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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, especially until you encounter a taste of discomfort with an air conditioner malfunction. It can hit at the worst moments; you’re eating lunch and unexpectedly feel how warm your kitchen feels or you can’t fall asleep at night because you are so warm wrapped in your covers. Think you’re feeling this discomfort? It might be the moment for an air conditioner replacement.

Often times, it isn’t the thermostat’s mistake; the settings can be running correctly, but it still says that the temperature is beyond 80 degrees. It’s often times caused by an outdated or faulty air conditioner that requires a call to the professionals to find out what’s wrong. There are many reasons why air conditioners break down, especially bearing in mind the weather in the Bay Area. Here are a few things that you can search for before you call Contra Costa Heating & AC 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 transport the heat from your home to the outdoors. If you inspect your system and see that the fan isn’t functioning properly, it means that the heat movement isn’t happening, causing the warm air to stay in your home. This failure can also trigger overheating of the compressor and other possible internal destruction to your system.
  • Dirty filters: It’s one of the most familiar problems that Contra Costa Heating & AC sees. These dirty filters in your air conditioner reduce suitable airflow, affecting the air quality in your home, which is really tricky when allergy season strikes. Filthy air filters can also reduce the efficiency in your home and raise your monthly energy costs.
  • Blocked air flow: Always check for an obstacle or obstruction in your return-air or supply-air grille. This can set off your air conditioner to lose efficiency and reduce speed.
    TIP: Make sure the grilles aren’t hidden by furniture or other home items, too.
  • Outside obstructions: Good air flow could be also deterred from exterior barriers close to your system, such as shrubbery, trees, lawn chairs, etc. When the air flow is deterred, it can change it’s cooling capacities. Make sure that your system is unrestricted by obstacles and is cleaned frequently to reduce the chance of air conditioner replacement.

Once you’ve completed 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 running 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 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 change your system operation, call Contra Costa Heating & AC at 510-343-9841.

Don’t let an air conditioner malfunction or replacement keep you restless at night. If you follow these tips and keep your system under routine maintenance, you should have you air conditioner running again in no time. Our team at Contra Costa Heating & AC in the Bay Area is always here to assist – give us a call at 510-343-9841.

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