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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, particularly until you experience a taste of discomfort with an air conditioner failure. It can occur at the worst moments; you’re eating lunch and unexpectedly feel how warm your kitchen feels or you can’t fall asleep at night because you are so toasty 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 appropriately, but it still says that the temperature is beyond 80 degrees. It’s most often caused by an old or faulty air conditioner that demands a call to the professionals to find out what’s wrong. There are many explanations why air conditioners stop working, especially bearing in mind the weather in Metro Atlanta. Here are some things that you can examine for before you call ACS Inc if you think your air conditioner has stopped working:

  • Broken outdoor fan motor: There is a fan motor on your outdoor air conditioning system that helps move the heat from your home to the outdoors. If you examine your system and see that the fan isn’t running, it means that the heat movement isn’t happening, causing the warm air to remain in your home. This failure can also cause overheating of the compressor and other potential internal damage to your system.
  • Dirty filters: It’s one of the most likely problems that ACS Inc sees. These dirty filters in your air conditioner reduce 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 increase your monthly energy costs.
  • Blocked air flow: Always look for an obstacle or blockage in your return-air or supply-air grille. This can initiate your air conditioner to lose efficiency and slow down.
    TIP: Make sure the grilles aren’t hidden by furniture or other home items, as well.
  • Outside obstructions: Good 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 deterred, it can influence it’s cooling abilities. Make sure that your system is unrestricted by obstacles and is cleaned regularly to decrease the likelihood of air conditioner replacement.

Once you’ve gone 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 running again. (Only progress to the next question if the system doesn’t switch on after doing the step before it):

  1. Is your thermostat temperature set 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 alter your system function, call ACS Inc at 770-939-7500.

Don’t let an air conditioner failure or replacement keep you awake at night. If you follow these tips and keep your system under regular maintenance, you should have you air conditioner operating again in no time. Our team at ACS Inc in Metro Atlanta is always here to help – give us a call at 770-939-7500 or set-up an appointment online for us to come check your air conditioner and answer any questions you may have.