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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 realize how warm your kitchen feels or you can’t fall asleep at night because you are so hot wrapped 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 fault; the settings can be operating appropriately, but it still reads 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 City. Here are a few things that you can look for before you call Select Comfort System 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 transport the heat from your home to the outdoors. If you examine your system and find that the fan isn’t running, it means that the heat transfer isn’t occurring, causing the warm air to remain in your home. This problem can also cause overheating of the compressor and other possible internal harm to your system.
  • Dirty filters: It’s one of the most likely troubles that Select Comfort System Heating & Air Conditioning sees. These filthy filters in your air conditioner reduce appropriate 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 obstruction or jam in your return-air or supply-air grille. This can set off your air conditioner to lose efficiency and reduce speed.
    TIP: Make sure the grilles aren’t concealed by furniture or other home items, as well.
  • Outside obstructions: Good air flow could be also slowed down from outside obstructions 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 unrestricted by obstacles and is cleaned frequently to decrease the chance 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 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 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 ok or has it blown a fuse or tripped a circuit breaker?
  6. If none of these things fix your system procedure, call Select Comfort System Heating & Air Conditioning at 801-305-4777.

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 City is always here to be of service – give us a call at 801-305-4777.

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