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Air Conditioner Replacement: what to do when your air conditioner stops working

Living at ease in the summer can be taken for granted, particularly until you experience a taste of discomfort with an air conditioner breakdown. 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 uneasiness? It might be the moment for an air conditioner replacement.

Often times, it isn’t the thermostat’s fault; the settings can be operating correctly, but it still states that the temperature is beyond 80 degrees. It’s often times caused by an ancient or faulty air conditioner that needs a call to the pros to find out what’s wrong. There are many causes for why air conditioners break down, especially bearing in mind the weather in Keokuk. Here are a few things that you can look for before you call WM J Kraus & Son 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 find that the fan isn’t functioning properly, it means that the heat relocation isn’t transpiring, causing the warm air to hang around in your home. This failure can also cause overheating of the compressor and other possible internal destruction to your system.
  • Dirty filters: It’s one of the most likely troubles that WM J Kraus & Son sees. These unclean 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 increase your monthly energy costs.
  • Blocked air flow: Always look for an obstruction or blockage in your return-air or supply-air grille. This can initiate your air conditioner to lose efficiency and reduce speed.
    TIP: Make sure the grilles aren’t concealed by furniture or other home items, also.
  • Outside obstructions: Proper air flow could be also slowed down from outdoor barriers around your system, such as shrubbery, trees, lawn chairs, etc. When the air flow is deterred, it can affect it’s cooling abilities. Make sure that your system is free from obstacles and is cleaned regularly to decrease the possibility of air conditioner replacement.

Once you’ve completed these four system checks and your air conditioner still isn’t running, here are a list of questions and steps that you should look into and answer to get your system up and working again. (Only go to the next question if the system doesn’t start 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 intact or has it blown a fuse or tripped a circuit breaker?
  6. If none of these things alter your system operation, call WM J Kraus & Son at 319-524-3714.

Don’t let an air conditioner malfunction or replacement keep you restless at night. If you follow these steps and keep your system under routine maintenance, you should have you air conditioner working again in no time. Our team at WM J Kraus & Son in Keokuk is always here to help – give us a call at 319-524-3714 or arrange an appointment online for us to come look at your air conditioner and answer any questions you may have.