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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, especially until you encounter a taste of uneasiness with an air conditioner failure. It can occur 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 warm enfolded in your covers. Think you’re feeling this uneasiness? It might be an occasion for an air conditioner replacement.

Often times, it isn’t the thermostat’s error; the settings can be working correctly, but it still reads that the temperature is beyond 80 degrees. It’s most often caused by an old or faulty air conditioner that needs a call to the pros to find out what’s wrong. There are many explanations why air conditioners stop working, especially bearing in mind the weather in Williamsport. Here are some things that you can examine for before you call Lycoming Heating Company if you think your air conditioner has broken down:

  • Broken outdoor fan motor: There is a fan motor on your external air conditioning system that helps flow the heat from your home to the outdoors. If you scrutinize your system and discover that the fan isn’t running, it means that the heat movement isn’t occurring, causing the warm air to remain in your home. This malfunction can also cause overheating of the compressor and other likely internal destruction to your system.
  • Dirty filters: It’s one of the most likely troubles that Lycoming Heating Company sees. These unclean filters in your air conditioner reduce appropriate airflow, affecting the air quality in your home, which is really tricky when allergy season comes around. Dirty air filters can also lower the efficiency in your home and raise your monthly energy costs.
  • Blocked air flow: Always search for an obstruction or jam in your return-air or supply-air grille. This can set off your air conditioner to waste efficiency and slow down.
    TIP: Make sure the grilles aren’t concealed by furniture or other home items, also.
  • Outside obstructions: Correct air flow could be also hindered from outdoor obstructions near your system, such as shrubbery, trees, lawn chairs, etc. When the air flow is hindered, it can change it’s cooling capacities. Make sure that your system is unrestricted by obstacles and is cleaned frequently to lower the possibility of air conditioner replacement.

Once you’ve completed these four system checks and your air conditioner still isn’t working, here are a list of questions and additional checks that you should check and answer to get your system up and functioning again. (Only move on 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 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 ok or has it blown a fuse or tripped a circuit breaker?
  6. If none of these things change your system function, call Lycoming Heating Company at 570-326-4450.

Don’t let an air conditioner breakdown or replacement keep you awake at night. If you follow these tips and keep your system under annual maintenance, you should have you air conditioner working again in no time. Our team at Lycoming Heating Company in Williamsport is always here to assist – give us a call at 570-326-4450 or set-up an appointment online for us to come check your air conditioner and answer any questions you may have.