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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 experience a taste of discomfort with an air conditioner malfunction. It can occur 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 hot wrapped in your covers. Think you’re feeling this discomfort? It might be an occasion for an air conditioner replacement.

Often times, it isn’t the thermostat’s fault; the settings can be working appropriately, but it still states that the temperature is beyond 80 degrees. It’s most often caused by an ancient or faulty air conditioner that needs a call to the professionals to find out what’s wrong. There are many reasons why air conditioners break down, especially bearing in mind the weather in Derby. Here are a couple of things that you can examine for before you call Giordanos Heating and Air Conditioning if you think your air conditioner has broken down:

  • Broken outdoor fan motor: There is a fan motor on your exterior air conditioning system that helps transport the heat from your home to the outdoors. If you examine your system and see that the fan isn’t working, it means that the heat relocation isn’t occurring, causing the warm air to stay in your home. This problem can also initiate overheating of the compressor and other likely internal destruction to your system.
  • Dirty filters: It’s one of the most likely problems that Giordanos Heating and Air Conditioning sees. These dirty filters in your air conditioner lower proper airflow, affecting the air quality in your home, which is really difficult when allergy season hits. Filthy air filters can also lower the efficiency in your home and boost your monthly energy costs.
  • Blocked air flow: Always look for an barrier or blockage in your return-air or supply-air grille. This can initiate your air conditioner to decrease efficiency and slow down.
    TIP: Make sure the grilles aren’t hidden by furniture or other home items, too.
  • Outside obstructions: Proper air flow could be also hindered from outside barriers around your system, such as shrubbery, trees, lawn chairs, etc. When the air flow is deterred, it can influence it’s cooling capacities. Make sure that your system is uninhibited by obstacles and is cleaned routinely 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 look into and answer to get your system up and running again. (Only progress 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 operation, call Giordanos Heating and Air Conditioning at 203-734-7648.

Don’t let an air conditioner malfunction or replacement keep you up at night. If you follow these tips and keep your system under regular maintenance, you should have you air conditioner working again in no time. Our team at Giordanos Heating and Air Conditioning in Derby is always here to help – give us a call at 203-734-7648.

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