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

May 28, 2015

Living in coolness in the summer can be taken for granted, especially until you experience a taste of uneasiness with an air conditioner breakdown. It can hit 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 warm wrapped in your covers. Think you’re feeling this uneasiness? It might be an occasion for an air conditioner replacement.

Usually, it isn’t the thermostat’s mistake; the settings can be running correctly, but it still says that the temperature is over 80 degrees. It’s usually caused by an outdated or faulty air conditioner that needs a call to the experts to find out what’s wrong. There are many explanations why air conditioners stop working, especially bearing in mind the weather in Bartlesville. Here are a couple of things that you can examine for before you call Farris Heating & Air if you think your air conditioner has stopped working:

  • Broken outdoor fan motor: There is a fan motor on your exterior air conditioning system that helps flow the heat from your home to the outdoors. If you scrutinize your system and find that the fan isn’t working, it means that the heat relocation isn’t occurring, causing the warm air to stay in your home. This problem can also cause overheating of the compressor and other likely internal damage to your system.
  • Dirty filters: It’s one of the most likely issues that Farris Heating & Air sees. These dirty filters in your air conditioner lower suitable airflow, affecting the air quality in your home, which is really tricky when allergy season comes around. Filthy air filters can also reduce the efficiency in your home and raise 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 lose efficiency and slow down.
    TIP: Make sure the grilles aren’t concealed by furniture or other home items, also.
  • Outside obstructions: Correct air flow could be also deterred from outdoor barriers around your system, such as shrubbery, trees, lawn chairs, etc. When the air flow is deterred, it can change it’s cooling capabilities. Make sure that your system is free from obstacles and is cleaned regularly to reduce the likelihood of air conditioner replacement.

Once you’ve completed 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 turn 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 ok or has it blown a fuse or tripped a circuit breaker?
  6. If none of these things alter your system function, call Farris Heating & Air at 918-534-8194.

Don’t let an air conditioner failure or replacement keep you awake at night. If you follow these steps and keep your system under regular maintenance, you should have you air conditioner running again in no time. Our team at Farris Heating & Air in Bartlesville is always here to assist – give us a call at 918-534-8194.