Living in comfort in the summer can be taken for granted, particularly until you experience 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 hot bound in your covers. Think you’re feeling this uncomfortable feeling? It might be the moment for an air conditioner replacement.
More often than not, it isn’t the thermostat’s fault; the settings can be operating correctly, but it still states that the temperature is above 80 degrees. It’s often times caused by an outdated or faulty air conditioner that demands a call to the professionals to find out what’s wrong. There are many explanations why air conditioners break down, especially taking into consideration the weather in Williamsport. Here are a couple of things that you can look for before you call Lycoming Heating Company if you think your air conditioner has stopped 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 scrutinize your system and see that the fan isn’t functioning properly, it means that the heat transfer isn’t occurring, causing the warm air to remain 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 familiar issues that Lycoming Heating Company sees. These filthy filters in your air conditioner lower proper airflow, affecting the air quality in your home, which is really tricky when allergy season strikes. Unclean air filters can also decrease the efficiency in your home and boost your monthly energy costs.
- Blocked air flow: Always look for an obstacle or jam in your return-air or supply-air grille. This can set off your air conditioner to decrease 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 slowed down from exterior obstructions close to your system, such as shrubbery, trees, lawn chairs, etc. When the air flow is altered, it can change it’s cooling abilities. Make sure that your system is unrestricted by obstacles and is cleaned regularly to reduce the likelihood 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 additional checks that you should inspect and answer to get your system up and working again. (Only move on to the next question if the system doesn’t turn on after doing the step before it):
- Is your thermostat temperature programmed below the indoor temperature?
- Is your system switch in the COOL position?
- Is the outdoor unit power supply switch ON?
- Is the furnace/air handler power supply ON?
- Is your house fuse box/breaker box intact or has it blown a fuse or tripped a circuit breaker?
- If none of these things change your system function, call Lycoming Heating Company at 570-244-2510.
Don’t let an air conditioner failure 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 running again in no time. Our team at Lycoming Heating Company in Williamsport is always here to assist – give us a call at 570-244-2510.