Living at ease in the summer can be taken for granted, particularly until you experience a taste of discomfort with an air conditioner breakdown. It can hit at the worst moments; you’re eating lunch and unexpectedly recognize how warm your kitchen feels or you can’t fall asleep at night because you are so warm wrapped in your covers. Think you’re feeling this uncomfortable feeling? It might be time for an air conditioner replacement.
More often than not, it isn’t the thermostat’s mistake; the settings can be operating appropriately, but it still says that the temperature is beyond 80 degrees. It’s most often caused by an ancient or faulty air conditioner that needs a call to the pros to find out what’s wrong. There are many reasons why air conditioners break down, especially considering the weather in Magnolia. Here are a few things that you can look for before you call JTech Mechanical if you think your air conditioner has quit 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 examine your system and see that the fan isn’t running, it means that the heat relocation isn’t happening, causing the warm air to remain in your home. This failure can also cause overheating of the compressor and other possible internal harm to your system.
- Dirty filters: It’s one of the most common troubles that JTech Mechanical sees. These dirty filters in your air conditioner lower appropriate airflow, affecting the air quality in your home, which is really tricky when allergy season strikes. Dirty air filters can also reduce the efficiency in your home and raise your monthly energy costs.
- Blocked air flow: Always check for an barrier or obstruction in your return-air or supply-air grille. This can set off your air conditioner to lose efficiency and slow down.
TIP: Make sure the grilles aren’t concealed by furniture or other home items, too.
- Outside obstructions: Good air flow could be also hindered from outside blockages around your system, such as shrubbery, trees, lawn chairs, etc. When the air flow is altered, it can change it’s cooling abilities. Make sure that your system is unrestricted by obstacles and is cleaned frequently to lower the possibility of air conditioner replacement.
Once you’ve worked 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 functioning again. (Only progress to the next question if the system doesn’t start after doing the step before it):
- Is your thermostat temperature programmed below the indoor temperature?
- Is your system switch in the COOL spot?
- Is the outdoor unit power supply switch ON?
- Is the furnace/air handler power supply ON?
- Is your house fuse box/breaker box ok or has it blown a fuse or tripped a circuit breaker?
- If none of these things fix your system function, call JTech Mechanical at 281-231-8768.
Don’t let an air conditioner breakdown or replacement keep you awake at night. If you follow these steps and keep your system under regular maintenance, you should have you air conditioner working again in no time. Our team at JTech Mechanical in Magnolia is always here to assist – give us a call at 281-231-8768.