Air Conditioner Replacement: what to do when your air conditioner stops working05/28/2015Living in coolness in the summer can be taken for granted, especially until you encounter a taste of uneasiness with an air conditioner breakdown. It can hit at the worst moments; you’re eating lunch and abruptly feel how warm your kitchen feels or you can’t fall asleep at night because you are so hot bound in your covers. Think you’re feeling this uncomfortable feeling? It might be the moment for an air conditioner replacement. More often than not, it isn’t the thermostat’s mistake; the settings can be operating appropriately, 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 professionals to find out what’s wrong. There are many reasons why air conditioners break down, especially taking into consideration the weather in West Columbia. Here are a couple of things that you can examine for before you call Tri City Fuel & Heating Co., Inc. if you think your air conditioner has stopped working: Broken outdoor fan motor: There is a fan motor on your external 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 working, it means that the heat transfer isn’t occurring, causing the warm air to hang around in your home. This problem can also trigger overheating of the compressor and other possible internal damage to your system. Dirty filters: It’s one of the most likely issues that Tri City Fuel & Heating Co., Inc. sees. These unclean filters in your air conditioner lower suitable airflow, affecting the air quality in your home, which is really tricky when allergy season comes around. Filthy air filters can also lower the efficiency in your home and raise your monthly energy costs. Blocked air flow: Always search for an obstacle 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 concealed by furniture or other home items, as well. Outside obstructions: Correct air flow could be also deterred from outdoor obstructions near your system, such as shrubbery, trees, lawn chairs, etc. When the air flow is deterred, it can affect it’s cooling abilities. Make sure that your system is unrestricted by obstacles and is cleaned regularly to reduce the possibility of air conditioner replacement. Once you’ve completed these four system checks and your air conditioner still isn’t running, here are a list of questions and steps that you should check and answer to get your system up and running again. (Only go to the next question if the system doesn’t turn on after doing the step before it): Is your thermostat temperature set below the indoor temperature? Is your system switch in the COOL setting? Is the outdoor unit power supply switch ON? Is the furnace/air handler power supply ON? Is your house fuse box/breaker box whole or has it blown a fuse or tripped a circuit breaker? If none of these things change your system function, call Tri City Fuel & Heating Co., Inc. at 803-796-9172. Don’t let an air conditioner failure or replacement keep you up at night. If you follow these procedures and keep your system under routine maintenance, you should have you air conditioner working again in no time. Our team at Tri City Fuel & Heating Co., Inc. in West Columbia is always here to assist – give us a call at 803-796-9172 or set-up an appointment online for us to come look at your air conditioner and answer any questions you may have.