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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, especially until you feel a taste of uneasiness with an air conditioner breakdown. It can hit at the worst moments; you’re eating lunch and suddenly recognize 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 uneasiness? It might be an occasion for an air conditioner replacement.

Often times, it isn’t the thermostat’s fault; the settings can be operating correctly, but it still states that the temperature is beyond 80 degrees. It’s usually caused by an ancient or faulty air conditioner that needs a call to the pros to find out what’s wrong. There are many causes for why air conditioners fail, especially considering the weather in Lexington. Here are some things that you can look for before you call James Heating & A/C, 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 inspect your system and discover that the fan isn’t working, it means that the heat movement isn’t occurring, causing the warm air to stay in your home. This failure can also initiate overheating of the compressor and other likely internal harm to your system.
  • Dirty filters: It’s one of the most familiar issues that James Heating & A/C, Inc sees. These unclean filters in your air conditioner decrease suitable airflow, affecting the air quality in your home, which is really difficult when allergy season strikes. Dirty air filters can also decrease the efficiency in your home and raise your monthly energy costs.
  • Blocked air flow: Always check for an obstacle or jam in your return-air or supply-air grille. This can initiate your air conditioner to decrease efficiency and slow down.
    TIP: Make sure the grilles aren’t concealed by furniture or other home items, also.
  • Outside obstructions: Proper air flow could be also slowed down from outside obstructions close to your system, such as shrubbery, trees, lawn chairs, etc. When the air flow is deterred, it can change it’s cooling capacities. Make sure that your system is uninhibited by obstacles and is cleaned routinely to lower the likelihood of air conditioner replacement.

Once you’ve worked through these four system checks and your air conditioner still isn’t operating, here are a list of questions and steps that you should inspect and answer to get your system up and functioning again. (Only move on to the next question if the system doesn’t switch on 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 change your system procedure, call James Heating & A/C, Inc at 336-853-6070.

Don’t let an air conditioner breakdown or replacement keep you restless at night. If you follow these steps and keep your system under routine maintenance, you should have you air conditioner running again in no time. Our team at James Heating & A/C, Inc in Lexington is always here to be of service – give us a call at 336-853-6070 or set-up an appointment online for us to come inspect your air conditioner and answer any questions you may have.