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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 feel a taste of anxiety with an air conditioner failure. It can occur at the worst moments; you’re eating lunch and suddenly realize how warm your kitchen feels or you can’t fall asleep at night because you are so toasty wrapped in your covers. Think you’re feeling this discomfort? It might be time for an air conditioner replacement.

Often times, it isn’t the thermostat’s fault; the settings can be operating properly, but it still says that the temperature is beyond 80 degrees. It’s usually caused by an ancient or faulty air conditioner that needs a call to the experts to find out what’s wrong. There are many reasons why air conditioners fail, especially taking into consideration the weather in Liberty and the Kansas City Metro Area. Here are a couple of things that you can search for before you call Air Unlimited Heating & Cooling 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 scrutinize your system and see that the fan isn’t running, it means that the heat transfer isn’t happening, causing the warm air to remain in your home. This failure can also cause overheating of the compressor and other possible internal harm to your system.
  • Dirty filters: It’s one of the most likely problems that Air Unlimited Heating & Cooling sees. These dirty filters in your air conditioner lower suitable airflow, affecting the air quality in your home, which is really difficult when allergy season strikes. Unclean air filters can also reduce the efficiency in your home and increase your monthly energy costs.
  • Blocked air flow: Always search for an obstacle or obstruction in your return-air or supply-air grille. This can set off your air conditioner to waste efficiency and decelerate.
    TIP: Make sure the grilles aren’t covered by furniture or other home items, as well.
  • Outside obstructions: Correct air flow could be also deterred from outdoor barriers near your system, such as shrubbery, trees, lawn chairs, etc. When the air flow is hindered, it can influence it’s cooling capacities. Make sure that your system is uninhibited by obstacles and is cleaned regularly to reduce the likelihood 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 tests that you should check and answer to get your system up and running 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 alter your system function, call Air Unlimited Heating & Cooling at 816-286-7258.

Don’t let an air conditioner breakdown or replacement keep you up at night. If you follow these tips and keep your system under routine maintenance, you should have you air conditioner working again in no time. Our team at Air Unlimited Heating & Cooling in Liberty and the Kansas City Metro Area is always here to be of service – give us a call at 816-286-7258 or arrange an appointment online for us to come check your air conditioner and answer any questions you may have.