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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, especially until you experience a taste of anxiety with an air conditioner failure. It can happen at the worst moments; you’re eating lunch and unexpectedly realize how warm your kitchen feels or you can’t fall asleep at night because you are so warm wrapped 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 error; the settings can be working correctly, but it still says that the temperature is beyond 80 degrees. It’s usually caused by an old or faulty air conditioner that requires a call to the professionals to find out what’s wrong. There are many causes for why air conditioners break down, especially bearing in mind the weather in Winnipeg. Here are a couple of things that you can examine for before you call Kirkfield Heating & Air Conditioning if you think your air conditioner has stopped working:

  • Broken outdoor fan motor: There is a fan motor on your outdoor air conditioning system that helps move the heat from your home to the outdoors. If you scrutinize your system and find that the fan isn’t functioning properly, it means that the heat movement isn’t occurring, causing the warm air to stay in your home. This failure can also trigger overheating of the compressor and other possible internal harm to your system.
  • Dirty filters: It’s one of the most familiar troubles that Kirkfield Heating & Air Conditioning sees. These dirty filters in your air conditioner reduce proper airflow, affecting the air quality in your home, which is really problematic when allergy season hits. Unclean air filters can also lower the efficiency in your home and increase your monthly energy costs.
  • Blocked air flow: Always check for an obstruction or jam in your return-air or supply-air grille. This can initiate your air conditioner to decrease efficiency and reduce speed.
    TIP: Make sure the grilles aren’t concealed by furniture or other home items, also.
  • Outside obstructions: Correct 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 hindered, it can affect it’s cooling abilities. Make sure that your system is unrestricted by obstacles and is cleaned routinely to reduce the chance 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 tests 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 switch 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 setting?
  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 Kirkfield Heating & Air Conditioning at 204-272-8128.

Don’t let an air conditioner breakdown or replacement keep you restless at night. If you follow these tips and keep your system under routine maintenance, you should have you air conditioner working again in no time. Our team at Kirkfield Heating & Air Conditioning in Winnipeg is always here to be of service – give us a call at 204-272-8128.

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