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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, especially until you experience a taste of anxiety with an air conditioner failure. 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 warm enfolded 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 says that the temperature is over 80 degrees. It’s usually caused by an outdated or faulty air conditioner that requires a call to the experts to find out what’s wrong. There are many explanations why air conditioners fail, especially taking into consideration the weather in Bakersfield. Here are some things that you can look for before you call Hillcrest Air Conditioning & Plumbing if you think your air conditioner has stopped working:

  • Broken outdoor fan motor: There is a fan motor on your exterior air conditioning system that helps flow the heat from your home to the outdoors. If you scrutinize your system and see that the fan isn’t functioning properly, it means that the heat relocation isn’t transpiring, causing the warm air to stay in your home. This malfunction can also trigger overheating of the compressor and other possible internal destruction to your system.
  • Dirty filters: It’s one of the most likely issues that Hillcrest Air Conditioning & Plumbing sees. These unclean filters in your air conditioner decrease appropriate airflow, affecting the air quality in your home, which is really tricky when allergy season comes around. Filthy air filters can also reduce the efficiency in your home and increase your monthly energy costs.
  • Blocked air flow: Always check for an obstruction or obstruction in your return-air or supply-air grille. This can cause your air conditioner to waste efficiency and decelerate.
    TIP: Make sure the grilles aren’t concealed by furniture or other home items, also.
  • Outside obstructions: Proper air flow could be also deterred from outside 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 unrestricted by obstacles and is cleaned frequently to decrease the possibility of air conditioner replacement.

Once you’ve gone through these four system checks and your air conditioner still isn’t running, here are a list of questions and tests that you should check and answer to get your system up and running again. (Only go 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 function, call Hillcrest Air Conditioning & Plumbing at 661-437-3499.

Don’t let an air conditioner malfunction 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 operating again in no time. Our team at Hillcrest Air Conditioning & Plumbing in Bakersfield is always here to be of service – give us a call at 661-437-3499 or set-up an appointment online for us to come inspect your air conditioner and answer any questions you may have.