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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 anxiety with an air conditioner malfunction. It can happen at the worst moments; you’re eating lunch and suddenly realize how warm your kitchen feels or you can’t fall asleep at night because you are so hot 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 working properly, but it still states that the temperature is over 80 degrees. It’s often times caused by an old or faulty air conditioner that requires a call to the pros to find out what’s wrong. There are many explanations why air conditioners fail, especially bearing in mind the weather in Saint Louis. Here are some things that you can look for before you call Morgner Incorporated Air Conditioning & Heating 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 flow 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 movement isn’t happening, causing the warm air to remain in your home. This failure can also initiate overheating of the compressor and other potential internal harm to your system.
  • Dirty filters: It’s one of the most familiar problems that Morgner Incorporated Air Conditioning & Heating sees. These unclean filters in your air conditioner lower suitable airflow, affecting the air quality in your home, which is really difficult when allergy season hits. Dirty air filters can also lower the efficiency in your home and raise your monthly energy costs.
  • Blocked air flow: Always look for an barrier or blockage in your return-air or supply-air grille. This can cause your air conditioner to waste efficiency and slow down.
    TIP: Make sure the grilles aren’t hidden by furniture or other home items, also.
  • Outside obstructions: Correct air flow could be also deterred from exterior obstructions near your system, such as shrubbery, trees, lawn chairs, etc. When the air flow is hindered, it can affect it’s cooling capabilities. Make sure that your system is free from obstacles and is cleaned regularly to reduce the possibility of air conditioner replacement.

Once you’ve worked through these four system checks and your air conditioner still isn’t working, 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 turn 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 alter your system operation, call Morgner Incorporated Air Conditioning & Heating at 314-961-0875.

Don’t let an air conditioner failure or replacement keep you up at night. If you follow these tips and keep your system under routine maintenance, you should have you air conditioner working again in no time. Our team at Morgner Incorporated Air Conditioning & Heating in Saint Louis is always here to help – give us a call at 314-961-0875 or schedule an appointment online for us to come look at your air conditioner and answer any questions you may have.