Air Conditioner Replacement: what to do when your air conditioner stops working05/28/2015Living in coolness in the summer can be taken for granted, particularly until you experience a taste of discomfort with an air conditioner breakdown. It can happen at the worst moments; you’re eating lunch and abruptly recognize how warm your kitchen feels or you can’t fall asleep at night because you are so hot wrapped 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 running properly, but it still reads that the temperature is beyond 80 degrees. It’s usually caused by an ancient or faulty air conditioner that demands a call to the pros to find out what’s wrong. There are many causes for why air conditioners fail, especially considering the weather in the Upper Rio Grande Valley. Here are a couple of things that you can look for before you call Cytech Heating & Cooling 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 see that the fan isn’t working, it means that the heat relocation isn’t happening, causing the warm air to hang around 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 common issues that Cytech Heating & Cooling sees. These unclean filters in your air conditioner reduce suitable airflow, affecting the air quality in your home, which is really tricky when allergy season strikes. Dirty air filters can also lower the efficiency in your home and boost your monthly energy costs. Blocked air flow: Always search for an barrier or blockage in your return-air or supply-air grille. This can cause 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 obstructions near your system, such as shrubbery, trees, lawn chairs, etc. When the air flow is hindered, it can change it’s cooling capacities. Make sure that your system is unrestricted by obstacles and is cleaned regularly to lower the chance of air conditioner replacement. Once you’ve gone through these four system checks and your air conditioner still isn’t operating, here are a list of questions and additional checks that you should inspect and answer to get your system up and running again. (Only go to the next question if the system doesn’t start after doing the step before it): Is your thermostat temperature fixed below the indoor temperature? Is your system switch in the COOL position? Is the outdoor unit power supply switch ON? Is the furnace/air handler power supply ON? Is your house fuse box/breaker box intact or has it blown a fuse or tripped a circuit breaker? If none of these things alter your system function, call Cytech Heating & Cooling at 956-630-3522. Don’t let an air conditioner breakdown or replacement keep you awake at night. If you follow these steps and keep your system under annual maintenance, you should have you air conditioner operating again in no time. Our team at Cytech Heating & Cooling in the Upper Rio Grande Valley is always here to help – give us a call at 956-630-3522 or schedule an appointment online for us to come inspect your air conditioner and answer any questions you may have.