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

Living in comfort in the summer can be taken for granted, particularly until you experience a taste of anxiety with an air conditioner malfunction. 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 toasty wrapped in your covers. Think you’re feeling this uneasiness? It might be time for an air conditioner replacement.

Often times, it isn’t the thermostat’s fault; the settings can be running correctly, but it still reads that the temperature is above 80 degrees. It’s usually caused by an old or faulty air conditioner that demands a call to the professionals to find out what’s wrong. There are many reasons why air conditioners stop working, especially considering the weather in Pinellas County. Here are some things that you can search for before you call Hale's Air Conditioning Services Inc if you think your air conditioner has quit working:

  • Broken outdoor fan motor: There is a fan motor on your outdoor 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 running, it means that the heat relocation isn’t happening, causing the warm air to hang around in your home. This problem can also cause overheating of the compressor and other potential internal destruction to your system.
  • Dirty filters: It’s one of the most common problems that Hale's Air Conditioning Services Inc sees. These filthy filters in your air conditioner decrease suitable airflow, affecting the air quality in your home, which is really difficult 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 obstacle or obstruction in your return-air or supply-air grille. This can set off your air conditioner to waste efficiency and slow down.
    TIP: Make sure the grilles aren’t hidden by furniture or other home items, as well.
  • Outside obstructions: Correct air flow could be also deterred from outside barriers close to 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 lower 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 additional checks that you should check and answer to get your system up and functioning again. (Only go 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 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 whole or has it blown a fuse or tripped a circuit breaker?
  6. If none of these things alter your system operation, call Hale's Air Conditioning Services Inc at 727-398-5515.

Don’t let an air conditioner malfunction or replacement keep you awake at night. If you follow these tips and keep your system under annual maintenance, you should have you air conditioner running again in no time. Our team at Hale's Air Conditioning Services Inc in Pinellas County is always here to assist – give us a call at 727-398-5515 or set-up an appointment online for us to come inspect your air conditioner and answer any questions you may have.