Air Conditioner Replacement: what to do when your air conditioner stops working05/28/2015Living in comfort in the summer can be taken for granted, especially until you feel a taste of discomfort with an air conditioner malfunction. It can hit at the worst moments; you’re eating lunch and abruptly 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 uncomfortable feeling? It might be an occasion for an air conditioner replacement. More often than not, it isn’t the thermostat’s mistake; the settings can be operating correctly, but it still states that the temperature is over 80 degrees. It’s most often caused by an ancient or faulty air conditioner that demands a call to the professionals to find out what’s wrong. There are many explanations why air conditioners break down, especially bearing in mind the weather in Laguna Hills. Here are a few things that you can look for before you call White Mechanical, 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 move 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 relocation isn’t occurring, causing the warm air to stay in your home. This problem can also cause overheating of the compressor and other likely internal damage to your system. Dirty filters: It’s one of the most likely troubles that White Mechanical, 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 hits. Unclean air filters can also reduce the efficiency in your home and raise your monthly energy costs. Blocked air flow: Always check for an obstacle 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, too. Outside obstructions: Good air flow could be also hindered from outdoor obstructions around your system, such as shrubbery, trees, lawn chairs, etc. When the air flow is hindered, it can change it’s cooling capabilities. Make sure that your system is unrestricted by obstacles and is cleaned frequently to decrease the possibility of air conditioner replacement. Once you’ve gone through these four system checks and your air conditioner still isn’t working, here are a list of questions and additional checks that you should inspect and answer to get your system up and running again. (Only progress to the next question if the system doesn’t start after doing the step before it): Is your thermostat temperature programmed below the indoor temperature? Is your system switch in the COOL setting? Is the outdoor unit power supply switch ON? Is the furnace/air handler power supply ON? Is your house fuse box/breaker box ok or has it blown a fuse or tripped a circuit breaker? If none of these things fix your system operation, call White Mechanical, Inc. at 949-716-8379. Don’t let an air conditioner breakdown or replacement keep you restless at night. If you follow these tips and keep your system under regular maintenance, you should have you air conditioner operating again in no time. Our team at White Mechanical, Inc. in Laguna Hills is always here to help – give us a call at 949-716-8379 or set-up an appointment online for us to come look at your air conditioner and answer any questions you may have.