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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 experience a taste of anxiety with an air conditioner malfunction. It can hit 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 hot enfolded in your covers. Think you’re feeling this uncomfortable feeling? It might be an occasion for an air conditioner replacement.

Usually, it isn’t the thermostat’s fault; the settings can be operating appropriately, but it still says that the temperature is beyond 80 degrees. It’s often times 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 taking into consideration the weather in Colorado Springs. Here are some things that you can search for before you call Mitchell Heating if you think your air conditioner has quit working:

  • 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 examine your system and find that the fan isn’t running, it means that the heat transfer isn’t transpiring, causing the warm air to stay in your home. This problem can also initiate overheating of the compressor and other potential internal destruction to your system.
  • Dirty filters: It’s one of the most common troubles that Mitchell Heating sees. These unclean filters in your air conditioner lower suitable airflow, affecting the air quality in your home, which is really tricky when allergy season hits. Filthy air filters can also decrease the efficiency in your home and boost your monthly energy costs.
  • Blocked air flow: Always search for an obstruction or obstruction in your return-air or supply-air grille. This can set off your air conditioner to lose efficiency and reduce speed.
    TIP: Make sure the grilles aren’t hidden by furniture or other home items, as well.
  • Outside obstructions: Proper 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 affect it’s cooling capabilities. Make sure that your system is uninhibited by obstacles and is cleaned frequently to reduce the chance of air conditioner replacement.

Once you’ve worked through these four system checks and your air conditioner still isn’t running, here are a list of questions and steps that you should look into and answer to get your system up and running again. (Only progress to the next question if the system doesn’t switch on after doing the step before it):

  1. Is your thermostat temperature fixed 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 fix your system operation, call Mitchell Heating at 719-596-6677.

Don’t let an air conditioner failure 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 running again in no time. Our team at Mitchell Heating in Colorado Springs is always here to be of service – give us a call at 719-596-6677 or schedule an appointment online for us to come inspect your air conditioner and answer any questions you may have.