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

Summer and comfort go hand in hand, but when you’re dealing with an air conditioner that isn’t leaving you with the comfort you want, you may need to consider air conditioner replacement. Take a minute and think about this scenario: it’s only a few weeks in to the summer and you’re enjoying an easy day at home. As lunchtime nears, you recognize that it’s beginning to feel awfully warm inside. You check the thermostat and all looks to be well with the settings, but the temperature says 85 degrees.

It’s likely that you rode it out as much as you could, but now it’s time to call in an expert and find out what’s wrong. So what does that mean for you as a homeowner? Well, there are a number of reasons that you may be facing air conditioner replacement. And considering the weather in Elmhurst, you don’t want to be caught without what might be the single most important piece of home comfort equipment you own.

Here are a few things you should be looking for if you think your air conditioner has stopped working:

  • Insufficient air flow. If you recognize a change in air flow, check for a blocked return-air or supply-air grille. Be sure all of these grilles are not obstructed by furniture or other items.
  • Non-working outdoor fan. If you go outside to inspect your air conditioner’s outdoor fan and it doesn’t run, you’ll want to give the professionals at Alan Heating Air Conditioning, Inc. in Elmhurst a call. That fan handles the transferring of heat from your home to the outdoors. If it doesn’t run, that heat transfer isn’t taking place and can cause a number of issues, including overheating of the compressor and other potential internal issues.
  • Outside obstructions. If your air conditioner is currently surrounded by shrubbery or other potential obstructions, there could be an issue with proper air flow to the unit. Over time this could also mean that dirt and debris end up clogging your system and hurting its cooling abilities. Ensure your system is free from obstructions and is cleaned frequently to potentially reduce your chances of needing air conditioner replacement.
  • Dirty filters. One of the most common concerns that Alan Heating Air Conditioning, Inc. has is improperly cared for filters. Dirty filters not only lessen airflow, they can also effect your system’s efficiency and can drive up your monthly energy costs. They also affect air quality and when allergy season is in full-swing, a dirty filter can have a large impact on your home comfort.

If you have checked all of these and your air conditioner still isn’t running, follow these step-by-step instructions, only proceeding to the next step if the system doesn’t start.

  1. Check that the thermostat temperature set-point is set below indoor temperature, and the system switch is in the COOL position.
  2. Is the outdoor unit power supply switch "on"?
  3. Is the furnace/air handler power supply "on"?
  4. Check the house fuse box/breaker box for a blown fuse or tripped circuit breaker.
  5. If the system still does not operate, call Alan Heating Air Conditioning, Inc. at 630-833-1100.

Having a non-working air conditioner and dealing with air conditioner replacement doesn’t have to be a headache. Sure, your system may not be working , but that’s why the team at Alan Heating Air Conditioning, Inc. in Elmhurst is here to help. Give us a call at 630-833-1100 or schedule an appointment online and we’ll be sure to come out and get your system back up and running in no time.