Air Conditioner Replacement: what to do when your air conditioner stops working05/28/2015Living at ease in the summer can be taken for granted, particularly until you experience a taste of anxiety with an air conditioner breakdown. It can happen 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 warm bound in your covers. Think you’re feeling this uncomfortable feeling? It might be the moment for an air conditioner replacement. Usually, it isn’t the thermostat’s fault; the settings can be running properly, but it still reads that the temperature is above 80 degrees. It’s most often caused by an ancient or faulty air conditioner that requires a call to the professionals to find out what’s wrong. There are many causes for why air conditioners stop working, especially bearing in mind the weather in Zelienople. Here are some things that you can look for before you call Knoechel Heating Company if you think your air conditioner has quit working: Broken outdoor fan motor: There is a fan motor on your external air conditioning system that helps move the heat from your home to the outdoors. If you inspect your system and find that the fan isn’t functioning properly, it means that the heat relocation isn’t happening, 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 common problems that Knoechel Heating Company sees. These unclean filters in your air conditioner lower proper airflow, affecting the air quality in your home, which is really problematic when allergy season comes around. Unclean 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 obstruction 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 concealed by furniture or other home items, as well. Outside obstructions: Good air flow could be also slowed down from outside barriers near your system, such as shrubbery, trees, lawn chairs, etc. When the air flow is deterred, it can change it’s cooling abilities. Make sure that your system is uninhibited by obstacles and is cleaned regularly to reduce the chance of air conditioner replacement. Once you’ve completed these four system checks and your air conditioner still isn’t operating, here are a list of questions and tests that you should inspect and answer to get your system up and working again. (Only go to the next question if the system doesn’t start after doing the step before it): Is your thermostat temperature set below the indoor temperature? Is your system switch in the COOL setting? Is the outdoor unit power supply switch ON? Is the furnace/air handler power supply ON? Is your house fuse box/breaker box whole or has it blown a fuse or tripped a circuit breaker? If none of these things alter your system procedure, call Knoechel Heating Company at 724-452-6280. Don’t let an air conditioner failure or replacement keep you restless at night. If you follow these procedures and keep your system under annual maintenance, you should have you air conditioner working again in no time. Our team at Knoechel Heating Company in Zelienople is always here to assist – give us a call at 724-452-6280 or arrange an appointment online for us to come inspect your air conditioner and answer any questions you may have.