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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, especially until you experience a taste of discomfort with an air conditioner malfunction. It can occur at the worst moments; you’re eating lunch and abruptly realize how warm your kitchen feels or you can’t fall asleep at night because you are so warm enfolded in your covers. Think you’re feeling this discomfort? It might be time for an air conditioner replacement.

Often times, it isn’t the thermostat’s error; the settings can be running appropriately, but it still says that the temperature is above 80 degrees. It’s most often 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 stop working, especially bearing in mind the weather in Raceland. Here are a couple of things that you can look for before you call Guidry's Air Conditioning & Refrigeration Service 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 flow the heat from your home to the outdoors. If you inspect your system and see that the fan isn’t functioning properly, it means that the heat relocation isn’t occurring, causing the warm air to stay in your home. This malfunction can also initiate overheating of the compressor and other potential internal damage to your system.
  • Dirty filters: It’s one of the most likely troubles that Guidry's Air Conditioning & Refrigeration Service sees. These dirty filters in your air conditioner decrease appropriate airflow, affecting the air quality in your home, which is really tricky when allergy season comes around. Unclean air filters can also lower the efficiency in your home and boost your monthly energy costs.
  • Blocked air flow: Always look for an obstacle or obstruction in your return-air or supply-air grille. This can cause your air conditioner to lose efficiency and decelerate.
    TIP: Make sure the grilles aren’t covered by furniture or other home items, also.
  • Outside obstructions: Proper air flow could be also hindered from outside barriers close to your system, such as shrubbery, trees, lawn chairs, etc. When the air flow is altered, it can change it’s cooling abilities. Make sure that your system is free from obstacles and is cleaned frequently to reduce 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 working again. (Only go to the next question if the system doesn’t turn on after doing the step before it):

  1. Is your thermostat temperature programmed below the indoor temperature?
  2. Is your system switch in the COOL position?
  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 intact or has it blown a fuse or tripped a circuit breaker?
  6. If none of these things alter your system function, call Guidry's Air Conditioning & Refrigeration Service at 985-537-6795.

Don’t let an air conditioner failure or replacement keep you up at night. If you follow these steps and keep your system under regular maintenance, you should have you air conditioner operating again in no time. Our team at Guidry's Air Conditioning & Refrigeration Service in Raceland is always here to help – give us a call at 985-537-6795 or set-up an appointment online for us to come look at your air conditioner and answer any questions you may have.