Air Conditioner Replacement: what to do when your air conditioner stops working Posted May 28, 2015 Summer and comfort are made for each other, but when you’re dealing with an air conditioner that isn’t leaving you with the comfort you expect, you may need to consider air conditioner replacement. Take a minute and think about this scenario: it’s only a few weeks in to the summer and you’re enjoying a relaxing day at home. As lunchtime rolls around, you recognize that it’s beginning to feel awfully warm inside. You check the thermostat and all seems to be well with the settings, but the temperature is reading 85 degrees. It’s quite possible that you rode it out as much as you could, but now it’s time to call in a technician and discover what’s wrong. So what does that mean for you as a homeowner? Well, there are a number of reasons that you could be facing air conditioner replacement. And considering the weather in Pocatello, you don’t want to be caught without what may be the single most significant piece of home comfort equipment you own. Here are a few things you should be looking for if you think your air conditioner has stopped working: Insufficient air flow. If you recognize a change in air flow, check for a blocked return-air or supply-air grille. Be sure all of these grilles are not covered by furniture or other items. Non-working outdoor fan. If you go outside to inspect your air conditioner’s outdoor fan and it doesn’t run, you’ll want to give the pros at Vogts Heating & Air in Pocatello a call. That fan is responsible for the transferring of heat from your home to the outdoors. If it doesn’t run, that heat transfer isn’t taking place and can cause various issues, including overheating of the compressor and other potential internal problems. Outside obstructions. If your air conditioner is currently circled by shrubbery or other potential obstructions, there could be an issue with good air flow to the unit. Over time this could also mean that dirt and debris end up clogging your system and damaging its cooling abilities. Make sure your system is free from obstructions and is cleaned frequently to potentially decrease your chances of needing air conditioner replacement. Dirty filters. One of the most common concerns that Vogts Heating & Air has is improperly cared for filters. Dirty filters not only decrease airflow, they can also effect your system’s efficiency and can drive up your energy bills. They also affect air quality and when allergy season is in full-swing, a dirty filter can have a huge impact on your home comfort. If you have checked all of these and your air conditioner still isn’t running, follow these step-by-step instructions, only moving to the next step if the system doesn’t start. Check that the thermostat temperature set-point is set below indoor temperature, and the system switch is in the COOL position. Is the outdoor unit power supply switch "on"? Is the furnace/air handler power supply "on"? Check the house fuse box/breaker box for a blown fuse or tripped circuit breaker. If the system still does not operate, call Vogts Heating & Air at 208-621-0129. Having a broken air conditioner and dealing with air conditioner replacement doesn’t have to be a headache. Sure, your system may not be operating , but that’s why the team at Vogts Heating & Air in Pocatello is here to help. Give us a call at 208-621-0129.