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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 experience a taste of discomfort with an air conditioner breakdown. It can occur at the worst moments; you’re eating lunch and abruptly feel 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 correctly, but it still states that the temperature is beyond 80 degrees. It’s most often caused by an old or faulty air conditioner that needs a call to the professionals to find out what’s wrong. There are many reasons why air conditioners fail, especially bearing in mind the weather in McHenry. Here are some things that you can examine for before you call Jett's Heating & Air 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 transport the heat from your home to the outdoors. If you scrutinize your system and see that the fan isn’t working, it means that the heat movement isn’t happening, causing the warm air to remain in your home. This problem can also cause overheating of the compressor and other possible internal destruction to your system.
  • Dirty filters: It’s one of the most common troubles that Jett's Heating & Air Inc. sees. These dirty filters in your air conditioner lower proper airflow, affecting the air quality in your home, which is really problematic when allergy season comes around. Dirty air filters can also decrease the efficiency in your home and increase your monthly energy costs.
  • Blocked air flow: Always check for an barrier or jam 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, too.
  • Outside obstructions: Correct air flow could be also hindered from outdoor barriers around 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 possibility 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 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 intact 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 815-459-4700.

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 815-459-4700 or set-up an appointment online for us to come check your air conditioner and answer any questions you may have.