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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, particularly until you feel a taste of discomfort with an air conditioner malfunction. It can happen at the worst moments; you’re eating lunch and unexpectedly realize 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 uncomfortable feeling? It might be an occasion for an air conditioner replacement.

Often times, it isn’t the thermostat’s fault; the settings can be working correctly, but it still says that the temperature is beyond 80 degrees. It’s most often caused by an outdated or faulty air conditioner that needs a call to the professionals to find out what’s wrong. There are many causes for why air conditioners stop working, especially taking into consideration the weather in the Main Line. Here are a couple of things that you can examine for before you call O'Brien Heating & Air Conditioning 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 scrutinize your system and find that the fan isn’t running, it means that the heat relocation isn’t happening, causing the warm air to stay in your home. This malfunction can also cause overheating of the compressor and other likely internal harm to your system.
  • Dirty filters: It’s one of the most familiar problems that O'Brien Heating & Air Conditioning sees. These unclean filters in your air conditioner reduce proper airflow, affecting the air quality in your home, which is really problematic when allergy season comes around. Dirty air filters can also decrease the efficiency in your home and boost your monthly energy costs.
  • Blocked air flow: Always check for an obstacle or jam in your return-air or supply-air grille. This can set off your air conditioner to waste efficiency and slow down.
    TIP: Make sure the grilles aren’t concealed by furniture or other home items, as well.
  • Outside obstructions: Good air flow could be also hindered from outdoor blockages close to your system, such as shrubbery, trees, lawn chairs, etc. When the air flow is altered, it can influence it’s cooling capacities. Make sure that your system is unrestricted by obstacles and is cleaned routinely to lower the chance of air conditioner replacement.

Once you’ve completed these four system checks and your air conditioner still isn’t working, here are a list of questions and steps 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 turn 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 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 operation, call O'Brien Heating & Air Conditioning at 610-626-2540.

Don’t let an air conditioner malfunction or replacement keep you restless at night. If you follow these tips and keep your system under annual maintenance, you should have you air conditioner running again in no time. Our team at O'Brien Heating & Air Conditioning in the Main Line is always here to help – give us a call at 610-626-2540 or arrange an appointment online for us to come inspect your air conditioner and answer any questions you may have.