Air Conditioner Replacement: what to do when your air conditioner stops working05/28/2015Living at ease in the summer can be taken for granted, particularly until you feel a taste of discomfort with an air conditioner malfunction. 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 hot bound in your covers. Think you’re feeling this discomfort? It might be time for an air conditioner replacement. Usually, it isn’t the thermostat’s error; the settings can be working properly, but it still reads that the temperature is over 80 degrees. It’s usually caused by an ancient or faulty air conditioner that needs a call to the pros to find out what’s wrong. There are many explanations why air conditioners stop working, especially taking into consideration the weather in Erie. Here are a few things that you can search for before you call Patterson & Stirling 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 find that the fan isn’t functioning properly, it means that the heat transfer isn’t happening, causing the warm air to stay in your home. This problem can also cause overheating of the compressor and other likely internal destruction to your system. Dirty filters: It’s one of the most common issues that Patterson & Stirling Inc sees. These unclean filters in your air conditioner reduce appropriate airflow, affecting the air quality in your home, which is really problematic when allergy season comes around. Filthy 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 jam in your return-air or supply-air grille. This can set off your air conditioner to decrease efficiency and reduce speed. TIP: Make sure the grilles aren’t concealed by furniture or other home items, too. Outside obstructions: Proper air flow could be also deterred from outside blockages near your system, such as shrubbery, trees, lawn chairs, etc. When the air flow is deterred, it can affect it’s cooling capacities. Make sure that your system is unrestricted by obstacles and is cleaned routinely to lower 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 additional checks that you should inspect and answer to get your system up and functioning again. (Only progress to the next question if the system doesn’t start after doing the step before it): Is your thermostat temperature programmed below the indoor temperature? Is your system switch in the COOL setting? Is the outdoor unit power supply switch ON? Is the furnace/air handler power supply ON? Is your house fuse box/breaker box intact or has it blown a fuse or tripped a circuit breaker? If none of these things change your system operation, call Patterson & Stirling Inc at 814-833-5558. Don’t let an air conditioner breakdown or replacement keep you up at night. If you follow these procedures and keep your system under annual maintenance, you should have you air conditioner operating again in no time. Our team at Patterson & Stirling Inc in Erie is always here to help – give us a call at 814-833-5558 or schedule an appointment online for us to come look at your air conditioner and answer any questions you may have.