Living 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 happen 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 toasty enfolded in your covers. Think you’re feeling this uncomfortable feeling? It might be time for an air conditioner replacement.
More often than not, it isn’t the thermostat’s error; the settings can be working properly, but it still reads that the temperature is beyond 80 degrees. It’s usually caused by an old or faulty air conditioner that requires a call to the professionals to find out what’s wrong. There are many reasons why air conditioners stop working, especially taking into consideration the weather in Greensburg. Here are some things that you can search for before you call Wallpe Heating & Cooling if you think your air conditioner has broken down:
- 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 inspect your system and find that the fan isn’t running, it means that the heat movement isn’t transpiring, 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 likely issues that Wallpe Heating & Cooling sees. These dirty filters in your air conditioner lower proper airflow, affecting the air quality in your home, which is really tricky when allergy season comes around. Dirty air filters can also decrease the efficiency in your home and increase your monthly energy costs.
- Blocked air flow: Always search for an barrier or blockage in your return-air or supply-air grille. This can set off your air conditioner to waste efficiency and reduce speed.
TIP: Make sure the grilles aren’t hidden by furniture or other home items, as well.
- Outside obstructions: Correct air flow could be also slowed down from exterior obstructions close to your system, such as shrubbery, trees, lawn chairs, etc. When the air flow is altered, it can change it’s cooling capacities. Make sure that your system is unrestricted by obstacles and is cleaned frequently to lower the likelihood 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 check and answer to get your system up and running again. (Only move on to the next question if the system doesn’t turn on after doing the step before it):
- Is your thermostat temperature programmed below the indoor temperature?
- Is your system switch in the COOL spot?
- 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 fix your system operation, call Wallpe Heating & Cooling at 812-663-7252.
Don’t let an air conditioner breakdown 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 operating again in no time. Our team at Wallpe Heating & Cooling in Greensburg is always here to assist – give us a call at 812-663-7252.