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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, especially until you feel a taste of discomfort with an air conditioner failure. It can hit at the worst moments; you’re eating lunch and abruptly feel 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 the moment 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 reads that the temperature is beyond 80 degrees. It’s often times caused by an outdated or faulty air conditioner that demands a call to the professionals to find out what’s wrong.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 bearing in mind the weather in Olathe. Here are some things that you can examine for before you call Polestar Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning if you think your air conditioner has broken down:

  • 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 examine your system and see that the fan isn’t running, it means that the heat movement isn’t transpiring, causing the warm air to hang around in your home. This failure can also initiate overheating of the compressor and other likely internal damage to your system.
  • Dirty filters: It’s one of the most likely issues that Polestar Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning sees. These dirty filters in your air conditioner lower proper airflow, affecting the air quality in your home, which is really difficult when allergy season comes around. Unclean air filters can also lower the efficiency in your home and boost your monthly energy costs.
  • Blocked air flow: Always check for an obstacle or obstruction in your return-air or supply-air grille. This can set off your air conditioner to decrease efficiency and decelerate.
    TIP: Make sure the grilles aren’t covered by furniture or other home items, as well.
  • Outside obstructions: Good air flow could be also hindered from outdoor obstructions near your system, such as shrubbery, trees, lawn chairs, etc. When the air flow is deterred, it can change it’s cooling abilities. 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 operating, here are a list of questions and steps that you should check and answer to get your system up and working 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 set below the indoor temperature?
  2. Is your system switch in the COOL spot?
  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 alter your system function, call Polestar Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning at 913-432-3342.

Don’t let an air conditioner failure or replacement keep you up at night. If you follow these tips and keep your system under regular maintenance, you should have you air conditioner running again in no time. Our team at Polestar Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning in Olathe is always here to assist – give us a call at 913-432-3342 or schedule an appointment online for us to come inspect your air conditioner and answer any questions you may have.