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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, especially until you feel a taste of uneasiness with an air conditioner breakdown. It can occur at the worst moments; you’re eating lunch and abruptly feel how warm your kitchen feels or you can’t fall asleep at night because you are so hot enfolded in your covers. Think you’re feeling this uncomfortable feeling? It might be time for an air conditioner replacement.

More often than not, it isn’t the thermostat’s error; the settings can be operating properly, but it still reads that the temperature is above 80 degrees. It’s often times caused by an ancient or faulty air conditioner that needs a call to the pros to find out what’s wrong. There are many causes for why air conditioners stop working, especially considering the weather in Madera. Here are some things that you can search for before you call Brian’s Heating & Cooling, Inc. if you think your air conditioner has stopped 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 scrutinize your system and discover that the fan isn’t functioning properly, it means that the heat movement isn’t transpiring, causing the warm air to stay in your home. This problem can also cause overheating of the compressor and other likely internal harm to your system.
  • Dirty filters: It’s one of the most common issues that Brian’s Heating & Cooling, Inc. sees. These filthy filters in your air conditioner lower appropriate airflow, affecting the air quality in your home, which is really problematic when allergy season comes around. Filthy air filters can also decrease the efficiency in your home and increase your monthly energy costs.
  • Blocked air flow: Always search for an barrier or jam 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 covered by furniture or other home items, also.
  • Outside obstructions: Good air flow could be also hindered from exterior obstructions around your system, such as shrubbery, trees, lawn chairs, etc. When the air flow is hindered, it can influence it’s cooling abilities. Make sure that your system is free from obstacles and is cleaned regularly to decrease the possibility of air conditioner replacement.

Once you’ve completed these four system checks and your air conditioner still isn’t working, here are a list of questions and steps 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 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 whole or has it blown a fuse or tripped a circuit breaker?
  6. If none of these things change your system procedure, call Brian’s Heating & Cooling, Inc. at 559-675-1681.

Don’t let an air conditioner breakdown or replacement keep you awake at night. If you follow these steps and keep your system under regular maintenance, you should have you air conditioner running again in no time. Our team at Brian’s Heating & Cooling, Inc. in Madera is always here to help – give us a call at 559-675-1681 or arrange an appointment online for us to come look at your air conditioner and answer any questions you may have.