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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 discomfort with an air conditioner failure. It can occur 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 toasty wrapped in your covers. Think you’re feeling this uncomfortable feeling? It might be time for an air conditioner replacement.

More often than not, it isn’t the thermostat’s fault; the settings can be running properly, but it still reads that the temperature is beyond 80 degrees. It’s most often caused by an ancient or faulty air conditioner that requires a call to the pros to find out what’s wrong. There are many causes for why air conditioners stop working, especially bearing in mind the weather in Cedar Rapids. Here are a couple of things that you can examine for before you call Ilten's Incorporated if you think your air conditioner has broken down:

  • Broken outdoor fan motor: There is a fan motor on your outdoor 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 working, it means that the heat movement isn’t occurring, causing the warm air to remain in your home. This failure can also initiate overheating of the compressor and other likely internal damage to your system.
  • Dirty filters: It’s one of the most familiar troubles that Ilten's Incorporated sees. These unclean filters in your air conditioner decrease appropriate airflow, affecting the air quality in your home, which is really tricky when allergy season comes around. Filthy air filters can also decrease the efficiency in your home and raise your monthly energy costs.
  • Blocked air flow: Always search for an obstacle or blockage in your return-air or supply-air grille. This can initiate your air conditioner to decrease efficiency and slow down.
    TIP: Make sure the grilles aren’t concealed by furniture or other home items, as well.
  • Outside obstructions: Correct air flow could be also slowed down from exterior barriers close to your system, such as shrubbery, trees, lawn chairs, etc. When the air flow is altered, it can affect it’s cooling abilities. Make sure that your system is uninhibited by obstacles and is cleaned regularly to reduce the likelihood 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 tests that you should look into 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 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 fix your system operation, call Ilten's Incorporated at 319-208-3295.

Don’t let an air conditioner malfunction or replacement keep you restless at night. If you follow these procedures and keep your system under annual maintenance, you should have you air conditioner operating again in no time. Our team at Ilten's Incorporated in Cedar Rapids is always here to help – give us a call at 319-208-3295.

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