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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, mainly until you feel a taste of anxiety with an air conditioner malfunction. It can occur at the worst moments; you’re eating lunch and abruptly 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 discomfort? It might be the moment for an air conditioner replacement.

Often times, it isn’t the thermostat’s mistake; the settings can be running appropriately, but it still reads that the temperature is over 80 degrees. It’s usually caused by an outdated or faulty air conditioner that requires a call to the pros to find out what’s wrong.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 Rapid City. Here are a couple of things that you can examine for before you call Street Heating & Sheet Metal Inc if you think your air conditioner has quit working:

  • Broken outdoor fan motor: There is a fan motor on your external air conditioning system that helps move the heat from your home to the outdoors. If you inspect your system and discover that the fan isn’t functioning properly, it means that the heat transfer isn’t occurring, causing the warm air to stay in your home. This failure can also cause overheating of the compressor and other likely internal damage to your system.
  • Dirty filters: It’s one of the most common problems that Street Heating & Sheet Metal Inc sees. These filthy filters in your air conditioner lower suitable airflow, affecting the air quality in your home, which is really difficult when allergy season comes around. Filthy air filters can also decrease the efficiency in your home and boost your monthly energy costs.
  • Blocked air flow: Always search for an barrier or blockage 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 hidden by furniture or other home items, also.
  • Outside obstructions: Proper air flow could be also deterred from outdoor barriers close to your system, such as shrubbery, trees, lawn chairs, etc. When the air flow is hindered, it can affect it’s cooling capacities. Make sure that your system is unrestricted by obstacles and is cleaned frequently to reduce the chance of air conditioner replacement.

Once you’ve worked through these four system checks and your air conditioner still isn’t running, here are a list of questions and additional checks that you should look into and answer to get your system up and functioning again. (Only progress to the next question if the system doesn’t turn 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 whole or has it blown a fuse or tripped a circuit breaker?
  6. If none of these things fix your system function, call Street Heating & Sheet Metal Inc at 605-342-5107.

Don’t let an air conditioner breakdown or replacement keep you up at night. If you follow these procedures and keep your system under regular maintenance, you should have you air conditioner operating again in no time. Our team at Street Heating & Sheet Metal Inc in Rapid City is always here to be of service – give us a call at 605-342-5107 or arrange an appointment online for us to come look at your air conditioner and answer any questions you may have.