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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 breakdown. It can happen at the worst moments; you’re eating lunch and suddenly recognize how warm your kitchen feels or you can’t fall asleep at night because you are so hot wrapped in your covers. Think you’re feeling this uneasiness? It might be time for an air conditioner replacement.

Often times, it isn’t the thermostat’s fault; the settings can be working properly, but it still states that the temperature is over 80 degrees. It’s most often caused by an old or faulty air conditioner that requires a call to the pros to find out what’s wrong. There are many reasons why air conditioners stop working, especially considering the weather in Omaha. Here are a few things that you can look for before you call The Frazier Company if you think your air conditioner has broken down:

  • Broken outdoor fan motor: There is a fan motor on your outdoor air conditioning system that helps move 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 transfer isn’t transpiring, causing the warm air to hang around in your home. This failure can also trigger overheating of the compressor and other potential internal harm to your system.
  • Dirty filters: It’s one of the most familiar problems that The Frazier Company sees. These dirty filters in your air conditioner decrease proper airflow, affecting the air quality in your home, which is really problematic when allergy season strikes. Unclean air filters can also decrease 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 cause your air conditioner to lose efficiency and decelerate.
    TIP: Make sure the grilles aren’t hidden by furniture or other home items, too.
  • Outside obstructions: Proper air flow could be also slowed down from outdoor barriers near your system, such as shrubbery, trees, lawn chairs, etc. When the air flow is altered, it can affect it’s cooling abilities. Make sure that your system is uninhibited by obstacles and is cleaned regularly to lower the likelihood of air conditioner replacement.

Once you’ve gone through these four system checks and your air conditioner still isn’t operating, here are a list of questions and steps that you should inspect and answer to get your system up and working again. (Only progress to the next question if the system doesn’t switch 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 ok or has it blown a fuse or tripped a circuit breaker?
  6. If none of these things change your system procedure, call The Frazier Company at 402-896-5900.

Don’t let an air conditioner malfunction or replacement keep you restless at night. If you follow these steps and keep your system under annual maintenance, you should have you air conditioner operating again in no time. Our team at The Frazier Company in Omaha is always here to be of service – give us a call at 402-896-5900.

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