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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, particularly 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 recognize how warm your kitchen feels or you can’t fall asleep at night because you are so warm bound in your covers. Think you’re feeling this discomfort? It might be time for an air conditioner replacement.

More often than not, it isn’t the thermostat’s fault; the settings can be running correctly, but it still says that the temperature is beyond 80 degrees. It’s often times caused by an old 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 taking into consideration the weather in Franklin Lakes. Here are a couple of things that you can search for before you call Total Comfort if you think your air conditioner has stopped working:

  • Broken outdoor fan motor: There is a fan motor on your outdoor 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 running, it means that the heat movement isn’t occurring, causing the warm air to remain in your home. This malfunction can also trigger overheating of the compressor and other possible internal harm to your system.
  • Dirty filters: It’s one of the most familiar troubles that Total Comfort sees. These unclean filters in your air conditioner decrease appropriate airflow, affecting the air quality in your home, which is really difficult when allergy season comes around. Unclean air filters can also decrease the efficiency in your home and increase your monthly energy costs.
  • Blocked air flow: Always look for an barrier or obstruction in your return-air or supply-air grille. This can initiate your air conditioner to waste efficiency and decelerate.
    TIP: Make sure the grilles aren’t covered by furniture or other home items, too.
  • Outside obstructions: Proper air flow could be also hindered from outside blockages close to your system, such as shrubbery, trees, lawn chairs, etc. When the air flow is deterred, it can change it’s cooling capacities. Make sure that your system is unrestricted by obstacles and is cleaned routinely to decrease the likelihood of air conditioner replacement.

Once you’ve worked through these four system checks and your air conditioner still isn’t running, here are a list of questions and tests that you should inspect and answer to get your system up and working again. (Only progress to the next question if the system doesn’t switch 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 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 ok or has it blown a fuse or tripped a circuit breaker?
  6. If none of these things change your system operation, call Total Comfort at 201-891-1333.

Don’t let an air conditioner failure or replacement keep you up at night. If you follow these steps and keep your system under routine maintenance, you should have you air conditioner working again in no time. Our team at Total Comfort in Franklin Lakes is always here to help – give us a call at 201-891-1333 or set-up an appointment online for us to come inspect your air conditioner and answer any questions you may have.