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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, particularly until you experience a taste of anxiety with an air conditioner failure. It can happen at the worst moments; you’re eating lunch and suddenly feel 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 time for an air conditioner replacement.

Usually, it isn’t the thermostat’s fault; the settings can be operating appropriately, but it still says that the temperature is over 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 It’s often times caused by an outdated or faulty air conditioner that demands a call to the professionals to find out what’s wrong.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 fail, especially bearing in mind the weather in Scottsboro. Here are a few things that you can examine for before you call Southern Heating & Cooling Inc. if you think your air conditioner has broken down:

  • Broken outdoor fan motor: There is a fan motor on your external air conditioning system that helps move 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 relocation isn’t occurring, causing the warm air to hang around in your home. This problem can also cause overheating of the compressor and other likely internal destruction to your system.
  • Dirty filters: It’s one of the most likely troubles that Southern Heating & Cooling Inc. sees. These unclean filters in your air conditioner reduce suitable airflow, affecting the air quality in your home, which is really tricky when allergy season hits. Dirty air filters can also reduce the efficiency in your home and increase your monthly energy costs.
  • Blocked air flow: Always check for an obstacle or obstruction in your return-air or supply-air grille. This can set off your air conditioner to decrease efficiency and decelerate.
    TIP: Make sure the grilles aren’t covered by furniture or other home items, also.
  • Outside obstructions: Proper air flow could be also deterred from exterior blockages close to your system, such as shrubbery, trees, lawn chairs, etc. When the air flow is altered, it can influence it’s cooling abilities. Make sure that your system is free from obstacles and is cleaned routinely to lower the possibility 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 steps that you should inspect and answer to get your system up and running again. (Only move on to the next question if the system doesn’t start after doing the step before it):

  1. Is your thermostat temperature fixed below the indoor temperature?
  2. Is your system switch in the COOL position?
  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 whole or has it blown a fuse or tripped a circuit breaker?
  6. If none of these things change your system procedure, call Southern Heating & Cooling Inc. at 256-574-1300.

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 operating again in no time. Our team at Southern Heating & Cooling Inc. in Scottsboro is always here to assist – give us a call at 256-574-1300 or schedule an appointment online for us to come check your air conditioner and answer any questions you may have.