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

Living in coolness in the summer can be taken for granted, particularly until you feel a taste of discomfort with an air conditioner breakdown. 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 warm enfolded in your covers. Think you’re feeling this discomfort? It might be the moment for an air conditioner replacement.

Usually, it isn’t the thermostat’s error; the settings can be running appropriately, but it still states that the temperature is beyond 80 degrees. It’s most often caused by an old or faulty air conditioner that requires a call to the professionals to find out what’s wrong. There are many causes for why air conditioners fail, especially bearing in mind the weather in McHenry. Here are a few things that you can examine for before you call Jett's Heating & Air Inc. if you think your air conditioner has broken down:

  • Broken outdoor fan motor: There is a fan motor on your exterior air conditioning system that helps transport the heat from your home to the outdoors. If you scrutinize your system and see that the fan isn’t running, it means that the heat movement isn’t happening, causing the warm air to remain in your home. This problem can also trigger overheating of the compressor and other potential internal destruction to your system.
  • Dirty filters: It’s one of the most common troubles that Jett's Heating & Air Inc. sees. These unclean filters in your air conditioner lower appropriate airflow, affecting the air quality in your home, which is really problematic when allergy season comes around. Dirty air filters can also reduce the efficiency in your home and boost your monthly energy costs.
  • Blocked air flow: Always check for an obstruction or jam in your return-air or supply-air grille. This can cause your air conditioner to decrease efficiency and slow down.
    TIP: Make sure the grilles aren’t concealed by furniture or other home items, as well.
  • Outside obstructions: Correct air flow could be also hindered from outdoor barriers near your system, such as shrubbery, trees, lawn chairs, etc. When the air flow is hindered, it can change it’s cooling capacities. Make sure that your system is unrestricted by obstacles and is cleaned regularly to lower 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 steps 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):

  1. Is your thermostat temperature set below the indoor temperature?
  2. Is your system switch in the COOL spot?
  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 procedure, call Jett's Heating & Air Inc. at 815-410-1128.

Don’t let an air conditioner failure 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 Jett's Heating & Air Inc. in McHenry is always here to help – give us a call at 815-410-1128.

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