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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 discomfort with an air conditioner breakdown. 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 hot bound in your covers. Think you’re feeling this discomfort? It might be an occasion for an air conditioner replacement.

More often than not, it isn’t the thermostat’s fault; the settings can be running appropriately, but it still states that the temperature is above 80 degrees. It’s often times caused by an outdated or faulty air conditioner that needs a call to the pros to find out what’s wrong. There are many explanations why air conditioners fail, especially considering the weather in Bountiful. Here are a couple of things that you can look for before you call Craig's Appliance Heating & Cooling if you think your air conditioner has quit working:

  • Broken outdoor fan motor: There is a fan motor on your exterior 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 running, it means that the heat relocation isn’t transpiring, causing the warm air to stay in your home. This problem can also trigger overheating of the compressor and other potential internal destruction to your system.
  • Dirty filters: It’s one of the most common problems that Craig's Appliance Heating & Cooling sees. These unclean filters in your air conditioner reduce appropriate airflow, affecting the air quality in your home, which is really tricky when allergy season strikes. Unclean air filters can also decrease the efficiency in your home and boost your monthly energy costs.
  • Blocked air flow: Always search for an barrier or obstruction in your return-air or supply-air grille. This can initiate your air conditioner to lose efficiency and reduce speed.
    TIP: Make sure the grilles aren’t concealed by furniture or other home items, too.
  • Outside obstructions: Proper air flow could be also hindered from outside obstructions close to 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 free from obstacles and is cleaned frequently to reduce the likelihood 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 additional checks that you should check and answer to get your system up and running again. (Only go to the next question if the system doesn’t switch 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 spot?
  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 intact or has it blown a fuse or tripped a circuit breaker?
  6. If none of these things fix your system function, call Craig's Appliance Heating & Cooling at 801-295-3357.

Don’t let an air conditioner malfunction or replacement keep you awake at night. If you follow these tips and keep your system under annual maintenance, you should have you air conditioner running again in no time. Our team at Craig's Appliance Heating & Cooling in Bountiful is always here to assist – give us a call at 801-295-3357 or set-up an appointment online for us to come inspect your air conditioner and answer any questions you may have.