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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, particularly until you encounter a taste of discomfort with an air conditioner breakdown. It can happen at the worst moments; you’re eating lunch and abruptly realize 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 an occasion for an air conditioner replacement.

Often times, it isn’t the thermostat’s fault; the settings can be operating appropriately, but it still states that the temperature is beyond 80 degrees. It’s most often caused by an old or faulty air conditioner that requires a call to the pros to find out what’s wrong. There are many reasons why air conditioners stop working, especially considering the weather in Chicago. Here are a couple of things that you can look for before you call iTemp Heating and Air Conditioning if you think your air conditioner has stopped 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 find that the fan isn’t functioning properly, it means that the heat transfer isn’t transpiring, causing the warm air to hang around in your home. This problem can also cause overheating of the compressor and other possible internal destruction to your system.
  • Dirty filters: It’s one of the most common problems that iTemp Heating and Air Conditioning sees. These unclean filters in your air conditioner decrease proper airflow, affecting the air quality in your home, which is really tricky when allergy season hits. Unclean air filters can also reduce the efficiency in your home and increase your monthly energy costs.
  • Blocked air flow: Always look for an obstacle or jam in your return-air or supply-air grille. This can cause your air conditioner to lose efficiency and decelerate.
    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 outside obstructions near your system, such as shrubbery, trees, lawn chairs, etc. When the air flow is deterred, it can affect it’s cooling capacities. Make sure that your system is unrestricted by obstacles and is cleaned routinely to decrease the chance of air conditioner replacement.

Once you’ve completed these four system checks and your air conditioner still isn’t operating, here are a list of questions and tests that you should check and answer to get your system up and running 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 set below the indoor temperature?
  2. Is your system switch in the COOL setting?
  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 fix your system function, call iTemp Heating and Air Conditioning at 773-704-0640.

Don’t let an air conditioner malfunction or replacement keep you restless at night. If you follow these steps and keep your system under annual maintenance, you should have you air conditioner working again in no time. Our team at iTemp Heating and Air Conditioning in Chicago is always here to be of service – give us a call at 773-704-0640 or set-up an appointment online for us to come check your air conditioner and answer any questions you may have.