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

Summer and comfort go hand in hand, but when you’re dealing with an air conditioner that isn’t leaving you with the comfort you expect, you may need to ponder 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 an easy day at home. As lunchtime nears, you realize that it’s starting to feel awfully warm inside. You check the thermostat and all seems to be well with the settings, but the temperature says 85 degrees.

It’s a possibility that you rode it out as much as you could, but now it’s time to call in an expert and find out what’s wrong. So what does that mean for you as a homeowner? Well, there are a couple reasons that you could be facing air conditioner replacement. And considering the weather in Scottsboro, you don’t want to be stuck without what might 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 notice a change in air flow, check for a blocked return-air or supply-air grille. Be sure all of these grilles are not blocked by furniture or other items.
  • Non-working outdoor fan. If you go outside to look at your air conditioner’s outdoor fan and it doesn’t run, you’ll want to give the professionals at Southern Heating & Cooling Inc. in Scottsboro a call. That fan is in charge of the transferring of heat from your home to the outdoors. If it doesn’t run, that heat transfer isn’t occurring and can cause a variety of issues, including overheating of the compressor and other potential internal issues.
  • Outside obstructions. If your air conditioner is currently bordered by shrubbery or other potential obstructions, there could be a problem with enough air flow to the unit. Over time this could also mean that dirt and debris end up clogging your system and inhibiting its cooling abilities. Ensure your system is free from obstructions and is cleaned routinely to potentially decrease your chances of needing air conditioner replacement.
  • Dirty filters. One of the most common concerns that Southern Heating & Cooling Inc. has is improperly cared for filters. Dirty filters not only decrease airflow, they can also hurt your system’s efficiency and can drive up your monthly energy costs. They also affect air quality and when allergy season is in full-swing, a dirty filter can have a great 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.

  1. Check that the thermostat temperature set-point is set below indoor temperature, and the system switch is in the COOL position.
  2. Is the outdoor unit power supply switch "on"?
  3. Is the furnace/air handler power supply "on"?
  4. Check the house fuse box/breaker box for a blown fuse or tripped circuit breaker.
  5. If the system still does not operate, call Southern Heating & Cooling Inc. at 256-574-1300.

Having a broken air conditioner and dealing with air conditioner replacement doesn’t have to be a headache. Sure, your system may not be running , but that’s why the team at Southern Heating & Cooling Inc. in Scottsboro is here to help. Give us a call at 256-574-1300 or schedule an appointment online and we’ll be sure to come out and get your system back up and running in no time.