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Air Conditioner Replacement: what to do when your air conditioner stops working

Living at ease in the summer can be taken for granted, particularly until you feel a taste of anxiety with an air conditioner failure. It can happen at the worst moments; you’re eating lunch and suddenly feel 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 uncomfortable feeling? It might be time for an air conditioner replacement.

Usually, it isn’t the thermostat’s mistake; the settings can be running properly, but it still reads that the temperature is above 80 degrees. It’s most often caused by an outdated or faulty air conditioner that needs a call to the experts to find out what’s wrong. There are many reasons why air conditioners break down, especially taking into consideration the weather in Midlothian. Here are some things that you can examine for before you call Daniel's Heating & Refrigeration Corp. if you think your air conditioner has stopped 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 examine your system and find that the fan isn’t working, it means that the heat relocation isn’t happening, causing the warm air to hang around in your home. This malfunction can also cause overheating of the compressor and other likely internal harm to your system.
  • Dirty filters: It’s one of the most familiar issues that Daniel's Heating & Refrigeration Corp. sees. These filthy filters in your air conditioner lower suitable airflow, affecting the air quality in your home, which is really difficult when allergy season comes around. Dirty air filters can also reduce the efficiency in your home and boost your monthly energy costs.
  • Blocked air flow: Always check for an obstacle or blockage in your return-air or supply-air grille. This can initiate your air conditioner to decrease efficiency and reduce speed.
    TIP: Make sure the grilles aren’t covered by furniture or other home items, too.
  • Outside obstructions: Correct air flow could be also slowed down from outdoor barriers near your system, such as shrubbery, trees, lawn chairs, etc. When the air flow is hindered, it can affect it’s cooling capacities. Make sure that your system is free from obstacles and is cleaned regularly to reduce the possibility of air conditioner replacement.

Once you’ve worked through 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 functioning again. (Only go to the next question if the system doesn’t start 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 whole or has it blown a fuse or tripped a circuit breaker?
  6. If none of these things fix your system function, call Daniel's Heating & Refrigeration Corp. at 804-379-1155.

Don’t let an air conditioner breakdown or replacement keep you restless at night. If you follow these tips and keep your system under annual maintenance, you should have you air conditioner working again in no time. Our team at Daniel's Heating & Refrigeration Corp. in Midlothian is always here to assist – give us a call at 804-379-1155 or schedule an appointment online for us to come look at your air conditioner and answer any questions you may have.