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

Living in coolness in the summer can be taken for granted, especially until you encounter a taste of discomfort 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 toasty wrapped in your covers. Think you’re feeling this uneasiness? It might be an occasion for an air conditioner replacement.

Usually, it isn’t the thermostat’s fault; the settings can be running properly, but it still says that the temperature is above 80 degrees. It’s most often caused by an old or faulty air conditioner that requires a call to the professionals to find out what’s wrong. There are many causes for why air conditioners fail, especially taking into consideration the weather in Buellton. Here are a couple of things that you can look for before you call Allstar Heating & Air Conditioning if you think your air conditioner has stopped working:

  • 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 examine your system and see that the fan isn’t running, it means that the heat relocation isn’t transpiring, causing the warm air to remain 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 familiar issues that Allstar Heating & Air Conditioning sees. These unclean filters in your air conditioner decrease suitable airflow, affecting the air quality in your home, which is really problematic when allergy season hits. Filthy air filters can also lower the efficiency in your home and increase your monthly energy costs.
  • Blocked air flow: Always search for an obstacle or blockage in your return-air or supply-air grille. This can initiate your air conditioner to lose efficiency and slow down.
    TIP: Make sure the grilles aren’t concealed by furniture or other home items, too.
  • Outside obstructions: Correct air flow could be also slowed down from exterior 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 unrestricted by obstacles and is cleaned frequently to decrease the likelihood of air conditioner replacement.

Once you’ve worked through 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 working 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 programmed 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 whole or has it blown a fuse or tripped a circuit breaker?
  6. If none of these things change your system function, call Allstar Heating & Air Conditioning at 805-688-4018.

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 working again in no time. Our team at Allstar Heating & Air Conditioning in Buellton is always here to assist – give us a call at 805-688-4018 or set-up an appointment online for us to come look at your air conditioner and answer any questions you may have.