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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, mainly until you feel a taste of discomfort with an air conditioner failure. It can happen 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 toasty bound in your covers. Think you’re feeling this discomfort? It might be time for an air conditioner replacement.

More often than not, it isn’t the thermostat’s fault; the settings can be running appropriately, but it still says that the temperature is above 80 degrees. It’s often times caused by an old or faulty air conditioner that requires a call to the professionals to find out what’s wrong. There are many causes for why air conditioners fail, especially taking into consideration the weather in Wisconsin Rapids. Here are a couple of things that you can examine for before you call Rapids Sheet Metal Works Inc if you think your air conditioner has broken down:

  • 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 examine your system and discover 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 malfunction can also trigger overheating of the compressor and other potential internal destruction to your system.
  • Dirty filters: It’s one of the most common troubles that Rapids Sheet Metal Works Inc sees. These dirty filters in your air conditioner decrease suitable airflow, affecting the air quality in your home, which is really difficult when allergy season hits. Filthy air filters can also reduce the efficiency in your home and boost your monthly energy costs.
  • Blocked air flow: Always search for an obstruction or jam in your return-air or supply-air grille. This can initiate your air conditioner to waste efficiency and decelerate.
    TIP: Make sure the grilles aren’t concealed by furniture or other home items, too.
  • Outside obstructions: Correct air flow could be also deterred from outdoor barriers close to your system, such as shrubbery, trees, lawn chairs, etc. When the air flow is hindered, it can influence it’s cooling capacities. Make sure that your system is uninhibited by obstacles and is cleaned frequently to decrease 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 additional checks 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 start 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 fix your system function, call Rapids Sheet Metal Works Inc at 715-421-5555.

Don’t let an air conditioner malfunction or replacement keep you up at night. If you follow these procedures and keep your system under regular maintenance, you should have you air conditioner working again in no time. Our team at Rapids Sheet Metal Works Inc in Wisconsin Rapids is always here to assist – give us a call at 715-421-5555 or schedule an appointment online for us to come check your air conditioner and answer any questions you may have.