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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 occur 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 bound in your covers. Think you’re feeling this uncomfortable feeling? It might be the moment for an air conditioner replacement.

More often than not, it isn’t the thermostat’s error; the settings can be working correctly, but it still states that the temperature is over 80 degrees. It’s most often caused by an ancient or faulty air conditioner that demands a call to the professionals to find out what’s wrong. There are many explanations why air conditioners stop working, especially bearing in mind the weather in Marshalltown. Here are a couple of things that you can examine for before you call B & G HVAC 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 scrutinize your system and see that the fan isn’t running, it means that the heat relocation isn’t transpiring, causing the warm air to stay in your home. This malfunction can also initiate overheating of the compressor and other potential internal damage to your system.
  • Dirty filters: It’s one of the most likely problems that B & G HVAC sees. These dirty filters in your air conditioner reduce appropriate airflow, affecting the air quality in your home, which is really difficult when allergy season strikes. Unclean air filters can also reduce the efficiency in your home and raise your monthly energy costs.
  • Blocked air flow: Always check for an obstruction or blockage in your return-air or supply-air grille. This can cause your air conditioner to lose efficiency and slow down.
    TIP: Make sure the grilles aren’t covered by furniture or other home items, as well.
  • Outside obstructions: Correct air flow could be also deterred from outdoor blockages close to your system, such as shrubbery, trees, lawn chairs, etc. When the air flow is altered, it can change it’s cooling abilities. Make sure that your system is unrestricted by obstacles and is cleaned regularly to lower the chance 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 steps that you should check and answer to get your system up and running 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 fixed below the indoor temperature?
  2. Is your system switch in the COOL position?
  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 fix your system operation, call B & G HVAC at 641-752-3429.

Don’t let an air conditioner malfunction or replacement keep you up at night. If you follow these steps and keep your system under regular maintenance, you should have you air conditioner running again in no time. Our team at B & G HVAC in Marshalltown is always here to help – give us a call at 641-752-3429 or set-up an appointment online for us to come check your air conditioner and answer any questions you may have.