system and discover that the fan isn’t working, it means that the heat transfer isn’t occurring, causing the warm air to remain in your home. This problem can also trigger overheating of the compressor and other potential internal damage to your system.
  • Dirty filters: It’s one of the most common troubles that Select Comfort System Heating & Air Conditioning sees. These filthy filters in your air conditioner decrease proper airflow, affecting the air quality in your home, which is really problematic when allergy season strikes. Unclean air filters can also lower 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 set off your air conditioner to decrease efficiency and reduce speed.
    TIP: Make sure the grilles aren’t covered by furniture or other home items, as well.
  • Outside obstructions: Good air flow could be also hindered from outside blockages around your system, such as shrubbery, trees, lawn chairs, etc. When the air flow is deterred, it can influence it’s cooling capabilities. Make sure that your system is free from obstacles and is cleaned frequently to decrease the possibility of air conditioner replacement.

Once you’ve worked through these four system checks and your air conditioner still isn’t operating, here are a list of questions and tests that you should check and answer to get your system up and functioning 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 setting?
  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 fix your system operation, call Select Comfort System Heating & Air Conditioning at 801-969-7088.

Don’t let an air conditioner failure or replacement keep you awake at night. If you follow these tips and keep your system under routine maintenance, you should have you air conditioner operating again in no time. Our team at Select Comfort System Heating & Air Conditioning in West Valley is always here to be of service – give us a call at 801-969-7088 or set-up an appointment online for us to come inspect your air conditioner and answer any questions you may have.