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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, especially until you feel a taste of anxiety with an air conditioner malfunction. 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 toasty bound in your covers. Think you’re feeling this discomfort? It might be the moment for an air conditioner replacement.

Usually, it isn’t the thermostat’s fault; the settings can be running appropriately, but it still states that the temperature is beyond 80 degrees. It’s usually caused by an old or faulty air conditioner that needs a call to the pros to find out what’s wrong. There are many explanations why air conditioners fail, especially considering the weather in Rochester. Here are some things that you can examine for before you call Brogan Heating & AC Inc 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 transport the heat from your home to the outdoors. If you inspect your system and discover that the fan isn’t running, it means that the heat relocation isn’t transpiring, causing the warm air to remain in your home. This failure can also cause overheating of the compressor and other possible internal damage to your system.
  • Dirty filters: It’s one of the most common troubles that Brogan Heating & AC Inc sees. These filthy filters in your air conditioner decrease proper airflow, affecting the air quality in your home, which is really tricky when allergy season strikes. Dirty 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 jam in your return-air or supply-air grille. This can initiate your air conditioner to decrease efficiency and slow down.
    TIP: Make sure the grilles aren’t concealed by furniture or other home items, as well.
  • Outside obstructions: Good air flow could be also deterred from outside obstructions around your system, such as shrubbery, trees, lawn chairs, etc. When the air flow is hindered, it can affect it’s cooling capabilities. Make sure that your system is unrestricted by obstacles and is cleaned routinely to decrease the possibility of air conditioner replacement.

Once you’ve worked through these four system checks and your air conditioner still isn’t operating, here are a list of questions and tests that you should check and answer to get your system up and running again. (Only go 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 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 Brogan Heating & AC Inc at 507-218-0088.

Don’t let an air conditioner breakdown or replacement keep you restless at night. If you follow these steps and keep your system under routine maintenance, you should have you air conditioner operating again in no time. Our team at Brogan Heating & AC Inc in Rochester is always here to assist – give us a call at 507-218-0088.

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