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

Living in coolness in the summer can be taken for granted, mainly until you experience a taste of anxiety with an air conditioner malfunction. It can happen at the worst moments; you’re eating lunch and suddenly realize how warm your kitchen feels or you can’t fall asleep at night because you are so warm enfolded in your covers. Think you’re feeling this uneasiness? It might be the moment for an air conditioner replacement.

Usually, it isn’t the thermostat’s fault; the settings can be working correctly, but it still says that the temperature is over 80 degrees. It’s often times caused by an ancient 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 fail, especially bearing in mind the weather in Mobile. Here are a couple of things that you can examine for before you call Farnell Heating & Air Conditioning Inc if you think your air conditioner has quit working:

  • Broken outdoor fan motor: There is a fan motor on your external air conditioning system that helps flow the heat from your home to the outdoors. If you examine your system and see that the fan isn’t working, it means that the heat movement isn’t occurring, causing the warm air to hang around in your home. This failure can also initiate overheating of the compressor and other potential internal harm to your system.
  • Dirty filters: It’s one of the most likely troubles that Farnell Heating & Air Conditioning Inc sees. These unclean filters in your air conditioner lower suitable airflow, affecting the air quality in your home, which is really problematic when allergy season comes around. Unclean air filters can also reduce the efficiency in your home and boost your monthly energy costs.
  • Blocked air flow: Always check for an obstacle or obstruction in your return-air or supply-air grille. This can cause your air conditioner to waste efficiency and reduce speed.
    TIP: Make sure the grilles aren’t hidden by furniture or other home items, also.
  • Outside obstructions: Proper air flow could be also hindered from outdoor blockages near your system, such as shrubbery, trees, lawn chairs, etc. When the air flow is altered, it can affect it’s cooling abilities. Make sure that your system is free from obstacles and is cleaned routinely to decrease the likelihood of air conditioner replacement.

Once you’ve worked through these four system checks and your air conditioner still isn’t operating, here are a list of questions and tests that you should inspect and answer to get your system up and working again. (Only go 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 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 ok or has it blown a fuse or tripped a circuit breaker?
  6. If none of these things change your system function, call Farnell Heating & Air Conditioning Inc at 251-471-2674.

Don’t let an air conditioner breakdown or replacement keep you up at night. If you follow these procedures and keep your system under annual maintenance, you should have you air conditioner working again in no time. Our team at Farnell Heating & Air Conditioning Inc in Mobile is always here to help – give us a call at 251-471-2674 or arrange an appointment online for us to come inspect your air conditioner and answer any questions you may have.