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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, particularly until you experience a taste of anxiety with an air conditioner malfunction. It can hit at the worst moments; you’re eating lunch and suddenly recognize how warm your kitchen feels or you can’t fall asleep at night because you are so warm bound in your covers. Think you’re feeling this uncomfortable feeling? It might be an occasion for an air conditioner replacement.

Often times, it isn’t the thermostat’s error; the settings can be working correctly, but it still states that the temperature is above 80 degrees. It’s usually caused by an ancient or faulty air conditioner that requires a call to the experts to find out what’s wrong. There are many explanations why air conditioners break down, especially bearing in mind the weather in Alice. Here are some things that you can look for before you call Rescue Heating & Air if you think your air conditioner has broken down:

  • Broken outdoor fan motor: There is a fan motor on your external air conditioning system that helps transport the heat from your home to the outdoors. If you inspect your system and see that the fan isn’t functioning properly, it means that the heat movement isn’t transpiring, causing the warm air to remain in your home. This problem can also trigger overheating of the compressor and other possible internal destruction to your system.
  • Dirty filters: It’s one of the most likely issues that Rescue Heating & Air sees. These unclean filters in your air conditioner decrease suitable airflow, affecting the air quality in your home, which is really difficult when allergy season strikes. Unclean air filters can also lower the efficiency in your home and boost your monthly energy costs.
  • Blocked air flow: Always check for an barrier or obstruction in your return-air or supply-air grille. This can cause your air conditioner to decrease efficiency and decelerate.
    TIP: Make sure the grilles aren’t concealed by furniture or other home items, also.
  • Outside obstructions: Good air flow could be also hindered from exterior blockages near your system, such as shrubbery, trees, lawn chairs, etc. When the air flow is altered, it can influence it’s cooling capabilities. Make sure that your system is free from obstacles and is cleaned regularly to decrease the likelihood of air conditioner replacement.

Once you’ve worked through these four system checks and your air conditioner still isn’t working, here are a list of questions and tests that you should inspect and answer to get your system up and working 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 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 function, call Rescue Heating & Air at 361-265-4371.

Don’t let an air conditioner malfunction or replacement keep you restless at night. If you follow these tips and keep your system under annual maintenance, you should have you air conditioner working again in no time. Our team at Rescue Heating & Air in Alice is always here to assist – give us a call at 361-265-4371.

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