Living at ease in the summer can be taken for granted, particularly until you experience a taste of discomfort with an air conditioner failure. It can happen 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 toasty enfolded in your covers. Think you’re feeling this uneasiness? It might be the moment for an air conditioner replacement.
Usually, it isn’t the thermostat’s error; the settings can be operating properly, but it still says that the temperature is beyond 80 degrees. It’s most often caused by an outdated or faulty air conditioner that needs a call to the pros to find out what’s wrong. There are many reasons why air conditioners stop working, especially taking into consideration the weather in Los Angeles. Here are a few things that you can look for before you call AZ Air Conditioning and Heating if you think your air conditioner has stopped working:
- Broken outdoor fan motor: There is a fan motor on your outdoor air conditioning system that helps transport the heat from your home to the outdoors. If you inspect your system and discover that the fan isn’t running, it means that the heat transfer isn’t occurring, causing the warm air to hang around in your home. This problem can also cause overheating of the compressor and other possible internal harm to your system.
- Dirty filters: It’s one of the most likely troubles that AZ Air Conditioning and Heating sees. These filthy filters in your air conditioner lower proper airflow, affecting the air quality in your home, which is really tricky when allergy season comes around. Dirty air filters can also reduce the efficiency in your home and raise 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 covered by furniture or other home items, too.
- Outside obstructions: Good air flow could be also slowed down from outdoor obstructions near your system, such as shrubbery, trees, lawn chairs, etc. When the air flow is deterred, it can affect it’s cooling capabilities. Make sure that your system is uninhibited by obstacles and is cleaned regularly to decrease the chance 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 running again. (Only progress to the next question if the system doesn’t switch on after doing the step before it):
- Is your thermostat temperature set below the indoor temperature?
- Is your system switch in the COOL setting?
- Is the outdoor unit power supply switch ON?
- Is the furnace/air handler power supply ON?
- Is your house fuse box/breaker box whole or has it blown a fuse or tripped a circuit breaker?
- If none of these things alter your system function, call AZ Air Conditioning and Heating at 800-296-5088.
Don’t let an air conditioner malfunction or replacement keep you awake at night. If you follow these procedures and keep your system under routine maintenance, you should have you air conditioner running again in no time. Our team at AZ Air Conditioning and Heating in Los Angeles is always here to be of service – give us a call at 800-296-5088.