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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 encounter a taste of anxiety with an air conditioner failure. 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 toasty 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 error; the settings can be operating properly, but it still reads that the temperature is over 80 degrees. It’s usually caused by an ancient or faulty air conditioner that needs a call to the experts to find out what’s wrong. There are many reasons why air conditioners break down, especially considering the weather in Baltimore. Here are some things that you can examine for before you call Quality Refrigeration 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 find that the fan isn’t functioning properly, it means that the heat transfer 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 damage to your system.
  • Dirty filters: It’s one of the most likely troubles that Quality Refrigeration sees. These dirty filters in your air conditioner lower suitable airflow, affecting the air quality in your home, which is really tricky when allergy season strikes. Unclean air filters can also decrease the efficiency in your home and increase your monthly energy costs.
  • Blocked air flow: Always look for an barrier 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, also.
  • Outside obstructions: Correct air flow could be also slowed down from outside blockages near your system, such as shrubbery, trees, lawn chairs, etc. When the air flow is hindered, it can affect it’s cooling abilities. Make sure that your system is free from obstacles and is cleaned regularly to decrease the possibility of air conditioner replacement.

Once you’ve gone through these four system checks and your air conditioner still isn’t running, here are a list of questions and tests 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 turn 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 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 alter your system operation, call Quality Refrigeration at 410-355-6010.

Don’t let an air conditioner breakdown or replacement keep you restless at night. If you follow these procedures and keep your system under routine maintenance, you should have you air conditioner running again in no time. Our team at Quality Refrigeration in Baltimore is always here to help – give us a call at 410-355-6010 or schedule an appointment online for us to come check your air conditioner and answer any questions you may have.