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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 discomfort with an air conditioner failure. It can occur at the worst moments; you’re eating lunch and suddenly recognize 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 discomfort? 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 reads that the temperature is above 80 degrees. It’s most often caused by an old or faulty air conditioner that demands a call to the experts to find out what’s wrong. There are many explanations why air conditioners break down, especially considering the weather in Opelika. Here are some things that you can look for before you call Farnell Mechanical, Inc. if you think your air conditioner has stopped working:

  • Broken outdoor fan motor: There is a fan motor on your external air conditioning system that helps transport the heat from your home to the outdoors. If you scrutinize your system and discover that the fan isn’t working, it means that the heat transfer isn’t occurring, causing the warm air to remain in your home. This malfunction can also cause overheating of the compressor and other potential internal harm to your system.
  • Dirty filters: It’s one of the most common troubles that Farnell Mechanical, Inc. 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. Dirty air filters can also reduce the efficiency in your home and boost your monthly energy costs.
  • Blocked air flow: Always check for an barrier or blockage in your return-air or supply-air grille. This can set off your air conditioner to lose efficiency and decelerate.
    TIP: Make sure the grilles aren’t covered by furniture or other home items, also.
  • Outside obstructions: Good air flow could be also hindered from exterior blockages near your system, such as shrubbery, trees, lawn chairs, etc. When the air flow is hindered, it can influence it’s cooling abilities. Make sure that your system is unrestricted by obstacles and is cleaned frequently 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 look into and answer to get your system up and working again. (Only move on 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 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 change your system function, call Farnell Mechanical, Inc. at 334-524-2458.

Don’t let an air conditioner malfunction or replacement keep you up at night. If you follow these tips and keep your system under routine maintenance, you should have you air conditioner running again in no time. Our team at Farnell Mechanical, Inc. in Opelika is always here to be of service – give us a call at 334-524-2458 or schedule an appointment online for us to come inspect your air conditioner and answer any questions you may have.