Air Conditioner Replacement: what to do when your air conditioner stops working05/28/2015Living in comfort in the summer can be taken for granted, particularly until you encounter a taste of anxiety with an air conditioner malfunction. It can occur at the worst moments; you’re eating lunch and unexpectedly realize how warm your kitchen feels or you can’t fall asleep at night because you are so hot enfolded 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 operating correctly, but it still reads 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 causes for why air conditioners stop working, especially considering the weather in Excelsior Springs. Here are a couple of things that you can search for before you call Colvin's Inc 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 move the heat from your home to the outdoors. If you scrutinize your system and find that the fan isn’t running, it means that the heat movement isn’t occurring, causing the warm air to hang around in your home. This malfunction can also cause overheating of the compressor and other possible internal destruction to your system. Dirty filters: It’s one of the most common problems that Colvin's Inc sees. These unclean filters in your air conditioner reduce suitable airflow, affecting the air quality in your home, which is really tricky when allergy season hits. Dirty air filters can also reduce the efficiency in your home and increase your monthly energy costs. Blocked air flow: Always search for an barrier or obstruction in your return-air or supply-air grille. This can cause 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: Good air flow could be also slowed down from outside blockages around your system, such as shrubbery, trees, lawn chairs, etc. When the air flow is altered, it can influence it’s cooling capacities. 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 functioning again. (Only move on 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 position? 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 function, call Colvin's Inc at 816-630-2702. Don’t let an air conditioner malfunction or replacement keep you awake at night. If you follow these tips and keep your system under regular maintenance, you should have you air conditioner operating again in no time. Our team at Colvin's Inc in Excelsior Springs is always here to be of service – give us a call at 816-630-2702 or schedule an appointment online for us to come look at your air conditioner and answer any questions you may have.