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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, mainly until you encounter a taste of anxiety with an air conditioner malfunction. It can happen 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 hot wrapped in your covers. Think you’re feeling this uneasiness? It might be the moment for an air conditioner replacement.

Often times, it isn’t the thermostat’s mistake; the settings can be working properly, but it still says that the temperature is above 80 degrees. It’s usually caused by an ancient or faulty air conditioner that requires a call to the pros to find out what’s wrong. There are many causes for why air conditioners break down, especially considering the weather in Longview. Here are a couple of things that you can examine for before you call Ben Maines Air Conditioning, Inc. if you think your air conditioner has quit working:

  • Broken outdoor fan motor: There is a fan motor on your exterior air conditioning system that helps move the heat from your home to the outdoors. If you inspect your system and see that the fan isn’t functioning properly, it means that the heat movement isn’t transpiring, causing the warm air to hang around in your home. This failure can also cause overheating of the compressor and other potential internal destruction to your system.
  • Dirty filters: It’s one of the most likely problems that Ben Maines Air Conditioning, Inc. sees. These dirty filters in your air conditioner decrease proper airflow, affecting the air quality in your home, which is really problematic 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 search for an obstruction or blockage in your return-air or supply-air grille. This can initiate your air conditioner to waste efficiency and slow down.
    TIP: Make sure the grilles aren’t covered by furniture or other home items, also.
  • Outside obstructions: Good air flow could be also deterred from exterior 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 free from obstacles and is cleaned routinely to reduce 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 check 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 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 whole or has it blown a fuse or tripped a circuit breaker?
  6. If none of these things alter your system function, call Ben Maines Air Conditioning, Inc. at 903-758-0701.

Don’t let an air conditioner malfunction 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 working again in no time. Our team at Ben Maines Air Conditioning, Inc. in Longview is always here to be of service – give us a call at 903-758-0701 or set-up an appointment online for us to come check your air conditioner and answer any questions you may have.