Air Conditioner Replacement: what to do when your air conditioner stops working05/28/2015Living in comfort in the summer can be taken for granted, especially until you experience a taste of anxiety with an air conditioner failure. It can happen 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 toasty enfolded in your covers. Think you’re feeling this uneasiness? It might be time for an air conditioner replacement. More often than not, it isn’t the thermostat’s fault; the settings can be operating correctly, 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 experts to find out what’s wrong. There are many causes for why air conditioners fail, especially taking into consideration the weather in Augusta. Here are a couple of things that you can search for before you call McCune Heating & Cooling 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 scrutinize 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 stay in your home. This failure can also cause overheating of the compressor and other potential internal harm to your system. Dirty filters: It’s one of the most likely issues that McCune Heating & Cooling sees. These filthy filters in your air conditioner decrease suitable airflow, affecting the air quality in your home, which is really problematic when allergy season strikes. Unclean air filters can also lower the efficiency in your home and increase your monthly energy costs. Blocked air flow: Always check for an obstacle or blockage in your return-air or supply-air grille. This can set off 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 deterred from exterior barriers close to your system, such as shrubbery, trees, lawn chairs, etc. When the air flow is deterred, it can influence it’s cooling abilities. Make sure that your system is unrestricted by obstacles and is cleaned frequently 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 tests that you should check and answer to get your system up and working again. (Only go to the next question if the system doesn’t turn on after doing the step before it): Is your thermostat temperature fixed 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 operation, call McCune Heating & Cooling at 316-733-9123. Don’t let an air conditioner failure or replacement keep you restless 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 McCune Heating & Cooling in Augusta is always here to assist – give us a call at 316-733-9123 or schedule an appointment online for us to come check your air conditioner and answer any questions you may have.