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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, mainly until you encounter a taste of anxiety with an air conditioner breakdown. 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 uncomfortable feeling? It might be time for an air conditioner replacement.

More often than not, it isn’t the thermostat’s mistake; the settings can be operating properly, but it still reads that the temperature is over 80 degrees. It’s most often caused by an outdated or faulty air conditioner that needs a call to the pros to find out what’s wrong.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 Napoleon and Northwest Ohio. Here are some things that you can search for before you call Von Deylen Plumbing & Heating 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 working, it means that the heat movement isn’t occurring, causing the warm air to stay in your home. This malfunction can also cause overheating of the compressor and other potential internal damage to your system.
  • Dirty filters: It’s one of the most likely issues that Von Deylen Plumbing & Heating Inc. sees. These unclean filters in your air conditioner lower appropriate airflow, affecting the air quality in your home, which is really difficult when allergy season hits. Dirty air filters can also lower the efficiency in your home and raise your monthly energy costs.
  • Blocked air flow: Always check for an obstruction or obstruction in your return-air or supply-air grille. This can initiate your air conditioner to lose 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 outside barriers near your system, such as shrubbery, trees, lawn chairs, etc. When the air flow is hindered, it can influence it’s cooling capabilities. Make sure that your system is unrestricted by obstacles and is cleaned frequently to lower 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 additional checks that you should check and answer to get your system up and working again. (Only progress to the next question if the system doesn’t turn on after doing the step before it):

  1. Is your thermostat temperature set 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 fix your system function, call Von Deylen Plumbing & Heating Inc. at 419-592-4756.

Don’t let an air conditioner failure or replacement keep you restless at night. If you follow these steps and keep your system under annual maintenance, you should have you air conditioner operating again in no time. Our team at Von Deylen Plumbing & Heating Inc. in Napoleon and Northwest Ohio is always here to be of service – give us a call at 419-592-4756 or set-up an appointment online for us to come check your air conditioner and answer any questions you may have.