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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, 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 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 fault; the settings can be running appropriately, but it still states that the temperature is over 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 explanations why air conditioners break down, especially taking into consideration the weather in Lodi. Here are a few things that you can search for before you call Tokay Heating and Air Conditioning if you think your air conditioner has stopped working:

  • Broken outdoor fan motor: There is a fan motor on your external air conditioning system that helps flow the heat from your home to the outdoors. If you examine your system and find that the fan isn’t running, it means that the heat movement isn’t happening, 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 common troubles that Tokay Heating and Air Conditioning sees. These filthy filters in your air conditioner decrease appropriate airflow, affecting the air quality in your home, which is really problematic when allergy season strikes. Filthy air filters can also reduce the efficiency in your home and boost your monthly energy costs.
  • Blocked air flow: Always check for an barrier or obstruction in your return-air or supply-air grille. This can initiate your air conditioner to lose efficiency and slow down.
    TIP: Make sure the grilles aren’t covered by furniture or other home items, as well.
  • Outside obstructions: Correct 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 hindered, it can change it’s cooling capabilities. Make sure that your system is unrestricted by obstacles and is cleaned regularly to reduce the chance 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 check and answer to get your system up and functioning again. (Only progress to the next question if the system doesn’t start 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 change your system function, call Tokay Heating and Air Conditioning at 209-257-3156.

Don’t let an air conditioner failure or replacement keep you restless at night. If you follow these tips and keep your system under routine maintenance, you should have you air conditioner running again in no time. Our team at Tokay Heating and Air Conditioning in Lodi is always here to be of service – give us a call at 209-257-3156.

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