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Air Conditioner Replacement: what to do when your air conditioner stops working

Living in comfort in the summer can be taken for granted, mainly until you encounter a taste of uneasiness with an air conditioner failure. It can occur 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 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 fault; the settings can be working properly, but it still reads that the temperature is beyond 80 degrees. It’s usually caused by an outdated or faulty air conditioner that demands a call to the pros to find out what’s wrong.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 stop working, especially considering the weather in South Beloit and Belvidere. Here are a couple of things that you can examine for before you call Fleming Heating & Air Conditioning Inc. if you think your air conditioner has broken down:

  • 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 find that the fan isn’t functioning properly, it means that the heat movement isn’t transpiring, causing the warm air to remain in your home. This problem can also trigger overheating of the compressor and other potential internal harm to your system.
  • Dirty filters: It’s one of the most common problems that Fleming Heating & Air Conditioning 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 strikes. Unclean air filters can also lower the efficiency in your home and boost your monthly energy costs.
  • Blocked air flow: Always look for an obstruction or jam in your return-air or supply-air grille. This can set off your air conditioner to decrease efficiency and reduce speed.
    TIP: Make sure the grilles aren’t concealed by furniture or other home items, as well.
  • Outside obstructions: Good air flow could be also slowed down from outside barriers around your system, such as shrubbery, trees, lawn chairs, etc. When the air flow is hindered, it can change 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 worked through these four system checks and your air conditioner still isn’t running, here are a list of questions and steps that you should look into 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 set 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 whole or has it blown a fuse or tripped a circuit breaker?
  6. If none of these things alter your system operation, call Fleming Heating & Air Conditioning Inc. at 877-389-2465.

Don’t let an air conditioner failure or replacement keep you up at night. If you follow these steps and keep your system under routine maintenance, you should have you air conditioner operating again in no time. Our team at Fleming Heating & Air Conditioning Inc. in South Beloit and Belvidere is always here to be of service – give us a call at 877-389-2465 or set-up an appointment online for us to come inspect your air conditioner and answer any questions you may have.