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

May 28, 2015

Living at ease in the summer can be taken for granted, mainly until you encounter a taste of anxiety with an air conditioner breakdown. It can occur at the worst moments; you’re eating lunch and unexpectedly recognize 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 uncomfortable feeling? It might be time for an air conditioner replacement.

Usually, it isn’t the thermostat’s fault; the settings can be running appropriately, but it still reads that the temperature is over 80 degrees. It’s usually caused by an ancient or faulty air conditioner that demands a call to the experts to find out what’s wrong. There are many explanations why air conditioners break down, especially considering the weather in Excelsior Springs. Here are some things that you can look for before you call Colvin's Heating and Cooling if you think your air conditioner has broken down:

  • 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 examine your system and see that the fan isn’t working, 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 likely internal destruction to your system.
  • Dirty filters: It’s one of the most likely problems that Colvin's Heating and Cooling sees. These dirty filters in your air conditioner lower appropriate airflow, affecting the air quality in your home, which is really tricky 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 look for an obstacle or obstruction in your return-air or supply-air grille. This can cause your air conditioner to lose efficiency and reduce speed.
    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 outside blockages close to 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 uninhibited by 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 running, 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 switch 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 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 alter your system function, call Colvin's Heating and Cooling at 816-379-3918.

Don’t let an air conditioner failure or replacement keep you awake at night. If you follow these steps and keep your system under routine maintenance, you should have you air conditioner working again in no time. Our team at Colvin's Heating and Cooling in Excelsior Springs is always here to assist – give us a call at 816-379-3918.