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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 feel a taste of anxiety with an air conditioner breakdown. It can occur at the worst moments; you’re eating lunch and unexpectedly recognize how warm your kitchen feels or you can’t fall asleep at night because you are so warm bound in your covers. Think you’re feeling this discomfort? It might be an occasion for an air conditioner replacement.

More often than not, it isn’t the thermostat’s mistake; the settings can be working appropriately, but it still states that the temperature is beyond 80 degrees. It’s most often caused by an ancient or faulty air conditioner that requires 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 Carlsbad. Here are a few things that you can search for before you call Banister's Heating & Air Conditioning Services if you think your air conditioner has quit 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 scrutinize your system and find that the fan isn’t working, it means that the heat relocation isn’t transpiring, causing the warm air to remain in your home. This problem can also initiate overheating of the compressor and other potential internal destruction to your system.
  • Dirty filters: It’s one of the most familiar problems that Banister's Heating & Air Conditioning Services sees. These filthy filters in your air conditioner lower appropriate airflow, affecting the air quality in your home, which is really problematic when allergy season comes around. Dirty air filters can also decrease the efficiency in your home and raise your monthly energy costs.
  • Blocked air flow: Always check for an obstruction or obstruction in your return-air or supply-air grille. This can set off your air conditioner to waste efficiency and slow down.
    TIP: Make sure the grilles aren’t hidden by furniture or other home items, as well.
  • Outside obstructions: Correct air flow could be also deterred from exterior barriers around your system, such as shrubbery, trees, lawn chairs, etc. When the air flow is hindered, it can affect it’s cooling capabilities. Make sure that your system is free from obstacles and is cleaned frequently to reduce the possibility 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 additional checks 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 switch on after doing the step before it):

  1. Is your thermostat temperature fixed below the indoor temperature?
  2. Is your system switch in the COOL setting?
  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 whole or has it blown a fuse or tripped a circuit breaker?
  6. If none of these things alter your system function, call Banister's Heating & Air Conditioning Services at 575-887-7777.

Don’t let an air conditioner malfunction or replacement keep you restless at night. If you follow these steps and keep your system under regular maintenance, you should have you air conditioner running again in no time. Our team at Banister's Heating & Air Conditioning Services in Carlsbad is always here to be of service – give us a call at 575-887-7777 or arrange an appointment online for us to come look at your air conditioner and answer any questions you may have.