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

Living in comfort in the summer can be taken for granted, especially until you feel a taste of uneasiness with an air conditioner failure. It can occur at the worst moments; you’re eating lunch and suddenly feel how warm your kitchen feels or you can’t fall asleep at night because you are so toasty wrapped 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 fault; the settings can be working properly, but it still states that the temperature is above 80 degrees. It’s often times caused by an old or faulty air conditioner that needs a call to the pros to find out what’s wrong. There are many reasons why air conditioners break down, especially considering the weather in Rock Hill. Here are a few things that you can examine for before you call US Air Heating and Cooling if you think your air conditioner has quit 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 transfer isn’t happening, causing the warm air to stay in your home. This problem can also cause overheating of the compressor and other potential internal harm to your system.
  • Dirty filters: It’s one of the most likely issues that US Air Heating and Cooling sees. These filthy filters in your air conditioner lower proper airflow, affecting the air quality in your home, which is really tricky when allergy season strikes. Dirty air filters can also lower the efficiency in your home and raise your monthly energy costs.
  • Blocked air flow: Always look for an obstacle or obstruction in your return-air or supply-air grille. This can initiate your air conditioner to lose efficiency and reduce speed.
    TIP: Make sure the grilles aren’t concealed by furniture or other home items, too.
  • Outside obstructions: Good air flow could be also slowed down from exterior barriers close to your system, such as shrubbery, trees, lawn chairs, etc. When the air flow is deterred, it can affect it’s cooling abilities. Make sure that your system is free from obstacles and is cleaned frequently to reduce the possibility of air conditioner replacement.

Once you’ve completed these four system checks and your air conditioner still isn’t working, here are a list of questions and tests 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 fixed below the indoor temperature?
  2. Is your system switch in the COOL setting?
  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 US Air Heating and Cooling at 803-980-4328.

Don’t let an air conditioner malfunction or replacement keep you awake at night. If you follow these procedures and keep your system under regular maintenance, you should have you air conditioner operating again in no time. Our team at US Air Heating and Cooling in Rock Hill is always here to be of service – give us a call at 803-980-4328 or arrange an appointment online for us to come check your air conditioner and answer any questions you may have.