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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 experience a taste of anxiety with an air conditioner failure. It can occur at the worst moments; you’re eating lunch and unexpectedly recognize 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 uneasiness? It might be time for an air conditioner replacement.

Often times, it isn’t the thermostat’s mistake; the settings can be operating properly, but it still reads 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 professionals to find out what’s wrong. There are many reasons why air conditioners fail, especially taking into consideration the weather in Middletown. Here are some things that you can search for before you call Schagrin Gas Company if you think your air conditioner has quit working:

  • Broken outdoor fan motor: There is a fan motor on your external air conditioning system that helps flow the heat from your home to the outdoors. If you examine your system and discover that the fan isn’t working, it means that the heat movement isn’t transpiring, causing the warm air to remain in your home. This failure can also trigger overheating of the compressor and other potential internal damage to your system.
  • Dirty filters: It’s one of the most likely issues that Schagrin Gas Company sees. These filthy filters in your air conditioner decrease suitable airflow, affecting the air quality in your home, which is really problematic when allergy season hits. 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 blockage in your return-air or supply-air grille. This can cause your air conditioner to waste efficiency and decelerate.
    TIP: Make sure the grilles aren’t hidden by furniture or other home items, also.
  • Outside obstructions: Proper air flow could be also hindered from outdoor obstructions near your system, such as shrubbery, trees, lawn chairs, etc. When the air flow is hindered, it can affect it’s cooling capacities. Make sure that your system is free from obstacles and is cleaned frequently to lower the possibility of air conditioner replacement.

Once you’ve completed these four system checks and your air conditioner still isn’t operating, here are a list of questions and tests that you should inspect 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 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 intact or has it blown a fuse or tripped a circuit breaker?
  6. If none of these things fix your system function, call Schagrin Gas Company at 302-658-2000.

Don’t let an air conditioner failure or replacement keep you awake at night. If you follow these steps and keep your system under regular maintenance, you should have you air conditioner operating again in no time. Our team at Schagrin Gas Company in Middletown is always here to help – give us a call at 302-658-2000 or schedule an appointment online for us to come check your air conditioner and answer any questions you may have.