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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, particularly until you encounter a taste of uneasiness with an air conditioner breakdown. It can happen 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 wrapped in your covers. Think you’re feeling this uncomfortable feeling? It might be an occasion for an air conditioner replacement.

Usually, it isn’t the thermostat’s mistake; the settings can be working correctly, but it still states that the temperature is above 80 degrees. It’s often times caused by an ancient or faulty air conditioner that needs a call to the pros to find out what’s wrong. There are many reasons why air conditioners fail, especially bearing in mind the weather in Portland Metro. Here are a few things that you can look for before you call Central Air 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 transport the heat from your home to the outdoors. If you examine your system and find that the fan isn’t working, it means that the heat relocation isn’t transpiring, causing the warm air to hang around in your home. This problem can also cause overheating of the compressor and other possible internal harm to your system.
  • Dirty filters: It’s one of the most likely issues that Central Air Inc sees. These dirty filters in your air conditioner reduce appropriate airflow, affecting the air quality in your home, which is really tricky when allergy season strikes. Filthy air filters can also decrease the efficiency in your home and boost your monthly energy costs.
  • Blocked air flow: Always search for an barrier or blockage in your return-air or supply-air grille. This can set off your air conditioner to lose efficiency and decelerate.
    TIP: Make sure the grilles aren’t concealed by furniture or other home items, also.
  • Outside obstructions: Proper air flow could be also slowed down 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 abilities. Make sure that your system is unrestricted by obstacles and is cleaned regularly to lower the likelihood 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 look into and answer to get your system up and working 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 programmed 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 whole or has it blown a fuse or tripped a circuit breaker?
  6. If none of these things change your system procedure, call Central Air Inc at 503-656-1908.

Don’t let an air conditioner breakdown or replacement keep you up at night. If you follow these steps and keep your system under annual maintenance, you should have you air conditioner operating again in no time. Our team at Central Air Inc in Portland Metro is always here to help – give us a call at 503-656-1908 or arrange an appointment online for us to come inspect your air conditioner and answer any questions you may have.